Congressman Devin Nunes (R-California) just gave an ominous warning to journalists to stop looking into Jeff Sessions’ Russian ties.
In a press conference on Thursday afternoon, Rep. Nunes — who chairs the House Intelligence Committee — threatened reporters with prosecution if they continued to ask questions about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ multiple meetings with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the election.
In one exchange with a journalist asking about the FBI’s progress in investigating the Trump administration’s contact with Russian government officials during the election, Rep. Nunes suggested that, as chair of the committee with oversight over U.S. intelligence agencies, journalists should “be careful” when reporting on Russia’s influence over the Trump administration:
REPORTER: What are the reasons that the FBI can’t be as forthcoming as you might like?
REP. DEVIN NUNES: It’s not a matter of them not being forthcoming, it’s a matter of them providing us timely information when they can get it to us.
REPORTER: Why can’t they?
REP. NUNES: I would assume that it’s quite complicated as it relates to, if, for example, you were on the phone with the Russian ambassador, and somehow your phone call got recorded, would you want them turning over that phone call and that transcript to the committee?
REPORTER: Well, isn’t there a difference though between a public person and a private person?
REP. NUNES: Well, that’s the point here. General [Michael] Flynn was a private American citizen. So, look, I’m sure some of you are in contact with the Russian embassy, so be careful what you ask here, because if we get, if we start getting transcripts of any of you or other Americans talking to the press, then do you want us to conduct an investigation on you or other Americans because you were talking to the Russian embassy?
Watch the video of Rep. Nunes’ press conference below, courtesy of The Raw Story:
Jamie Green is a contributor for the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.