Rep. Steve Scalise said Friday during a Fox News segment that classified information he has seen regarding the “Spygate” probe of President Trump’s 2016 campaign indicates some people should be jailed.
Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, made his comments in a discussion of U.S. Attorney John Durham’s ongoing criminal investigation into the origins of the FBI probe, officially known as “Crossfire Hurricane.”
“People ought to go to jail,” Scalise told host Sean Hannity after noting there are still “dirty cops” in Washington who are undermining the president’s agenda.
“I have seen some classified information I can’t go into — but, I can say this: Hopefully, Durham names names,” Scalise continued.
“I think the attorney general [William Barr] is waiting to see what comes out of that. And then, hopefully, they go after those people and put them in jail,” he continued.
Scalise assured the public that Durham’s report will exonerate “99 percent” of FBI rank-in-file employees who are “good people” at an important agency.
Last year, Barr assigned Durham, who is based in Connecticut and has a reputation for prosecuting government corruption, the task of examining the origins of the Spygate probe. By year’s end, the probe had turned into a criminal investigation, suggesting suspected lawbreaking had been uncovered.
An investigation by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz identified some FBI agents who improperly abused the FISA warrant application process to obtain permission to spy on Trump campaign figure Carter Page.
FBI Director Christopher Wray has said the agents identified by Horowitz will be disciplined.
“The failures highlighted in that report are unacceptable — period,” he said. “They don’t reflect who the FBI is as an institution, and they cannot be repeated. The FBI has embraced every last one of the inspector general’s recommendations, but we’re also making a number of improvements above and beyond.”
Wray also admitted during House testimony this week that the surveillance of the Trump campaign was illegal.
In response to questioning by Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), Wray said “right,” when the lawmaker asked if the bureau engaged in “illegal surveillance with respect to at least several of these FISA applications because there was no probable cause or proper predication” to investigate Trump campaign figure Carter Page, CBS News’ Catherine Herridge reported.