GOP Lawmaker Says DOJ Could Pursue Treason Charges Over Russia Probe Misconduct
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Florida Republican Rep. Greg Steube made headlines this week when he suggested that the Department of Justice could potentially pursue charges of treason against officials for their alleged misconduct in the Trump-Russia investigation.
During an interview with the John Solomon Reports podcast, Steube also excoriated the FBI and raised a slew of questions about how the investigation began and was handled.
"If it's not clear to you now, it should be abundantly clear when these indictments start coming out for individuals involved in this through the Durham probe, that ... this was a politicized, weaponized FBI at the highest level that was solely trying to take down a presidential campaign and then an incumbent president once he got sworn in—and that should scare every American," Steube said.
Steube went on to say that he believes "the level to which this agency and these individuals were trying to thwart an incoming president, to me, is treasonous."
Steube rounded out his comments by suggesting he believes the DOJ should be able to pursue charges of lying to Congress.
He also said there should be consequences for "misrepresentations" before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which is what the Obama administration used several times to obtain warrants to spy on Carter Page, a former aide to the Trump campaign back in 2016.
"We're not talking about individual agents operating in field offices across the country. We're talking about the leadership of the FBI operating the FBI in a way that they're deceiving the FISA Court, that they're surveilling on American citizens for political purposes. And it completely discredited an agency that was once esteemed throughout law enforcement," the congressman noted.
Steube's fiery comments came around the same time that Attorney General William Barr testified before the House Judiciary Committee, where he also weighed in on the Russia probe.
One of Barr's most notable comments came when he said November's election will not delay the highly anticipated report from U.S. Attorney John Durham, the Washington Examiner reported.
Democrats badgered Barr over this and demanded that Durham's report -- which will cover the DOJ's investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation -- only be released after the election.
“Under oath, do you commit to not releasing any report by Mr. Durham before the November election?” Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell asked the attorney general.
“No,” Barr replied. When asked again, he repeated, “No. I will be very careful.”
Mucarsel-Powell then claimed Barr was saying, “you won’t go by Justice Department policy that you won’t interfere in any political investigations before the election.”
Barr shot back: “We’re not going to interfere — in fact, I’ve made it clear that we’re not going to tolerate interference.”
Mucarsel-Powell responded: “But under oath, you’re saying that you do not commit to not releasing a report by Durham?”
Barr insisted, "Any report will be, in my judgment, not one that is covered by the policy and would disrupt the election. I’ve already made it clear that neither candidate is under investigation.”
"I think, in its core, the idea is, you don’t go after candidates," Barr said. "You don’t indict candidates or perhaps someone that’s sufficiently close to a candidate, that it’s essentially the same, you know, within a certain number of days before an election. But, you know, as I say, I don’t think any of the people whose actions are under review by Durham fall into that category.”