Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) sends criminal-referral notification to AG William Barr alleging "potential violations" in Russia investigation.
The referrals stem from the investigation conducted by the House Intelligence Committee when Republicans held the House majority.
“As part of that investigation, Committee Republicans identified several potential violations of law,” Nunes, R-Calif., wrote in a brief letter to Barr on Thursday.
The notification comes after Barr testified to Congress this week that he is reviewing the “conduct” of the original FBI investigation. During the second of two Capitol Hill appearances on Wednesday, Barr said he believes “spying did occur,” and the question is “whether it was adequately predicated.”
Amid criticism from Democrats who accused him of playing into President Trump’s “deep state” rhetoric, Barr stressed that he just wants to make sure “there was no unauthorized surveillance.”
Nunes has been looking into such surveillance and other issues for months. In his letter Thursday to Barr, Nunes said he would have his staff arrange a time for him and Ratcliffe, R-Texas, to “brief you directly on eight criminal referrals.”