Nunes on Strzok Text: How Could That Have Possibly Been Redacted?; "Classic Case Of Obstruction"

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House Intel Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) was flabbergasted to find that the Strzok-Page text messages released with the IG report were redacted. He called it a "classic case of obstruction" from Congress. On the Thursday edition of FOX News' Ingraham Angle, Nunes promised the committee is "going to get all of the documents" and the question will become, "Who is going to get busted? Who's going to jail?"

"Why did I find out about that, today, at noon?" Nunes asked. "How could that have possibly have been redacted?"

"I mean, this is a classic case of obstruction, but then, the question is, who’s going to go investigate these guys?" he added.





"These are emails or text messages that somebody held from us, so every day that goes by, there is a new example of obstruction of a congressional investigation," Nunes said. "The same people in charge today still believe they can run the clock out, and they're trying to run the clock out for the rest of this Congress so we can't finish our investigations."

"I want to read, to you, an exchange between Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, the star-crossed lovers. She basically said, you know, she was worried (ph) he’s -- Donald Trump’s not going to get elected, right, right. And he answers, basically, don’t worry, we’ll stop it. No, no, no, no, we’ll stop it," host Laura Ingraham said to the Congressman.

"He was the lead investigator on the Clinton e-mail case," Nunes responded. "He’s the lead investigator that starts off the counter intelligence investigation, using our intelligence agencies to go after and target the Trump campaign. This is the guy who leads that off, but worse than all that, worse than all that, and I just want to repeat what I said, in the opening."

"Why wasn’t that given to Congress? Why did I find out about that, today, at noon?" Nunes asked.

Nunes said he doesn't know how the Mueller investigation can "end up fairly" after at least five people have already been kicked off the team and Clinton donors make up the "rest."

"So if there’s five people who’ve been kicked off the campaign, I mean off the Mueller team, how is it possible that – if you look at the rest of the people that are there, I mean they were all Clinton donors. So – I – you know, I don’t know how this is – this is going to end up fairly. I don’t know where this is going," he said.

Transcript, via FOX News:

LAURA INGRAHAM, FOX NEWS HOST: Continuing coverage of the IG report, out today. Well, despite a number of explosive revelations, some law makers are still suggesting that parts may have been redacted.

Joining me now, to give us exclusive reaction is, House Intel Chair, Devin Nunes. Congressman, this is what we’ve all been waiting for. On this matter, on the Hilary e-mail matter, you’re initial reaction?

REP. DEVIN NUNES (R-CA): The first thing I can think of is, is, there was information that we got, today, at 11:00, 12:00. The -- actually, Chairman Gowdy had to call and tell me what it was, text messages that we had been asking for since late last year.

Now these are text messages that, clearly, were pertinent to our investigation into FISA abuse and to the Russia investigation, whether or not there was collusion. These are e-mails or text message that somebody held from us. So, everyday that goes by, there is a new example of obstruction, of a congressional investigation.

INGRAHAM: So, I want to read, to you, an exchange between Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, the star-crossed lovers. She basically said, you know, she was worried (ph) he’s -- Donald Trump’s not going to get elected, right, right. And he answers, basically, don’t worry, we’ll stop it. No, no, no, no, we’ll stop it.

NUNES: Right. That’s --

INGRAHAM: What does that tell you?

NUNES: Well, --

(CROSSTALK)

INGRAHAM: The lead investigator -- the lead investigator --

NUNES: He was the lead investigator on the Clinton e-mail case. He’s the lead investigator that starts off the counter intelligence investigation, using our intelligence agencies to go after and target the Trump campaign. This is the guy who leads that off, but worse than all that, worse than all that, and I just want to repeat what I said, in the opening. Why wasn’t that given to Congress. Why did I find out about that, today, at noon.

I mean, this is a classic case of obstruction, but then, the question is, who’s going to go investigate these guys. I mean, we’re going to come out, we’re going to be very transparent with the American people.

We’re ultimately going to get all of the documents that we want and ultimately this is all going to spill out and then people are going ask well, what are you going to do? Who’s -- who’s going to get busted? Who’s going to go to jail?

INGRAHAM: So Lisa Page’s text was released before but the Strzok don’t worry we’ll stop it. No, no, no we’ll stop it. That came today.

NUNES: And why is -- how could that have possibly have been redacted. And that’s the problem. They keep blacking things out across the board. Not giving us documents that at the end of the day always end up being very pertinent to our investigation.

INGRAHAM: The I.G. wrote the following in one part of the report, "Under these circumstances we did not have confidence that Strzok’s decision to prioritize the Russia investigation over the following up on the midyear related investigative lead discovered on the Weiner laptop was free from biased."

So the I.G. cannot confidently state that that decision was not free from biased. But they’re all dining out on the fact on the left, well there was no political biased on the part of Comey that was found. So they’re trying to really down play it.

NUNES: Yes. And let me tell you what we know about that at the time. So we actually had, and I’ve never actually said this before because we had whistle blowers but we couldn’t really use the information but now that it’s in the I.G. report we can.

We had whistle blowers that came to us in late September of 2016 who talked to us about this laptop sitting up in New York that had additional emails on it. I mean the House Intelligence video we had that but we couldn’t do anything with it.

INGRAHAM: When was that again?

NUNES: In 2016.

INGRAHAM: What -- do you know when exactly?

NUNES: Of -- I think it was late September.



INGRAHAM: OK. So ultimately they -- they didn’t move on this until late October.

NUNES: So -- so -- so good FBI agents brought this to our attention but what could we do with it?

INGRAHAM: Well, there’s another exchange I want to bring to your attention.

NUNES: But do you know why? I said it because it was all classified and this is the game that Comey and company have been playing because they hide behind this …

(CROSSTALK)

INGRAHAM: Classification can’t -- can’t talk about it. Well they all thought Hilary was going to win. And rocking the boat was tough. He made a decision to go after that laptop because he thought OK if someone finds out about it they’re going to think the whole election was illegitimate. And then it quickly dispenses there’s nothing here to work about.

(CROSSTALK)

NUNES: OK, you know what, I -- that’s true but also what’s true is is that I think the same people in charge today still believe they can run the clock out and they’re trying to run the clock out for the rest of this Congress so we can’t finish our investigations.

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