Rep. Devin Nunes tells Fox & Friends that the Mueller report should be burned

Nunes: “We can just burn it up. I mean, it is a partisan document”

From the March 24 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends Sunday:

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ED HENRY (CO-HOST): So should investigating the investigators also now include what really happened with the [special counsel Robert] Mueller probe? If Democrats say, “We want to see all the documents,” what kind of documents do you want to see then about how we got to this investigation in the first place?

REP. DEVIN NUNES (R-CA): Well that's a great question, and I don't really care what the Mueller report says. The Mueller special counsel should have never been appointed, and I say that and we can take any part of this investigation and we can show you how fraudulent it is, but I think the most important item that comes to mind is our congressional investigation was obstructed by the Department of Justice and the FBI. That is a crime. So that's one of the first things that they should look at and you can start with, among many things, the [former FBI acting director Andrew] McCabe text messages that just broke on Friday, that weren't given to the Congress, which are extremely critical, because it shows that they knew that one of their sources that they had submitted to the FISA Court was not credible, which is what we've been saying forever, and somehow, McCabe text messages escaped Congress. And you've seen that over and over again, things have been redacted. It's a lot like this whole thing looking for collusion, it was all a lie and a myth. 

KATIE PAVLICH (CO-HOST): OK so congressman you talk about being obstructed by the Department of Justice, the FBI, and your investigation of the situation but what about President Trump's ability to declassify all of the documents that you are in pursuit of? He has the ability to do that, he has not done it. Do you think he still should?

NUNES: Absolutely. So the Mueller report -- a lot of people, “Oh what does it say?” We can just burn it up. I mean, it is a partisan document, so there's going to be a lot of calls for that and the Democrats say, “We've got to see the underlying information.” What we really need to see is what was the FBI's involvement with Fusion GPS? Who were they, who did they know about? What -- and I'm sorry I don't want to gloss over this for the viewers but Fusion GPS was essentially the Hillary Clinton campaign. They were hired by the Clinton campaign, so we need to see all of that, we need the FISA fully disclosed. We need everyone that Mueller talked to, including his interactions with Jerome Corsi, who you just had on the show. Look, I can't imagine why they would bring Jerome Corsi in to interview with the special counsel. Jerome Corsi is just a long time kind of press guy. You know, I think you guys have known him for a long time. You know, he had every right to call Julian Assange or anybody else that he wants to. Now look, I don't agree with that, I wouldn't call Julian Assange. But press people do that all the time. That's part of our First Amendment rights. 

PETE HEGSETH (CO-HOST): Congressman, so some have called for a second special counsel, someone to look into what was done to surveil this president, what processes were violated. How far should you and other Republicans go or other just Americans go to get to the truth of what happened here?

NUNES: You know, a second special counsel would have been great about a year and a half, two years ago. It would have been better to not have a need for a second special counsel because we wouldn't have had an investigation in the first place, but I do have faith in the new attorney general. I think he knows that it's critical for the American people to have confidence in the FBI and the Department of Justice. It's clear that this was not a widespread plague across the entire Department of Justice. It was a few really really bad apples, so I think that if they start to put out the critical information, who talked to who when, it'll be pretty simple to have an investigation run by just an independent-type of investigator, U.S. attorney or someone, and we're going to make a criminal referral, the Republicans on the House intelligence committee, that we've been waiting until this Mueller report comes out.


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