Republicans Prepare For War With FBI, DOJ: To File Contempt Action Over Anti-Trump Bias

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Five weeks ago, House Speaker Paul Ryan accused the DOJ and FBI of “stonewalling” the House Intelligence Committee’s wide-ranging subpoena for all pertinent information about how the largely unsubstantiated “Trump dossier” played into the DOJ’s decision to launch the infamous Trump collusion investigation. At the time, the speaker said the agency was preparing to turn over the information requested by the committee, but despite his assurances, the promised documents never materialized.

Then yesterday, thanks to a series of coordinated media leaks, Nunes learned – at the same time as the broader public - about the reassignment of Peter Strzok, a senior Mueller aide who had played a critical role in the DOJ’s original collusion investigation. And before that, Strzok helped lead the FBI’s probe into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information.

As it turns out, the agent had been reassigned for expressing anti-Trump sentiments in a series of text messages to FBI attorney Lisa Page while the two were having an affair. The bureau, it appears, had willfully tried to conceal this fact from Nunes and his committee.

Upon being blindsided with this information and publicly embarassed, the Intel committee chairman was understandably less than pleased. So in a statement issued Sunday, Nunes announced a serious escalation: His committee, he said, is preparing to hold Andrew McCabe and assistant AG Rod Rosenstein in contempt for the DOJ's failure to comply with Nunes's subpoena.

Strzok was reassigned in July, shortly before Nunes issued the request for the bureau to turn over all documents relating to the Trump dossier. In a transparent attempt to save face, the bureau contacted Nnes shortly after the Strzok news broke on Saturday to say they were ready to comply with the subpoena. But Nunes rightly repudiated this offer, saying it was too little, too late. He laid out his argument for preparing the order of contempt in a statement released Sunday offering details of the committee's unsuccessful push to convince the FBI to turn over the documents it had requested.

Here’s a timeline of Nunes' contact with the Department of Justice courtesy of the Washington Examiner:

  • 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.

Republicans, including President Trump, pointed to the news as evidence that the entire probe into Russian meddling had been politically motivated.


Unsurprisingly, both the FBI and House Democrats have been silent on the issue, according to Bloomberg:

A Justice Department spokesman, Sarah Isgur Flores, couldn’t be immediately reached for comment by telephone or text. There was no immediate response Sunday from a spokesman for the committee’s top Democrat, Representative Adam Schiff of California.

In his statement, included in full below, Nunes accused the FBI and the Department of Justice of willfully refusing to comply with an Aug. 24 committee subpoena in part by refusing the committee's request “for an explanation of Peter Strzok’s dismissal from the Mueller probe.” Nunes is giving the FBI until end of business day tomorrow to fully comply with the committee's requests, or face a contempt order before the end of the month.

Washington, D.C. – House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes issued the following statement today amid press reports that Peter Strzok, the top FBI official assigned to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of collusion between Russia and Trump officials, had been removed from the probe after exchanging anti-Trump and pro-Hillary Clinton text messages with his mistress, who was an FBI lawyer working for Deputy Director Andrew McCabe:


“The FBI and Department of Justice have failed to sufficiently cooperate with the Committee’s August 24 subpoena, and have specifically refused repeated demands from the House Intelligence Committee for an explanation of Pete Strzok’s dismissal from the Mueller probe. In light of today’s press reports, we now know why Strzok was dismissed, why the FBI and DOJ refused to provide us this explanation, and at least one reason why they previously refused to make Deputy Director McCabe available to the Committee for an interview.


“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. This is part of a months-long pattern by the DOJ and FBI of stonewalling and obstructing this Committee’s oversight work, particularly oversight of their use of the Steele dossier. At this point, these agencies should be investigating themselves.


“The DOJ has now expressed—on a Saturday, just hours after the press reports on Strzok’s dismissal appeared—a sudden willingness to comply with some of the Committee’s long-standing demands. This attempted 11th-hour accommodation is neither credible nor believable, and in fact is yet another example of the DOJ’s disingenuousness and obstruction. Therefore, I have instructed House Intelligence Committee staff to begin drawing up a contempt of Congress resolution for DOJ Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray. Unless all our outstanding demands are fully met by close of business on Monday, December 4, 2017, the committee will have the opportunity to move this resolution before the end of the month."

In the statement, Nunes pointed to “a months-long pattern by the DOJ and FBI of stonewalling and obstructing this Committee’s oversight work,” including also withholding subpoenaed information about their use of an opposition research dossier that targeted Trump in the 2016 election.

