Devin Nunes: No Intel Was Used to Start the Trump-Russia Investigation

It looks like the government started the Trump-Russia investigation without any basis in actual, official intelligence.

Maria Bartiromo is right: It is “extraordinary” for the government to start a counterintelligence Trump Russia investigation without any basis for it. But Devin Nunes says that the House intelligence committee found no official intelligence that was gathered that justified the probe. As far as they can tell, there was no basis for opening the investigation.

In other words, the Obama Administration investigated the opposition candidate during an election for no official reason at all.

Here’s Bartiromo’s interview with Nunes:

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One of the reasons Maria Bartiromo is a superior journalist and TV anchor is that she treats shocking and outrageous news as if it is… shocking and outrageous. We are learning every day more evidence that a partisan group in the executive branch used the national security and intelligence apparatus of the federal government to try obstruct a presidential candidate and then hamper an elected President with fraudulent charges.

CNS News reports, “Nunes: ‘No Official Intelligence’ Was Used to Launch FBI’s Trump-Russia Probe.

How did the FBI investigation into Trump-Russia coordination begin?

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House intelligence committee, says the FBI investigation was launched without any official intelligence communication.

“We now know there was no official intelligence that was used to start this investigation,” Nunes told Fox News’s Maria Bartiromo on Sunday. He said “major irregularities” at the Obama State Department — information funneled through unofficial channels — may have prompted the FBI’s probe.

Nunes explained that the United States is part of an intelligence alliance — the “Five Eyes” treaty — which includes five countries: the U.S., the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

As part of that Five Eyes agreement, “we are not supposed to spy on each other’s citizens.” Nunes said the agreement is “working well,” because information about George Papadapoulos, a former Trump adviser who blabbed to an Australian diplomat in a London bar, did not come through official Five Eyes channels.


Nunes said members of the intelligence committee have “never understood” how the FBI could investigate Trump campaign associates without an official intelligence communication.

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Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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