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Devin Nunes: Details Of The Origins Of The Trump-Russia Investigation Are A "Case Study" In Washington Corruption

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Republican California Rep. Devin Nunes told FNC's "Sunday Morning Futures" host Maria Bartiromo this morning that the details of the "never-ending story" of how and why the FBI began an investigation into allegations of Trump-Russia collusion are a "case study" of how Washington D.C. corruption works.

"They essentially accuse your opponent of what they're doing. This is typical Marxist tactics. And it's taken over this entire government here. And it's been going on now. This is the fifth year that this has been happening. So, this is why we expect Durham to get to the bottom of this," he said.


REP. DEVIN NUNES: Well, this is just a never-ending story, that the American people expect Durham to get to the truth. And they expect for DOJ to hold these characters accountable, because the American people have lost trust in the FBI and the Department of Justice. At least half of the American people have.

So this is a critical indictment, because, for years, they have hid under privilege: Oh, these are lawyers. You can't talk to them.

I think that's what's taken Durham so long, is just because they have been hiding under, well, if you hire a lawyer, therefore, those lawyers can't give up anything.

So, they used Perkins Coie law firm. Now these two lawyers are gone from Perkins Coie. One has been indicted. One has not. But that's why they were doing this. And it's really wrong. You can't use lawyers just to conduct dirty tricks to dirty up your opponent.

And, in this case, it went far beyond that, Maria. And I think this is really a test case -- or a case study, so to speak, an educational process, in how the swamp here really works.

You basically create a story out of thin air. You spread it out to your media that you control. And then you begin to feed this story around into the FBI, the DOJ, so it looks like it's real. And that's what's happened here.

So, I think, if you go back and read that 27-page indictment -- I would encourage all of your viewers to do it -- you will really see how this place works, why it's so wrong, and why it has to stop, because people's -- think of all the lives that have been destroyed and the businesses here, whether it's -- whether it's the Trump campaign, all the people associated with it.

You still have many Americans who've been poisoned by this who think that Donald Trump had something to do with Russia, when, in fact, the opposite is true.

It was the Democrats and the Clinton campaign and the Bidens who had something to do with Russia.

BARTIROMO: Yes. Yes. And that's basically what I said to John Podesta years ago, when I had him talking about Russia. And I said, look, it was the Democrats that are actually in bed with Russia.

But I want to take a look at some of the perpetrators of this lie and what they're doing now, because you have to look at something like a Jake Sullivan tweet and raise your eyebrows. Back in the day, he was among those peddling this lie.

Now he is the national security adviser of the United States. Look at what Jake Sullivan posted back in 2016, NSA adviser to President -- this is where they are now. He's the NSA adviser to President Biden.

But you have this statement from Jake Sullivan on this report about Alfa Bank. And he says: "This could be the most direct link yet between Donald Trump and Moscow. Computer scientists have apparently uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to the Alfa Bank of Russia, the secret hot line," he's talking about.

I mean, it's just extraordinary to me that here he is peddling this nonsense years ago, and now he is the NSA. Equally stunning is Hillary Clinton's tweet that did not age well. Let's take a look at Hillary Clinton's tweet when she back, in 2016 -- and she knew that her foreign policy advisers have come up and she was paying them to come up with this nonsense about Trump.

She tweets out that it's time for Trump to answer questions about Russia.

Did she not accept $148 million from a Russian company in the Clinton -- the Clinton Foundation? And so she's trying to turn it on Trump. Meanwhile, she accepted all that money?

NUNES: This is why this is a case study of how Washington works. They essentially accuse your opponent of what they're doing. This is typical Marxist tactics.

And it's taken over this entire government here. And it's been going on now. This is the fifth year that this has been happening. So, this is why we expect Durham to get to the bottom of this.

And what I'm concerned about now, Maria, is that, if you look at the Department of Justice, if you look at Merrick Garland, who's the attorney general, look at how many things that have already looked entirely political, if you look at the issue of going to court and arguing that the eviction notices, that that's OK, defending what the administration is doing at the border.

So, my guess is, is that all these characters who were -- worked in the Obama administration, worked on the Clinton campaign, promoted this nonsense, have to have known that it was nonsense, are now sitting in high positions in the Biden administration.

So you have to believe the pressure in this town on the attorney general is so great to shut Durham down, because, look, they're beginning to circle around some very questionable characters. And look, this guy was promoting this back in '16. Sullivan, he should have never been put into this position.

And when you put people into positions like this that are completely unqualified, you end up with 13 service members getting killed in Afghanistan, because you don't have the propaganda media here to protect you. You don't have the tech companies to protect you.

And so you end up with somebody who doesn't belong there who was likely -- it had to be the Biden administration and the White House who was calling the shots on closing Bagram Air Base, on doing what they did to obfuscate everything, and then try to do these what look like now phony drone attacks that end up killing innocent Americans.

So, people get killed when the wrong people get put in positions of power. That's why -- another reason why this is so important.

BARTIROMO: All right, we want to know what happens next and what you expect from the John Durham investigation.

Here's John Solomon on this program, investigative reporter, back in January telling us what he is expecting next from the John Durham investigation. Let's roll John Solomon.

JOHN SOLOMON, EDITOR IN CHIEF, JUST THE NEWS: Right now, John Durham is looks to be building a small number of indictments focused on the top of the FBI. That's very important, the very top of the leadership of the FBI. That's where he's looking.

BARTIROMO: So, Devin Nunes, what are you expecting next from John Durham?

Was there a statute of limitations that sort of pressured him to get this one indictment out? I know Kevin Clinesmith got a slap on the wrist. No indictment there. But we have got this first indictment. Where does it lead now?

NUNES: Yes, look, what I expect is, we have made 14 criminal referrals to the Department of Justice.

I expect every one of those to be looked into. For God's sake, the American people, the taxpayers pay for us to do this work. We don't have guns here in Congress. We can't go out and arrest people. All we can do is do an exhaustive investigation, which we have done, despite being stonewalled by the Department of Justice and FBI for years.

So we have done our job. Now we expect Durham to do his job, which I think he is doing. And, like I said, the American people, every Republican senator, every Republican congressman better be saying the same thing when they're having conversations, especially the ones who are in positions of power in this town, to tell Garland, Durham better finish this investigation.

And it's for a number of reasons that I have outlined here in the last few minutes.
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