A new opinion piece from the House Intelligence Committee ranking member lays out how special counsel Robert Mueller's now-completed Russia investigation was tainted by a "political crisis whose full effects remain to be seen."
"The hoax itself was a gift to our nation’s adversaries, most notably Russia," Nunes wrote in an op-ed for the Washington Examiner. "The abuse of intelligence for political purposes is insidious in any democracy. It undermines trust in democratic institutions, and it damages the reputation of the brave men and women who are working to keep us safe."
At the center of it all, Nunes said, is the so-called Trump dossier.
Last February, the House Intelligence Committee, then led by Nunes, released a memo asserting the dossier, which contained unverified claims about Trump's ties to Russia, was used by the FBI to help obtain the FISA warrants to spy on onetime Trump campaign aide Carter Page, but key information, including its author Christopher Steele's anti-Trump bias and Democratic benefactors, was left out.
In his op-ed, Nunes said it is "impossible" to believe intelligence leaders did not know the danger of using Steele's dossier considering the "astounding level of anti-Trump animus shown by high-level FBI figures like Peter Strzok and Lisa Page."