Did the FBI and other Deep State operatives realize the can of worms they were opening when they decided to launch a phony “Russia probe” to try and discredit President Trump’s presidency?
But their house of cards is falling, as Rep. Devin Nunes launches a new investigation that will look into whether the FBI began spying on the Trump campaign before the FISA courts authorized them to.
House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) revealed in an interview on Thursday on “Rising” that the committee is probing whether the FBI sent informants to gather dirt on President Trump and possible ties to Russia prior to the authorized investigation, which was launched in July 2016.
“It’s one of the outstanding questions that we have for the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. We’ve had that question out to them for pretty much three months now. They have not answered it yet,” Nunes told Hill.TV’s Buck Sexton, who sat down with the lawmaker on Wednesday.
“Is it your belief it is likely that there was activity going on in advance of the start of that official FBI investigation?” Sexton asked.
“I will just tell you we wouldn’t be asking those questions if we didn’t think we had some suspicion of that,” Nunes responded. “The problem with this is, running informants into political campaigns, or political campaign actors on the counterintelligence side especially, is a major problem.”
“It’s because we give special powers to our counterintelligence officials because really a lot of Americans’ basic rights are taken away through that process because it’s dealing with national security, it’s usually high level,” he continued.
“So there should be a very high bar before you open up a counterintelligence investigation. So, if you are running informants into campaigns before or after you open an official investigation, most Americans, when you sit them down and talk to them, they know that that’s something really bad and that only happens in third world countries,” he said.
Nunes’s comments come after a group of conservative House lawmakers introducedarticles of impeachment against Rosenstein, who has been overseeing the federal probe into Russia’s election interference since Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself last year.