In targeting McCabe and Rosenstein, Nunes explained that Attorney General Jeff Sessions was being excused from any contempt action by the committee because the AG had recused himself from the investigation into Russia meddling.

In addition to the threat of contempt, Strzok is also facing an internal review for his role in the investigation into Clinton's handling of classified information on her private email server. It has already been revealed that then-FBI Director James Comey drafted his letter excusing Clinton before she had even been interviewed. The Office of the Inspector General probe into Strzok will examine his role in a number of "politically sensitive" cases this year, according to Fox News.

At the FBI, senior managers are facing a serious dilemma: It's probable that the information pertaining to Strzok is only some of what the bureau has tried to keep from Nunes and the committee. Now, the FBI is facing a dilemma: Either rush to comply without having the time to screen all the documents that have been supplied to the committee, or continue to resist, and face a Congressional subpoeana. Either way, we're certain this isn't the last of the story.

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Lumberjack's picture

You are absolutely fucking awesome man! Much appreciated AB!

AlaricBalth's picture

In the book "Rogue Spooks: The Intelligence War on Donald Trump"
By Dick Morris, Eileen McGann, Mueller team member Jeannie Rhee was an attorney who represented Hillary Clinton, and the Clinton Foundation in a racketeering case.

Lumberjack's picture

James Comey
“I want the American people to know this truth: The FBI is honest. The FBI is strong. And the FBI is, and always will be, independent.”
Me (June 8, 2017)


Mr. Comey, you and the fbi can go fuck yourself, you work with and cover up for organized crime, drug lords, corrupt politicians and bankers times up baby.

francis_the_wonder_hamster's picture

Thanks LJ, I was watching when Crony...errr....Comey made that statement.  Was looking for a link to it recently. 

Clashfan's picture

His name was Gary Caradori.

Carpe Tutti Bastardi's picture

The paucity of grateful Thank You's is disturbing and disappointing.

May I say Thank you for your contribution to hopeful justice.


Whoa Dammit's picture

Comey keeps sending out bizarre tweets. Is his guilt driving him insane? I'm waiting for him to quote Lady MacBeth in a tweet:

Out, damned spot! Out, I say!—One, two. Why, then, ’tis time to do ’t. Hell is murky!—Fie, my lord, fie! A soldier, and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account? Here's his latest tweet.
jeff montanye's picture

while we are at it, perhaps some of, shall we call them the as yet unindicted co-conspirators(?), may be wondering where the weakest link in the chain is.  lady macbeth wondered the same about old macbeth himself, even though he had promised to stay the course.  nice image, reminded me of hillary's chortle after "we came we saw he died":

 I have given suck, and know

How tender ’tis to love the babe that milks me.

I would, while it was smiling in my face,

Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums

And dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you

Have done to this.

francis_the_wonder_hamster's picture

Alaric, you know I love your work and posts, but didn't we already know that every single member of Mueller's team was on "their side"?

My litmus test on swamp draining: Eric Holder.  If this goes the way I/we hope it goes, they'd better not stop until every single one of the corrupt Obama/Clintonistas are not only in jail but have had all of their ill-gotten gains returned to the real Americans who have been raped, pillaged, and plundered for gawd-knows how long.

Crap, since I'm in the mood to rant, I'll not be satisfied until every single penny that was extorted and transferred to Liberal NPO's is reclaimed....with interest.

Double-crap.....jail and monetary renumeration ain't good enough....I'll be satisfied when the DNA of each and every one of these miscreats is wiped from the gene pool.

Triple-crap.....not sure that's even enough.....every single child, from the age of 2, for the future history of humanity, needs to be educated on how vile, evil, and destructive these deniers of basic human rights and liberty are.  We need to make sure the poison of this "progressive" idealogy never rears its head again.

Rant over.....sorry....was I off topic?  I guess I got triggered.

jeff montanye's picture

unless you're counting dick cheney, donald rumsfeld and george w. bush as progressives, this current manifestation of evil has little to do with liberal, progressive, marxist or communist.  or, for that matter, conservative, right wing, fascist or nazi (except maybe ashkenazi).

why spare the devils who really started the ball rolling, the neocons in the bush administration?  if i may, we'd be better off being non partisan in this as there is plenty of blame to go around and the rinos and the dinos are both at fault.  plus it doesn't look like we are playing favorites (like mueller seems to be doing).

aipac plays both sides against the middle.

