Representative Devin Nunes said the Republicans were considering interviewing former special prosecutor Robert Mueller about his best prosecutor during his testimony in open court at the end of the month.
Andrew Weissmann, nicknamed "the pitbull" of Mueller, will be the object of multiple investigations, indicated to the deputation of House Intelligence Committee, Bill Hemmer, an episode of the podcast "Hemmer Time".
In a glimpse of what he and his GOP colleagues will ask on July 24, Nunes said Mueller explained why the FBI failed to let him know that Mr. Weissmann had informed Associated Press reporters in 2017 of "something to do with the Trump-Russia investigation". before the Mueller team is assembled. Nunes said the House's intelligence committee, which was investigating Russian interference in the elections, never explained why Mr Weissmann had spoken to these journalists.
He said it was important because Weissmann had been informed of the case of former British spy Christopher Steele, which contained salacious and unverified statements about President Trump's ties to Russia, at Summer 2016. Nunes said that Weissmann "was in the chain of custody of the main piece of evidence that began this investigation".
The Daily Caller reported in July 2018 that records show that Weissmann organized the April meeting with four AP reporters and other FBI officials to discuss the former President of the Trump campaign, Paul Manafort. During a pre-hearing trial, FBI Special Agent Jeffrey Pfeiffer suggested at the meeting that the FBI could have conducted its raid in May 2017 on a storage locker rented by Manafort on the basis of a PA board.
"The Associated Press reporters met with the Department of Justice to learn about the stories they told, as journalists do. During the meeting, they interviewed the representatives of the GM on a locker belonging to Paul Manafort, without giving him his name or his location, "said AP spokeswoman Lauren Easton.
Manafort is serving a prison sentence after being convicted of federal tax evasion, bank fraud and lobbying offenses abroad due to charges arising from the Mueller investigation.
Calling this investigation a "trap of obstruction of justice" that began without evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, Nunes called for accountability. "They are all dirty policemen and I will tell you," said the Californian Republican. "I'm going to tell you that some would do better to go to jail, or we'll sink into a spiral in this country because you will not have a Republican who will trust the FBI or the Department of Justice for them. generations to come. "
According to Michael Wolff's book SeatWeissmann, who recently signed a sales contract, led the initiative to draft an indictment for obstruction of justice against Trump, whose spokesman said he did not exist.
Mueller was originally scheduled to testify before the House's intelligence and judiciary committees next week, but after members complained of strict interrogation limits, Jerry Nadler, chairman of the Democratic Tribunals Committee, New York, and the chairman of the Committee on Democratic Intelligence, Adam Schiff, announced a less severe hearing was scheduled to take place on July 24.
Trump has decried Mueller and former top officials on Saturday, saying the special council team had engaged in "illegal" activity by removing text messages exchanged between former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. "This is one of the most horrendous abuses of all.These texts between gaga lovers would have told the whole story.Ulazeous deletion by Mueller.They gave us the" insurance policy "," said Trump on Twitter.
Strzok and Page were involved in a case while exchanging text messages that show Trump's disregard for being involved in Hillary Clinton's emails and investigations in Russia. Strzok had been fired from the FBI in August 2018 and Page had resigned a few months earlier.
Mueller's report, published by the Justice Ministry and redacted in April, concluded that Russia had intervened in the 2016 elections but did not establish that members of the Trump campaign had conspired criminally with the Russians in their efforts. Mueller has not yet resulted in an obstruction of justice, but the Attorney General, William Barr, and Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, then concluded that evidence to support such a crime were insufficient.
Barr is now engaged in an investigation into the origins of the investigation in Russia and instructed US lawyer John Durham to lead the effort. This investigation is complemented by the investigation by the Inspector General of the Department of Justice, Michael Horowitz, on allegations of abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which reviews Steele and his case.
Steele's file on Trump was used by the FBI to obtain FISA warrants in order to once monitor Trump's campaign assistant, Carter Page.
Four requests and renewals of FISA mandates were filed from October 2016 to June 2017 against Page. The applications were largely based on the unaudited record prepared by Steele, who had been hired by Fusion GPS. The opposition law firm was hired by Marc Elias of the Perkins Coie law firm at the request of the Clinton presidential campaign. Steele and Fusion GPS have entrusted their research to various government figures, including a skeptical state department official, as well as to the media in the run-up to the 2016 elections.