According to a complaint filed with the Office of Congressional Ethics, House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) leaked confidential information in an attempt to punish the firm that produced the Trump Russian dossier and to derail the ongoing special counsel Robert Mueller probe into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
The complaint, filed by the nonpartisan Campaign for Accountability, calls on the OCE to investigate whether Nunes leaked closed-door testimony of the head of the company that produced the bombshell dossier of Russian information on Donald Trump.
Portions of the secret testimony apparently were “selectively leaked” to discredit Fusion GPS and to “retaliate against Fusion for its role in investigating” Trump and his campaign’s ties to Russia, according to the complaint. It alleges the leak further aimed to “deter the firm from engaging in any continued investigation.”
Nunes has also been embroiled in controversy over a secret memo he reportedly orchestrated that alleges the FBI abused its surveillance powers investigating the Trump campaign’s involvement in Russian election interference.
#ICYMI: This morning, CfA asked the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate whether House Intel Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) and/or staff acting at his direction violated House ethics rules by leaking confidential information. Learn more: https://t.co/ht5KhnHXx2 pic.twitter.com/HYhXKU2pWO
— Accountability (@Accountable_Org) January 25, 2018
This month, a transcript of the entire testimony of Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson with the Senate Judiciary Committee was released by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the panel, at Simpson’s request.
Simpson believed the transcripts would provide a more accurate picture of what he said, rather than selectively leaked bits to put the company in a bad light. The full transcripts included information about Trump’s possible Russian connections.