One very plausible reason for stonewalling the oversight committee is because its chairman, Devin Nunes is quite possibly secretly under investigation
for suspicions of Counter Intelligence and Criminal activities.
I haven't seen anyone prove this theory yet, but there are a number of very suspicious circumstances surrounding his behavior ever since he became
part of the Trump transition team that would be explained by this. By November, 2016, the FBI had just recently obtained a FISA court warrant to
start monitoring communications between Russian government officials and some members of the Trump transition team, but the fact of the FISA warrant
was not public yet--meaning that Nunes didn't know that. By late December, that monitoring had apparently already acquired some communications and
the National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, got some of the names of US citizens who were part of those communications unmasked. That information was
presumably floating around inside the National Security Council (NSC).
A few months later, in late March, 2017 Nunes was being driven to an evening event in DC when he got a message on his phone that caused him to drop
everything and rush to the NSC, where he received some classified information that sent him into a flap that has been continuing to this day. The
next day, he went to the President to have a strategy session on how to handle the information that he had received and then held a press conference
in which he ranted against the fact that communications between members of the Trump team and Russian officials had been "incidentally collected" by
the intelligence community.
Since that point in time, he has launched himself on a one-man campaign to derail the Mueller investigation using the maximum power of his office.
One might wonder why he suddenly became so impassioned about this subject? Some suggest that it is because his name was one of the unmasked
individuals. Suddenly, it became personal.
Some of the information he publicly revealed at the press conference caused him to become the subject of a Congressional Ethics Probe a couple of
weeks later into whether he improperly revealed classified information. That Probe went on until mid December, 2017 when the committee concluded that
he had not revealed classified information. During that period between April and December he had supposedly "recused" himself from running the
committee that he was chairman of, he nevertheless continued to manipulate events behind the scene. It almost seems he had a personal interest in the
outcome of the committee's work.
Some investigators claim that his SCI clearance was revoked at that time and has not been restored since. That would make sense, because-if he was
one of individuals who was unmasked in a Counter Intelligence (CI) investigation and he was simultaneously the subject of an ethics investigation over
the possible release of classified information-his SCI clearance would be suspended and he would be investigated until he was cleared. What most
people don't seem to understand is that, while the POTUS can grant a TS clearance to anyone he wants to, the POTUS is NOT in charge of granting SCI
clearances. The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) is in charge of that, and by law, the DNI has to abide by specific guidelines. If an
individual's reliability comes into question because of information revealed in a CI investigation, the DNI is required to suspend the clearance. A
couple of weeks ago, Nunes made a big show out of refusing to read the classified DOJ file that was placed in front of him that he had worked so hard
to get released. Why was that? Possibly because he did not have the clearance to read it or that all of the information he wanted (the SCI) had been
Yesterday's press release said: "It was also agreed that White House Chief of Staff Kelly will immediately set up a meeting with the FBI, DOJ, and
DNI together with Congressional Leaders to review highly classified and other information they have requested,"
In this context, the term "highly classified" refers to SCI and the term "other information" refers to information pertaining to an ongoing criminal
The press release says that there will be a meeting but does NOT say that FBI, DOJ, and DNI will categorically release ALL of their sensitive
information to EVERY congressional leader. Just as the DNI cannot release SCI to someone who is not cleared for it (and the POTUS cannot legally order
him to do so), the DOJ and FBI cannot be required to release information pertaining to an ongoing criminal investigation to someone who is the subject
of that investigation. I strongly suspect that there is a sealed indictment against Nunes that hasn't been revealed yet. I think he either knows
that or strongly suspects it, and is trying to figure out exactly what information the Mueller investigation has on him. If so, when the FBI, DOJ, and
DNI sit down to "review" information with congressional leaders, they will continue to withhold from Nunes the information he wants the most.
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