Former Rep. Devin Nunes (Calif.) warned Republicans on Friday that the special counsel appointed to investigate President Biden’s mishandling of classified material may not be impartial.
Nunes, the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo on Friday that special counsel Robert Hurr tried to block the release of a 2018 GOP memo alleging the FBI abused its authority to investigate the campaign of former President Donald Trump in 2016. .
“This special counsel appointed to look into Joe Biden is someone we know very well.” Nunes said.
“He’s a Russian mocker himself. And I think the Republicans better check in. He has a lot of explaining to do because he was involved in the letter that the FBI sent out to the public that said we would put national security at risk if we released this, release the memo at the time,” Nunes added.
In January 2018, as Nunes wrapped up his investigation into the FBI’s surveillance of the Trump campaign, Hurr was part of the Justice Department team that wrote a letter to Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee pressuring them not to release the so-called Nunes memo over concerns it could harm national security.
The Justice Department letter also rejected claims that Nunes’ team had discovered violations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, saying they were “ignorant of any wrongdoing related to the FISA process.” The Justice Department would later admit that two of the four FISA warrants against former Trump campaign aide Carter Page were invalid and should not have been issued.
The emails show that Hur suggested amendments and offered feedback as the Justice Department drafted its letter to Nunes and other lawmakers.
Nunes told the Washington Free Beacon on Friday that “Hurr looks like a fixer for Democrats and the Deep State” and that “Congress should use a subpoena to force him to explain his role in obstructing the House Intelligence Committee’s FISA abuse investigation.”
Hurr was appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland earlier this week after a second batch of classified documents from Biden’s days as vice president were discovered at his property in Wilmington, Delaware. The first set of about 10 classified documents were found in November last year at the Penn Biden Center think tank in Washington, DC, but the discovery was only made public this week.
Hurr, 49, was nominated to be U.S. attorney for Maryland in November 2017 by Trump. A former Justice Department official who knows Hurr described him to The Post as “an establishment Republican.”
“Even though they say he’s a Republican, he should be questioned about his ties to the Russia hoax,” Nunes told Bartiromo on Fox Business.