House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said Sunday that the American people will be “shocked” when they see what’s in the still-redacted portions of the FBI’s applications for surveillance warrants against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
“We are quite confident that once the American people see these 20 pages, at least for those that will get real reporting on this issue, they will be shocked by what’s in that FISA application,” Nunes said in an interview with Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo.
Nunes and other House Republicans have been urging President Trump to declassify what remains hidden in 20 pages of the FISA application.
“I think his lawyers are looking at this to see if they can declassify it sooner rather than later,” said Nunes (R-Calif.) during an interview on “Sunday Morning Futures.” “But the sooner this comes out, the better off we all are because what I’ve said is what’s left that’s redacted, the American people really need to know what’s underneath it.”
After the Department of Justice released portions of the four FISA applications, Democrats claimed that the most damaging information about Page was found in the redacted parts.
“If you look at what they were saying… ‘oh, but the really juicy stuff that proves collusion and how bad Carter Page really was and how they were colluding with Russians — that’s what’s redacted!'”
He said the liberal media changed their tune when they found out that Republicans on the House Intel Committee were trying to get those portions unredacted.
“You hear crickets. You hear nothing,” Nunes said.
Nunes said about 70 to 75 percent of the FISA material was redacted.
“What’s left that’s redacted, the American people really do need to know what’s underneath there,” the congressman said, adding that the Democrats don’t want the truth out there.
“They don’t want that unredacted. They don’t want transparency for the American people,” he said.
“If people think using the Clinton dirt to get a FISA was bad, what else that’s in that application is even worse,” Nunes recently told the Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley Strassel.
“There’s a stall game going on at DOJ and FBI – they’re trying to stall as much as they can, hoping and betting that Republicans would lose the House in the fall,” Nunes said. “And if that happens … it essentially shuts down everything. Rod Rosenstein will not be held in contempt, FBI will not be held accountable, all these investigations will shut down, everything will be buried…. That’s why the sooner the president declassifies this, the better.”
Nunes said that he believes that Trump’s lawyers are reviewing requests to declassify the 20 pages so they can be made public.
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