Kirsters Baish| On Monday, Republican House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes reportedly referred ten United States officials to the House Judiciary and Oversight & Government Reform Committees’ joint task force. The ten officials were made up of both current and former officials. The task force will be investigating possible misconduct on the parts of the FBI and the Justice Department in reference to the Trump/Russia witch hunt.
Breitbart News was able to obtain a letter written by Nunes to the chairmen of the two committees. In the letter, Nunes lists ten (current and former) United States officials who might have either received or provided relevant information to the investigation.
Breitbart News reports:
The list includes a number of U.S. officials who were working at the U.S. Embassy in London, where the alleged conversation between Australian diplomat Alexander Downer and then-Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos in May 2016 was reported.
Interviews with those officials could reveal whether the FBI lied when it said it began investigating the Trump campaign on July 31, 2016, after it received information from Downer after stolen Democratic National Committee emails were published on July 22, 2016.
Leaks to the New York Times and the Washington Post earlier this year revealed that an FBI and CIA informant, Stefan Halper, reached out to then-Trump campaign adviser Carter Page as early as June 2016 — revealing that the FBI may have actually started its investigation of the Trump campaign much earlier than stated.
We are still not clear when it comes to details on the Papadopoulos conversation. As the story goes, Joseph Mifsud (a Maltese professor) told Papadopoulos that the Russians had emails with information on Hillary Clinton. A few weeks after that, Downer asked to meet with Papadopoulos. It was reported that in May of 2016, Papadopoulos told Downer that someone had leaked to him that the Russians had dirt on Hillary. He did not specifically say that the information was in the form of “emails.”
It was reported that the conversation went from Downer to Australian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Joe Hockey. At the time, he was serving in London. It was then reported that Hockey gave the information to the United States Embassy located in London. This was after the emails were made public on July 22, 2016. It was then related to the FBI.
As Breitbart explains, “Normally, intelligence passed on from a member of the “Five Eyes” alliance — Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the U.K., and the U.S. — to another member comes through an official channel for intelligence sharing.”
In this case, Devin Nunes reviewed the document and stated that no intelligence had been shared via that channel, which means that this information was shared unofficially.
In his letter, Nunes lists Elizabeth Dibble, Lewis Lukens, and Thomas Williams as United States officials serving within the United States London Embassy.
Breitbart News writes:
Dibble served as the deputy chief of mission at the embassy from 2013 through July 2016. Previously, she served as the principal deputy assistant secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, from 2011 to 2013.
Lukens is the current deputy chief of mission at the embassy, who has served there since August 2016. Williams serves as the minister counselor for political affairs at the embassy, where he has served since at least December 2015.
The letter offers a list of Washington State Department officials, all of whom have stated that ex-British spy Christopher Steele gave them information. Fusion GPS hired Steele to find dirt on Donald Trump, in an attempt to link him to Russia.
The officials Nunes named are Jonathan Winer and Victoria Nuland. During a hearing, Nuland admitted that the information had been offered to her “as early as mid-July 2016.” She also stated that she was the one who rang the “alarm bell” on possible ties between Donald Trump and the Russian government.
Devin Nunes also listed former Vice President Joe Biden’s national security adviser Colin Kahl and former journalist Shailagh Murray.