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Scalise: People Ought to Go to Jail Over Durhams Probe Into Origins of Russia Investigation

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said that he believes some people who allegedly abused their power in an attempt to “take down a candidate for president” should be sent to prison after the conclusion of U.S. Attorney John Durhams investigation into the origins of the Russia probe.

Scalise made the comments to Fox News Sean Hannity after President Donald Trumps impeachment acquittal address at the White House on Thursday. During that address, the president criticized the various efforts targeting him, including former special counsel Robert Muellers investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Trump was acquitted by the Senate on two articles of impeachment—abuse of power and obstruction of Congress—a day before.

Scalise described the president as being “very candid” in his address, saying that Trumps speech underscored that there were still “some very crooked people” such as “some dirty cops” in Washington who were still out there.

Attorney General William Barr assigned Durham early last year to investigate the origins of the FBIs counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign and to assess whether the surveillance of Trump-campaign associate Carter Page was free of improper motive. The probe was designated a formal criminal investigation later in 2019. This designation gave Durhams team the ability to issue subpoenas, impanel a grand jury, compel witnesses to give testimony, and bring federal criminal charges.

Durham could scrutinize the conduct of several current and former senior FBI officials during his investigation, including former Director James Comey, former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and former Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok. Those officials were involved in obtaining a warrant to spy on Page and deployed at least two spies to target Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos.

“People need to be held accountable. They abuse their power to literally try to take down a candidate for president of the United States. People ought to go to jail,” said Scalise, who appeared to be referring to several former top members of federal law enforcement. “Ive seen some classified information that I cant go into but I can say this hopefully Durham names names. I think the attorney general is waiting to see what comes out of that.”

He added that he hopes that Durhams investigation would vindicate the “99 percent good people at the FBI,” or the agencys rank-and-file, while saying that the FBI is “an important agency to our national security.”

The FBIs counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign began in late July of 2016 and eventually evolved into Muellers special counsel probe. Peter Strzok, the agent who led the FBI probe, sent messages expressing animus against Trump, spoke of stopping Trump from becoming president, mentioned an insurance policyRead More – Source

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