Nunes (R-CA) said that the investigation leading up to the four-page
FISA memo released on Friday was only "phase one," and that
the House Intelligence Committee is
in the middle of what I call phase two of our investigation, which
involves other departments, specifically
the State Departmentand
some of the involvement that they had in this," said Nunes.
investigation is ongoing and we continue work towards finding answers
and asking the right questions to try to get to the bottom of what
exactly the State Department was up to in terms of this Russia
it is unclear what role the State Department may have in surveillance
abuses, the Washington
Byron York noted last month that former MI6 spy, Christopher Steele,
with the Obama State Department,"
according to the book Collusion:
Secret meetings, dirty money, and how Russia helped Donald Trump win"
correspondent Luke Harding and published last November.
Simpson, Christopher Steele
notes that Steele's work during the World Cup soccer corruption
investigation earned the trust of both the FBI and the State
[soccer] episode burnished Steele's reputation inside the U.S.
intelligence community and the FBI. Here was a pro, a well-connected
Brit, who understood Russian espionage and its subterranean tricks.
Steele was regarded as credible. Between
2014 and 2016, Steele authored more than a hundred reports on Russia
were written for a private client but shared widely within the State
Department and sent up to Secretary of State John Kerry and to
Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland,
who was in charge of the U.S. response to the Ukraine crisis. Many of
Steele's secret sources were the same sources who would supply
information on Trump. One former State Department envoy during the
Obama administration said he read dozens of Steele's reports on
envoy said that on Russia, Steele was "as good as the CIA or
professional reputation inside U.S. agencies would prove important
the next time he discovered alarming material, and lit the fuse
from the infamous 35-page "Trump-Russia" dossier Steele
assembled for opposition research firm Fusion GPS (a report which
was funded in part by Hillary Clinton and the DNC),
Congressional investigators have been looking into whether Steele
compiled other reports
about Trump - and in particular, whether those other reports made
their way to the State Department, according to The
are looking into whether those reports made their way to the State
They're also seeking to learn what individual State Department
officials did in relation to Steele, and
whether there were any contacts between the State Department and the
FBI or Justice Department concerning the anti-Trump material.
will be interesting to see how the State Department - and in
particular Secretary of State Rex Tillerson - responds to "phase
of State Rex Tillerson
the entire Nunes interview here:
According to Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett revealed in the
last few seconds of a segment he was on with reporter Sarah Carter,
and former Presidential advisor Sebastian Gorka, that a source told
him that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein threated Chairman
Devin Nunes that he was tired of dealing with the House Intelligence
Committee and that if they didn’t stop, he would subpoena all their
emails and texts.
entire rest of last night’s segment is so good, I’ll put it all
up. Wait for the last 60 seconds