House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said special counsel Robert Mueller's recent indictment of 12 Russian officials on charges of hacking Democrats' computers during the 2016 campaign looks "ridiculous" because it left out the fact that Russians also targeted Republicans.
During an interview Sunday with Maria Bartiromo, Nunes accused the media of ignoring the findings of his committee's report, which he said is more comprehensive than Mueller's indictment.
"This entire report that you have in front of you, all you had to do was get to page 4, and you only had to read chapter 2 and you would have had nearly everything that's in the indictment," Nunes said. "There's more in this report than what's in the indictment. And this is what's very frustrating."
REP. DEVIN NUNES (R), CALIFORNIA: And, actually, there's more in this report than what's in the indictment, OK?
And this is what -- this is what's very frustrating. So -- so, it's great that they indicted Russians. Yes, they did bad things. I mean, they're always up to bad things. We know that. They have very sophisticated intelligence capabilities in Russia. And they are always -- they are constantly attacking the United States and our allies.
However, in the indictment, they leave out some really important people that they also went after.
So, the indictment plays like they're only going after the Democrats, when Bob Mueller and all his investigators and his lawyers know for a fact that they also targeted Republicans.
Why is that not in the indictment? It makes the indictment look ridiculous.
BARTIROMO: OK. So...
NUNES: Now, I'm not saying they shouldn't be indicted. I'm just saying that...
BARTIROMO: That the Russians were targeting both Democrats and Republicans.
NUNES: And Republicans.
NUNES: And they know that. It's in our report.
So why doesn't the -- why doesn't Department of Justice allow this to be declassified, so the American public can see this?
BARTIROMO: The other thing is that these people are never going to see justice, right? I mean, we don't have jurisdiction over these -- these people. They're not going to come to the U.S.
And so they really won't actually be held accountable.
NUNES: Right. They're intelligence officers, so they're not going to be held accountable.
It doesn't mean, though, that we shouldn't call out Russia for attacking our -- conducting cyber-attacks on our system.
BARTIROMO: But the timing of this, I mean, they -- they released this right after the Peter Strzok hearing.
And your point is, we knew all of this year ago. Why is now the time to make these arrests, and not a year ago, when you actually had the information?
NUNES: Well, I have to call into question. You knew about this a year-and-a-half ago. You for sure knew it because you got our report. So you for sure knew it by March and April of this year.
And then it looks like all you did, all the Mueller did was validate our report, indict some Russians, and leave out, I think, some very pertinent, relative of -- evidence that the American public should see, which is why we continue to have to fight.
This report has been mocked by the media, has been mocked by the Democrats, and still is mostly redacted by the Department of Justice and the intelligence agencies.