Former Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said Sunday that Special Counsel John Durham’s recently released report on the FBI’s investigation into former President Trump’s ties to Russia shows the “total collapse of the justice system.”
“This is a really sad day for the United States, because what it represents is the complete collapse of the justice system,” Nunes, a former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee who now serves as CEO of Trump Media, said in the program “Sunday Futures in the morning.
“The Durham report reads like the tombstone of the justice system,” he added. “And I’d say something simple, like, ‘Here lies the justice system, the Department of Justice, and we knew there was crime, and we couldn’t do anything about it.'”
“That’s really what the Durham report says,” Nunes continued. “There is a lot of great information there, but nothing has been done.”
The 305-page report, which was released Monday, concluded that authorities did not have enough information to open an investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, describing the investigation as “seriously flawed.”
Durham criticized the FBI for failing to corroborate the Steele File, which contained lewd allegations about then-candidate Trump’s ties to Russia, and for later using the file to obtain a warrant to spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
The report also noted that the FBI did not provide the Trump campaign with a defensive briefing prior to the investigation.
“There were clear opportunities to have avoided mistakes and prevented harm resulting from their adoption of seriously flawed information that they were unable to adequately analyze and assess,” Durham said in the report.
Durham’s report has further fueled allegations by Republicans that law enforcement and intelligence agencies have become “weapons” against political enemies. The special counsel has been invited to speak before the House Judiciary Committee’s government weapons subcommittee later this month.
As the chairman of House Intelligence, Nunes got into trouble after she told reporters after a visit to Trump’s White House in 2017 that she had reviewed “intelligence reports” indicating that members of the 2016 Trump campaign had been the subject of surveillance abroad by US spy agencies. The revelation led to an investigation of Nunes by the House Ethics Committee.
Nunes resigned from Congress to become CEO of Trump Media in January 2022.
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