Attorney General Jeff Sessions got some bad news on Sunday from House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes when the latter appeared on “Fox & Friends.” The time for Sessions to stand on the sidelines and watch, as the president who appointed him is being victimized by a witch hunt to end his presidency, is over. If he did not know it before, he better pay attention now.
Hours after President Donald Trump’s attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, spoke to Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro and told her it was time for Sessions to end the Mueller probe, Rep. Nunes said that Sessions would be held accountable for his lack of action. Rep. Nunes gave a phone interview to “Fox & Friends” and let the attorney general know that the time for complacency was over.
Rep. Nunes scolded the attorney general for “abuses” of FISA court counterintelligence wiretaps “and other matters.” He said that Sessions had ignored a subpoena demanding information on what led to approving the wiretaps on President Trump’s campaign aide Carter Page.
“Then on Thursday we discovered that they are not going to comply with our subpoena,” Rep. Nunes said. He told the “Fox & Friends” hosts that Sessions reluctance to comply with the subpoena left only one choice.
“The only thing that’s left that we can do is we have to move quickly to hold the attorney general of the United States in contempt, and that’s what I’m going to press for this week,” Rep. Nunes said. “We’ve asked for very important information, it’s still classified. Because of the way they conducted this information, most of this information is classified. But because this is so important, I’m not going to take any excuse to say, ‘Oh we’re harming national security.’”
“How many times have we heard that argument throughout this entire investigation? We’ve had to take people to court to get the information. We shouldn’t have had to take Fusion GPS to court in order to find out that the Democrats and the Hillary Clinton campaign had paid for the dirty dossier. We shouldn’t have had to do that.” the California representative said. “We’re just not going to take this nonsense of, every time we peel something back, every time we need information we get ignored, we get stalled, we get stonewalled and then lo and behold we get accused of, we’re going to destroy the nations’ ability to keep it secure.”
Rep. Nunes said that “the next step this week is … we will probably have to go to court to enforce this subpoena,” he said. He mentioned that the Congress did the same thing with former Attorney General Eric Holder and former IRS Exempt Organizations Unit Director Lois Lerner.
Rep. Nunes said that it is possible that Sessions is not “even aware of our request,” he told the hosts. “I think we need to talk to the attorney general to make sure he understands the significance of this request. I’ve already talked to the director of the FBI (to tell him that) we need this request. This just can’t continue where we don’t get information in a timely manner. Like I said, everything we try to get they try to stop us from getting.”
This is a major step as the walls are starting to come in on Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. It was Friday when a federal judge told Mueller’s attorney team that he wanted to see the proof that says the team had the authority to prosecute President Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort on charges that went back a decade before the 2016 presidential election. The judge insinuated that the only reason Manafort was being prosecuted was to pressure him to give the investigators something to get the president on.
Now, Rep. Nunes, in not so many words, is accusing Sessions of being a part of the deep state cabal that wants the president removed from office. If they didn’t learn the lesson during the election, they will now. President Trump and his allies do not back down from a fight.