House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes on Tuesday suggested that Republicans would reopen the investigation into Russia’s interference in the U.S. election if evidence of collusion with American campaigns emerges.
During an interview on Fox & Friends, Nunes responded to criticism he’s received for closing the House’s Russia investigation.
“It happens on a daily basis that I am accused of by the Democrats of being [a stooge for the president],” Nunes explained. “Right after I was named to the Trump transition team, I began getting attacks and began getting called — I was some agent of Russia and of a foreign power.”
Nunes went on to place the blame for Russia’s meddling in the U.S. election on former President Barack Obama and former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
“I had warned the administration in early 2016 about this,” he said. “We spent 14 months on this investigation looking for collusion. We didn’t find any.”
According to Nunes, almost everyone in the Trump campaign had “testified under oath that they had no contacts with the Russians.”
In fact, multiple members of the Trump campaign admitted meeting with Russians at Trump Tower in an effort to get dirt on Clinton. Trump campaign members also admitted to meetings with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.
“But on the other hand, we did find clear links between the Russians and the Hillary Clinton campaign,” Nunes insisted. “What we’re closing now is, look, there’s just no collusion.”
“There’s nothing there,” he added. “If we find something new, we’ll open it back up.”
Nunes concluded his remarks by taking a shot at the Obama administration.
“Their inability to actually do anything against the Russians, it wasn’t just 2016,” he argued. “It goes all the way back to 2009 and 2010 when Hillary Clinton hit the reset button with Russia. So Trump’s position in the campaign was really no different from what the Obama administration position was.”
“It’s our job on the House Intelligence Committee to get the facts,” Nunes remarked. “And the facts are that we just haven’t found any collusion. We think the Russians are bad. We think they’re up to bad things. We think the Putin regime is very dangerous for a whole host of reason.”
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