In an interview with Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo on Thursday, April 30, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee said the GOP-led report had asserted that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was innocent from the beginning but it was covered up by the media.
“We knew from essentially day one, early on in 2017, and that he was innocent. How do we know that? Because the top officials at the FBI told us so,” Nunes said. “The House Republican report is really the gold standard of reports. In fact, there are no other reports to even look at because the others are all based on lies or innuendo or corruption.”
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In 2018, Nunes led the effort to put together a memo detailing improper techniques used by the Department of Justice and the FBI in a bid to wiretap Flynn. He was then criticized by Democratic lawmakers who accused him of trying to undermine the investigation into the Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election.
“We also had some very important information in there about General Flynn,” he added. “It said that we had evidence that General Flynn didn’t lie. This was from FBI. That was why it was in the report. But when that report first came out all the mainstream media who are essentially operators of the Democratic Party, now I think it’s obvious if people don’t know that now, they were in on this. From the very beginning, the media was in on this. They covered up our report. We had to fight with the FBI and the DOJ so that we could get the General Flynn information unredacted, declassified.”
Nunes’s comments came after new explosive FBI documents revealed this week an alleged scheme to set up Flynn. The FBI documents showed the top bureau officials discussed their “goal” in interviewing Flynn in the White House in January 2017, was “to get him to lie,” and “fired.”
Other FBI documents unsealed on Thursday indicate that Peter Strzok, former head of FBI counterintelligence ordered the investigation of Flynn to remain open even after it was slated to be closed due to a lack of so-called derogatory information.
In light of new revelations, Republican lawmakers immediately sought justice for Flynn with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) calling on Attorney General Bill Barr to intervene in the case and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) calling on the president to pardon Flynn.
President Donald Trump on Thursday said he would “certainly consider” bringing Flynn back into his administration, adding he believes Flynn will be “fully exonerated.”