White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Sunday he expects indictments to be handed down in U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, and that documents will be released in the coming days that suggest the FBI spied on the Trump campaign.
“You’re going to see a couple of other documents come out in the coming days that will suggest that not only was the campaign spied on, but the FBI did not act appropriately as they were investigating,” Meadows also said in an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.”
Meadows, a former member of the House Oversight Committee, was one of a small group of Republicans who pushed for the release of documents related to the infamous Steele dossier and the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign.
On Friday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham released a declassified FBI memo of interviews conducted in January 2017 with the primary source that Christopher Steele used to compile his anti-Trump dossier.
The source undercut several aspects of the dossier, which the FBI cited extensively in two applications it filed to conduct surveillance against former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.
The Justice Department’s office of the inspector general faulted the FBI for failing to disclose the problems with the dossier in its applications for the spy warrants.
Durham, the U.S. attorney for Connecticut, has been investigating the FBI and other U.S. agencies’ activities during the 2016 campaign, and after President Trump took office. A former FBI attorney who worked on the Russia probe is under criminal investigation for allegedly altering an email about Page to downplay his relationship with the CIA, according to The New York Times.
“I think the American people expect indictments. I know I expect indictments based on the evidence I’ve seen,” Meadows told host Maria Bartiromo.
Meadows did not provide any other details on the forthcoming documents. Earlier this year, then-acting intelligence director Richard Grenell began the process of declassifying a slew of documents related to the dossier and FBI probe.
He declassified footnotes from the inspector general’s report that said that the FBI received evidence in early 2017 that Russian intelligence officers may have fed disinformation to Steele, a former MI6 officer who investigated the Trump campaign on behalf of the DNC and Clinton campaign.
“It’s all starting…to unravel, and I tell you, it’s time for people to go to jail and be indicted,” Meadows said Sunday.
Attorney General William Barr, who picked Durham to lead the investigation, has said that he expects the prosecutor to wrap up the probe before the election in November. He has also said that Durham may release a report of the investigation.
Barr has declined to say who Durham is investigating, though he said in an interview on May 18 that Barack Obama and Joe Biden are not targets of the probe.
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