House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes has instructed his committee to cite the FBI in contempt of Congress. This historic move comes following the revelation that the FBI did refuse to turn over documents that explained why agent Peter Strzok was suddenly removed from Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. Strzok was a former deputy director for counterintelligence at the FBI. As it was discovered, Strzok had made a number of anti-Trump and pro-Hillary comments in his text messages that destroyed any possible facade of independence in the probe.
The exact texts have not yet been revealed, but Fox News reported that “Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller Mueller learned that Strzok had exchanged anti-Trump texts with a colleague.”
Strzok has been a key figure in House investigations when it comes to the chain of the events that led to the FBI obtaining Fusion GPS’ notorious anti-Trump dossier.Investigators were contacted by an informant suggesting that there was “documentary evidence” that Strzok was purportedly obstructing the House probe into the dossier.
While Strzok’s removal from the Mueller team had been publicly reported in August, the Justice Department never disclosed the anti-Trump texts to the House investigators.
According to Breitbart:
“Over the next three months, the FBI repeatedly refused to turn over the requested information. Nunes met and spoke to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to no avail. Nunes and the committee continued to pursue the matter right up through Friday, Dec. 1.
The following day, the New York Times and the Washington Post reported that Strzok had been kicked off Mueller’s team because of anti-Trump text messages that he was found to have exchanged with FBI lawyer Lisa Page during the 2016 presidential election. Strzok had also worked on the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s storage of emails, including classified information, on an illicit private server. She was not prosecuted.
The revelation of Strzok’s removal, and the reasons for it, are a huge blow to the credibility of Mueller’s inquiry, which critics have long claimed is riddled with partisan conflicts of interest.”
He’s not even the only one with conflicts of interests – a number of the lawyers working for Muller have donated to Hillary Clinton, and one even donated to the Clinton Foundation (which itself has been the subject of an FBI investigation). The FBI and DOJ had refused several inquiries into Strzok over the past few months, on a number of occasions:
- On Oct. 11, Nunes met with deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein. In that meeting, Nunes specifically discussed the committee’s request for information about Strzok.
- In an Oct. 31 committee staff meeting with the FBI, bureau officials refused a request for information about Strzok.
- On Nov. 20, the committee again requested an interview with Strzok. (Three days earlier, on November 17, Strzok met with the Senate Intelligence Committee.)
- On Nov. 29, Nunes again spoke to Rosenstein, and again discussed Strzok.
- On Dec. 1, the committee again requested to speak with Strzok.
The FBI and DOJ did nothing after each such occasion.
We only learned the reason for Strzok’s firing three months ago on Saturday, and Nunes immediately accused the FBI of deliberately covering up political bias on the Muller team. “By hiding from Congress, and from the American people, documented political bias by a key FBI head investigator for both the Russia collusion probe and the Clinton email investigation, the FBI and DOJ engaged in a willful attempt to thwart Congress’ constitutional oversight responsibility,” Nunes said
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