AlaricBalth's picture

Thank you Francis.
Yes. Some of this info has been available for months. It has been largely ignored by the national MSM. Many people hadn't seen it or comprehended its magnitude. The 3 attorneys who donated to the Clinton campaign and/or performed legal services for the Clintons, should never have been allowed on Mueller's team. Now, after the Peter Strzok revelation they should recuse themselves immediately under conflict of interest grounds.

Remember, everyone thought Hillary Clinton would win. Everyone in the Beltway aligned with her machine because it was going to be, not just business as usual, but a supercharged graft system whereby huge amounts of money would be flowing to the players, and payday was imminent. Law firms like Jeannie Rhee's Wilmer, Hale didn't donate because they were "true believers". They invested in an expected outcome. When Clinton lost, it was as if a collective moan-like lament came from the swamp. There would be no huge payday. But there would be payback from those who opposed her. This isn't about Hillary or "resistance". This is retribution for potential fortunes lost.

MoreFreedom's picture

A Contempt of Congress has led in the past, to jail time as it did for Rita Lavelle who was an EPA official.  I don't expect Trump and Sessions will be like Obama and Lynch, who decided to have the Dept. of Justice NOT to indict the officals such as Eric Holder, Lois Lerner and Bryan Pagliano who weren't indicted and prosecuted for failing to comply.  

Trump is looking a lot better than Obama in holding government officials accountable - he's even fired some.   Obama on the other hand, proseuted more whistleblowers than all previous presidents combined.  Obama also promoted Michael Flynn to head the DIA, while Trump fired him.

Donnie Duvanie's picture

They are nothing but a bunch of scumbags - the whole ot of them.

Cynicles II's picture

Even if Trump had an idea to replace the Marxists, he has not initiated such a process.
Likely he was "advised" against doing such things.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Did enyone see the DIANE FEINSTEIN comment regarding OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE? Unbelievable!!!

This LADY needs to GO ASAP!!! Talk about a person with an ANTI-TRUMP bias problem.


Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

Drain it, Don.

Fire-up your ' YOU'RE  FIRED! ' routine.

People LOVE seeing a nasty piece of work get their due and get walked off the property.

dunce's picture

This could and would be used to charge Trump with obstruction of justice when in fact it is facilitating justice. We live in Orwellian times.

Ghost of PartysOver's picture

It will take a destroying a few pillars of the swamp before anything starts to change.  And do not think for a second that the swamp will back down.  Oh no, they will throw everything at Trump if only to save their own arses.  I have been saying since the election that Trump is not a member of the Swamp Club and the Game of Thrones will get gawd awful ugly before it gets better.  I just hope for Trump's sake he is super squeaky clean.

overbet's picture

At this point he doesnt have to be clean. Who would believe anything thrown at him without completely irrefutable evidence? Honestly, I might not even believe DNA evidence at this point given the level of corruption we have witnessed.

Ghost of PartysOver's picture

hmm.  duplicate of the above.

caconhma's picture

Trump is the US President. He must order FBI to provide all the info requested by the Congress and, if it is necessary, to remove/fire any FBI and DoJ employees.

Trump, stop being an imbecile and do your job. It is that simple!

Antifaschistische's picture

Mr. Trump, while you're at it, don't forget that the Department of Immigration and Naturalization is about 99% swamp creatures.   You still innocently think these people work for you and your top officials.  At the grass root level, they are still 100% dedicated to the obama destroy america agenda. the way, why does NPR still get money...they are a non stop informercial for everything  you stand against.

NiggaPleeze's picture


Well that's what our (((faux "democracy"))) is all about.  The talking heads get to run their mouths alot to set themselves apart from the others, but, alas, it never boils down to policy.  Because, my friend, you are getting played again and again and again.

"I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again."

redmudhooch's picture

You're most likely wasting your money.

Number 9's picture

i am to the conclusion that we the people have to make a citizens arrest..

nothing else is going to work.

Akzed's picture

Let us know how it goes.

Carpe Tutti Bastardi's picture

Not really interested..... Just an observer are ya?

Conscious Reviver's picture

Ah some poor guy tried that at the Fed a few years ago. Unless the revolution comes, he'll probably never get out of prison.

44magnum's picture

I think they would need to be caught smoking a joint. It always gets us arrested.

Cynicles II's picture

Is that why Øbama went to prison?


Obama wants to go to prison for all the free cock he can get there. 

