Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) on Sunday dismissed any of the potenital findings that could be revealed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, saying that “we can just burn” his final report.
“You know we can just burn it up. It is a partisan document,” Nunes said on “Fox & Friends Weekend” just days after Mueller delivered his final report on the investigation into Russian interference and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.
Nunes, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, acknowledged that Democratic lawmakers have also called for the release of the underlying information from the probe. But Nunes pushed back against those calls, saying that the Mueller investigation has proven to be “fraudulent.”
“I don’t really care what the Mueller report says. The Mueller special counsel should have never been appointed,” Nunes said. “And I say that and we can take any part of this investigation and we can show you how fraudulent it is.”
Co-host Pete Hegseth later asked Nunes if it’s necessary for a second special counsel to investigate how the Russia probe was conducted from its inception.
“A second special counsel would have been great about a year and a half two years ago,” Nunes replied. “It would have been better to have not had a need for a second special counsel because we wouldn’t have had an investigation in the first place. But I do have faith in the new attorney general. I think he knows that it’s critical for the American people to have confidence in the FBI and the DOJ. It’s clear that this was not a widespread plague.”
The comments from Nunes come as scrutiny increases regarding Mueller’s final report, which he submitted to Attorney General William Barr on Friday. Barr could brief Congress on the findings as soon as Sunday.
Several Democratic and Republican lawmakers have called for a public release of the report. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) were among the Republicans to make an argument for the report’s full disclosure on Sunday.
Nunes has repeatedly criticized Mueller’s probe. In February, he told The Hill that the investigation would find zero evidence of collusion.