As he awaits a response to his lawsuit against @DevinCow and others, Trump ally and House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA) on Sunday hinted at criminal referrals he said he was prepared to send to Attorney General William Barr.
“There’s only two or three reporters involved in this, and so it wouldn’t be hard to get to the bottom of,” Nunes said of the what he called a “global leak referral” he’d send to Barr, one out of a total of eight referrals he detailed in an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.”
He said five separate referrals would address “specific” alleged criminal violations based on “lying, leaking, and misleading Congress,” and that two more would address alleged conspiracies, one for “FISA abuse and other matters,” and another for “manipulation of intelligence.”
Nunes implied in the interview that he’d waited two and a half years to send the referrals to the Justice Department because there wasn’t “a grown-up” leading the department.
“We’ve been working so hard for two and a half years, waiting for a real attorney general, which we have now in attorney general Barr, a grown-up is finally in the room, which is why we’re prepared to do a lot of cleanup here,” he said.
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned on Nov. 7, 2018 — though he recused himself from Russia-related matters much earlier, in March 2017 — leaving Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to lead the department until the Senate confirmation of current Attorney General William Barr in February.
Nunes details criminal referrals he says he'll send to AG Barr, including a "global leak referral." pic.twitter.com/eTCvPISCId
— Matt Shuham (@mattshuham) April 7, 2019