Nunes: There Was A Conspiracy To Mislead The FISA Court


Rep. Devin Nunes presses President Trump to ask British Prime Minister Theresa May about her government's role in Steele dossier on the Wednesday edition of 'Hannity.'

SEAN HANNITY, FOX NEWS: Congressman, let's talk about the letter, and is there any possibility, in your mind, and if so, how strong, that there might have been people in our intelligence community, not rank and file, that perhaps outsourced what would be illegal intelligence gathering to our allies? Random countries like Great Britain, Australia, maybe Italy?

REP. DEVIN NUNES (R-CA): Well, I think we can be short about one thing, and that is that on foreign soil, someone was running operations against Trump campaign people. Now, we don't know if that was our government, if it was the British government, or if it was some type of firm of some kind that was doing it. But I think it is definitely a fact, Sean, that at least on British soil, possibly on Italian soil, there were activities going on that we need to get to the bottom of. And look, it has been very frustrating because we have been asking these questions, and we are not getting them from places like the FBI.

So, as you probably know, the president is getting ready to head to London here in a couple of weeks to spend time with the queen. I spent a lot of time with intelligence officials from the U.K. And so, look, I think we need to get some answers here.

HANNITY: Congressman, we now know, and it is getting deeper every day. We know that in closed-door testimony, Bruce Ohr warned everybody, in August of 2016, about the dossier being unverified, about Hillary paying for it, about Steele hating Donald Trump.

We also know ten days before the first FISA application was filed, signed by Jim Comey, that in fact, upper echelon -- again, not rank-and-file FBI people. They were all warned, Department of Justice people, warned, that, in fact, Steele had a political agenda, he had an election day deadline.

Now, we also know that, in fact, spies were sent in vis-a-vis Stefan Halper, for Carter Page, Papadopoulos, Sam Clovis, on top of the spying, basically through the FISA warrant into all things Trump. What else are we going to find out?

NUNES: Well, I know this much about Christopher Steele, and his dossier. You know, I've read plenty of intelligence reports. I've met with plenty of British officials that are in intelligence, not only in the U.K., but here and abroad.

They have been very valuable allies to us. They are not idiots, Sean. There is no possible way that British intelligence folks read the Christopher Steele dossier and didn't just laugh, OK?

So I actually believe that Mueller knows that the Mueller dossier team knew that the Brits actually I think did give us some morning. But we can't get that information. I think there are things that Mueller knew about, I think the Brits probably did raise concerns about Steele's credibility to the new administration.

But, of course, we can't get those documents. It's what we continue to try to get. I think, hopefully, it is what the U.S. attorney out of Connecticut is going to get to the bottom of.

HANNITY: Were you -- is this a true statement that with all of the warnings ahead of time, that the FISA applications with -- your memo, Grassley-Graham memo, bulk of information unverified, Clinton bought and paid for, they lied by omission, and they lied straight up, saying it was verified, but we know it's an unverifiable document. Now we know Steele doesn't stand behind it, that this was a premeditated conspiracy to commit fraud on a FISA court.

Do you believe that as I do?

NUNES: Well, we made a criminal referral that there was a conspiracy to fraud the FISA court. We also made one that there was also conspiracy to manipulate intelligence. You had on John Solomon earlier. He has filed a request with the court.

The easiest way to clean this up, and the quickest way, would be for the FISA court itself, for the FISC, the secret court, to come out and take action against all of these top level people at the Department of Justice and the FBI who fraudulently produced information to the court. You know, because if not, if the courts doesn't do this, it is -- we are going to run all through all of this between I.G. and the U.S. attorney, the work that we continue to have to do.

And look, at the end of the day, it's not going to be believable that we should have a secret court in this country if they can't take action to enforce people that deliberately lie to them.

HANNITY: Do you believe Robert Mueller has something to answer for when it comes to when did he know that there was no collusion? A. B, if you have time for old tax returns, loan applications, and taxi medallions, morning raids with guns drawn at 4:00 a.m. with unarmed people, 30 people doing it, and he didn't get to the dossier? Literally, "The New York Times" suggests --


NUNES: He knew the day he walked in the door --


NUNES: -- he knew the day he walked in the door that there was no evidence of collusion. But the Mueller dossier as we talked about the last few weeks, people actually read it closely, they are going to find, this is an absolute joke. He made out most of the information in his report based off of news stories.

So, you had circular reporting where you would have leaks from the Clinton campaign --


NUNES: -- leaks from FBI, runs in a new story, and lo and behold, after $40 million, what you have? We have a news story regurgitated to the American public.

HANNITY: Your five buckets are revealed, what will the average American think?

NUNES: Well, I think they will say someone needs to be held accountable for their actions. And no American would want to be treated the way that many Americans were treated in this country, especially the president of the United States.

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