A group of House Republicans has gathered secretly for weeks to build a case that senior leaders of the Justice Department and FBI improperly, perhaps criminally, mishandled the contents of a dossier that describes alleged ties between President Trump and Russia, reports Politico. Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee, led by Chairman Devin Nunes of California, has been working parallel to the committee’s high-profile inquiry into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The goal is to highlight what some committee members see as corruption and conspiracy in the upper ranks of federal law enforcement. The group hopes to release a report early next year detailing their concerns about DOJ. They might seek congressional votes to declassify elements of their evidence.
Their product could be used to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether any Trump aides colluded with Russia during the 2016 campaign, or possibly to justify his dismissal. The Nunes-led group suspects the FBI and DOJ have worked either to hurt Trump or aid his former campaign rival Hillary Clinton. Nunes told Fox News this month, “I hate to use the word corrupt, but they’ve become at least so dirty that who’s watching the watchmen? Who’s investigating these people? There is no one.”