GOP Rep. Nunes believes FBI probe into Trump campaign began in late 2015, not 2016

Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, thinks the FBI's Trump-Russia probe began before the agency's publicly stated July 2016 start date.

Published: February 20, 2020 8:15pm

Updated: February 23, 2020 10:59am

The FBI began looking into the Trump presidential campaign before the agency's publicly stated July 31, 2016, start date, says Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

“I believe it started in 2015, but there’s no question that it started in early 2016,” Nunes said on the latest episode of the "John Solomon Reports" podcast.

The California lawmaker said he's "highly confident" that the federal probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the outcome of the 2016 White House race began in late 2015.

“And I think that’s what we’ll ultimately find that dirty cops and dirty operators were taking in information from FBI sources in 2015,” he also said.

Solomon thinks that an earlier start date -- and public knowledge of that fact -- would have changed the entire ordeal, which included the House Democrats' roughly $25 million, so-called Mueller probe that concluded with no conclusive evidence that Trump had colluded with Russia.  

“That changes everything on the way the story was told to us from Rod Rosenstein and James Comey and Andrew McCabe," Solomon said. "It would be a complete rewriting of what really happened, which is extraordinary.” 

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