Rep. Devin Nunes on Sunday told Fox News he is preparing to send eight criminal referrals to the Department of Justice this week regarding alleged misconduct during the Trump-Russia probe.
The California Republican said the misconduct from "Watergate wannabes" includes leaks of "highly classified material" and conspiracies to lie to Congress and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court.
The move from Nunes comes amid a Republican push for the release of documents to get to the bottom of the origins of the suspicions that the Trump campaign colluded improperly with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential elections.
Nunes told Fox he has been working on the referrals for more than two years and waited until Attorney General Bill Barr had been confirmed.
He explained that five of the referrals "are what I would call straight up referrals… that name someone and name the specific crimes... [which are] lying to Congress, misleading Congress, leaking classified information.”
Nunes added that "There are three [referrals] that I think are more complicated… We believe there was a conspiracy to lie to the FISA court, mislead the FISA court by numerous individuals that all need to be investigated and looked at that, and we believe the [relevant] statute is the conspiracy statute. The second conspiracy one is involving manipulation of intelligence that also could ensnarl many Americans."
Nunes emphasized that "we've had a lot of concerns with the way intelligence was used" during the Trump-Russia investigation.
Although it is unclear whom Nunes would specifically refer, both Democrats and Republicans have said former Trump fixer Michael Cohen is likely to face new charges of lying to Congress.
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