(National Sentinel) Hacks: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo on Sunday that the Obama Justice Department sought a FISA court warrant to spy on Team Trump for purely political reasons.
Nunes explained that his committee found no evidence that the 2016 Trump campaign had broken any laws and that the spying was immoral, unethical, and possibly illegal.
“This is really important to us because the intelligence investigation uses the tools of our intelligence services that are not supposed to be used on American citizens,” he explained.
“So, we’ve long wanted to know what intelligence did you have that actually led to this investigation. So what we found now after the investigators have reviewed it is, in fact, there was no intelligence,” he continued.
“Mr. Chairman, you’ve got to explain what you just said. I think this is extraordinary,” Bartiromo interrupted.
“That you’re telling us that in order for the FBI, the Department of Justice to launch an investigation into so-called collusion between President Trump and the Russians there was no official intelligence used. Then how did this investigation start?” she asked.
“I think that is the point. We don’t understand and never understood,” he said.
Critics of the Obama administration pointed to Nunes’ admission as proof that the entire ‘Russian collusion’ allegation and subsequent multilateral investigations were based on nothing more than a political operation.
Nunes explained further that the probe into the Trump campaign was a counterintelligence operation that “uses the tools of the U.S. intelligence community” — including the Five Eyes agreement between the U.S., UK, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.
The Five Eyes agreement, made immediately after World War II to monitor Soviet and Communist bloc communications, has been used by the various countries to monitor each others’ citizens, since doing so domestically in each country is against the law.
Nunes said “there was no intelligence passed through the Five Eyes to our government” pertaining to the Trump campaign.
“That’s a major problem,” he said.
Nunes also said that his committee’s investigation has found some “irregularities” at the State Department.
Bartiromo asked Nunes what role Hillary Clinton, Trump’s 2016 opponent and Obama’s former secretary of state, may have had in the improper investigation.
Nunes responded that investigators aren’t sure yet, but they do know some intelligence was passed through the Clinton-run State Department by confidants of hers including Sydney Blumenthal back to the FBI.