Nunes Sends 8 Criminal Referrals, While Filing a $150M Lawsuit
Devin Nunes, the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, is an extremely busy man.
He recently told Fox host Maria Bartiromo of “Sunday Morning Future’s, that he is sending 8-criminal referrals to the Department of Justice this week, concerning the alleged malfeasants regarding the Russian collusion hoax.
The referrals specifically highlight the leaks of “highly classified material” and conspiracies to lie to Congress and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court.
However the former dairy farmer and current U.S. Representative for California’s 22nd Congressional District didn’t stop with the 8 criminal referrals. He also filed a 150 million dollar suit in the state of Virginia, alleging that the media giant McClatchy Company conspired along with their reporters and other political operatives — to purposely and willfully derail his oversight duties investigating the Hillary Clinton campaign and Russian election interference.
Nunes’ two-prong attack caught many prominent Democrats napping and perhaps wondering who the 8 individuals might be. Speculation in how Nunes actually described the referrals to Bartiromo might shed some light regarding the individuals named.
There’s little doubt that former CIA Director John Brennan along with former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper are on those referrals, including perhaps former FBI Director James Comey, along with former Acting Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe, and possibly former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Nunes said he has been working on the referrals for more than two years, and wanted to wait until the confirmation of Attorney General Bill Barr.
“We’re prepared this week to notify the attorney general that we’re prepared to send those referrals over,” Nunes said. “First of all, all of these are classified or sensitive. … Five of them are what I would call straight up referrals — so just referrals that name someone and name the specific crimes,” Nunes told Maria Bartiromo. “Those crimes are lying to Congress, misleading Congress, leaking classified information, so five of them are those types.”
Adding, “There are three referrals that I think are more complicated. … So on the first one is FISA abuse and other matters. We believe there was a conspiracy to lie to the FISA court, mislead the FISA court by numerous individuals that all need to be investigated and looked at that, and we believe the [relevant] statute is the conspiracy statute. The second conspiracy one is involving manipulation of intelligence that also could ensnarl many Americans.”
Moreover, within a day after announcing the criminal referrals, Nunes revealed that he has also just filed a $150 million dollar lawsuit on Monday against The McClatchy Company and others alleging a conspiracy to derail the Clinton-Russia probe.
The 45-year old lawmaker filed a similar lawsuit in March alleging that a Republican consultant named Liz Mair used social media to slander Nunes accusing him of using drugs and soliciting prostitutes.
On Monday Nunes once again named Mair as a co-defendant, however, this time naming a McClatchy reporter MacKenzie Mays as a co-conspirator in spreading a variety of untruthful and misleading news reports, including that Nunes “was involved with cocaine and underage prostitutes” — online and in print.
Fox News reached out to Mair on Monday, she directed Fox to an op-ed article she wrote in USA Today, titled, “Free speech means I don’t have to be nice to Devin Nunes on Twitter. So why’s he suing me?”
Likewise, a spokesperson for McClatchy told Fox News late Monday: “We have no comment and stand behind the strong reporting of The Fresno Bee,” the McClatchy-owned publication cited throughout Nunes’ lawsuit.
While no one knows for certain if those scurrilous allegations are true, it’s a safe bet, however, knowing the publicity Nunes has generated within the last two years, attempting to investigate malfeasance within the Democratic Party, that they would have immediately investigated those allegations, and no doubt would have demanded his resignation, if there was even a shred of truth to those allegations.