House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes wants Chief Justice John Roberts to “testify” before Congress to bolster his investigation into political malfeasance at the Justice Department, FBI, and on the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
During an interview Wednesday with MSNBC conservative host Hugh Hewitt, Nunes said GOP investigators are “grappling” with ways to approach the Supreme Court about their report suggesting the FBI misled the secret court.
Nunes is deeply concerned that 10 of the 11 FISC judges are former President Barack Obama appointees.
“This is something that we have like I said, we have thought a lot about this. And the answer is we don’t know the correct way to proceed because of the separation of powers issue,” Nunes said when asked about having Roberts testify before his committee.
“I’m not aware of any time where a judge has, for lack of a better term, testified before the Congress,” Nunes said.
As the chief justice, Roberts appoints judges to the FISC and has named several judges originally appointed by Obama.
Nunes believes his memo unearthed acts of corruption and abuses of power so disturbing that it will require Roberts to testify about information the FISC isn’t allowed to hand over to Congress.
The GOP memo released last Friday revealed how top FBI and DOJ officials used the discredited dossier from former British spy Christopher Steele to obtain a warrant to spy on Carter Page, an informal volunteer on President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.
Steele was hired by Fusion GPS to compile the document, which contained numerous unverified claims the FBI admitted it couldn’t corroborate.
Nevertheless, the FBI used the dossier at the FISC court in late 2016 to obtain a warrant, which triggered the Russia investigation we are still dealing with today.
But the FBI failed to notify the FISC that Fusion GPS was given nearly $10 million to fund the dossier by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
Nunes explained that a political hit piece funded by the Clinton campaign and Democrats was used by her allies in the FBI and DOJ to obtain a warrant and launch the Russia investigation.
The California Republican is considering ways to allow Roberts to testify behind closed doors about whether the Supreme Court can legally authorize the FISC to give Congress all of the document and records used by the FBI to obtain the spy warrant.
Republicans want to know what the FBI used to obtain the warrant, and whether the FBI lied to the court to obtain the warrant that triggered the phony Russia investigation.
Source: The Hill