SoDamnMad's picture

Start with an organizational chart of the FBi and bring them in one by one. 10 Minute interview then they leave and wait in an outer room for a decison on whether they stay or are"redundent" (love that word). Mathis's Marines will provide security (Move much of Camp LeJeune to DC).  FBI surrenders weapons except for those on active cases outside the city.  Those as part of this cluster-fuk get an immediate transfer to Gitmo.  This is how we will drain the FBI swamp.  Congress to put together a plan to reorganize or end the FBI.  CIA at Langley is next.

NoPension's picture

CIA needs to be first.

The whole complex needs to be set with changes, and just leveled.

Then, they need to be hunted like animals. Turn JSOC loose on them.

Carpe Tutti Bastardi's picture

I was gonna the same time!

But first is OK too!

Bigly's picture

Now THAT'S a plan!


chubbar's picture

Charge that worthless piece of shit Sessions while you are at it. That cocksucker REFUSES to do his job even after the media has done all the investigative leg work for him. What an asshole!!!!

SheHunter's picture

Why did Trump select him?  And why is Trump so silent on his (Sessions') non-presence?  Serious questions.  Something is brewing. Could it be Trump wants the noise but no real action?  Which, sadly, brings me full circle to a real concern AKA Trump was briefed very early on as to the the depth of the swamp and now understands if he pushes investigation into the Clinton mafia his own party will also be brought to its knees.

jeff montanye's picture

depending who and how that's not really a bad idea.  john mccain?  lindsay graham (spends a fair amount of time on his knees already; i know but i couldn't resist), paul ryan, mike pence, mitt romney, george bush?  i wouldn't cross the street to save the lot of them.

Endgame Napoleon's picture

Maybe, the Brits have a better system with their vote of no confidence. Of course, they mostly get Establishment Uniparty globalists, too. The Uniparty may actually be global, fulfilling the One World Order dream.

Bigern's picture

Enter Octavian. The man to become Augustus Caesar, who could bring all Senate shenanigans to a halt, and restore order. All it took was a little civil war to rustle things up and re-pacify Egypt. Considering the times of Sulla, familiarity with civil wars had become proper.

For the Republic!


When the system grinds to a halt, the people will lift up the first man who manages to arrest the swamp creatures. That is how it will begin.

When it progresses, the only ones not consumed will be those who belong to the hidden elite swamp, guarded by possessed aligators.

rsnoble's picture

I got arrested for telling the ex mayor of a small town to fuck off. With no witnesses.

El Oregonian's picture

This is but a couple of teaspoons to be removed from this giant and deep swamp...

but they are an important couple of teaspoons to be sure that must first be removed.

Carpe Tutti Bastardi's picture

Teaspoons? we need those flying tankers that they use to fight forest fires.

You know .....the ones that scoop up water from nearby lakes and dump it on the fire.

Beowulf55's picture

Contempt of Congress............whooppie fucking do............Eric Holder was held in contempt of congress..........did it do anything?..........didn't do shit


You can be as outraged as you want Congress..........but these people don't even cover up their crimes as they are above the law.........


You can stop your Kabuki thearter anytime.

novictim's picture

This is not a "whoop dee do" nothing burger.

This action by Nunes is a breath of fresh air.  The American public will see this , need to see this, and grasp the corruption that Trump is up against.  It all may be symbolic but symbolism matters. These FBI clowns will be disgraced in the eyes of their neighbors and the public.

mc888's picture

Who polices the secret police?

These criminals aren't going to arrest themselves. Not going to be able to enforce a CoC unless you send in somebody outside the corrupt DOJ/FBI LE system. SS or USMC. And I wouldn't trust SS.

NoPension's picture

Mattis, JSOC and the Marines.

" defend the Constitution, from all enemies foreign and domestic "

Seems to me...there are more domestic enemies than foreign now.

CIA leads the a mile. FBI, IRS ,DOJ all fighting for second place.

At this point...people need to die. Look to Saudi Arabia to see how it's done. Round these fucks up. Get them talking. Get the complete story..then escort them to the constructed platform at the rear of the Capitol. Shoot, hang or behead the fucks...immediately. Put their fucking heads on pikes...old a lesson.

When it's done...God Emperor Donald John Trump can come out and apologize to the world on behalf of the People of the United States.

I could not be more serious.

JohninMK's picture

Hung, drawn and quartered is the way forward.

Shooting, hanging, head chopping or the guillotine are too quick.

jeff montanye's picture

i realize this is hyperbole but fast justice is not what is called for.  slow, very slow, justice with lots of on camera confessions put on television so that everyone, not just the choir, believes the sermon (i'm an atheist).

there is so, so much we don't know.  it will take years and years of trials and that is the best investment money can buy.  the reforms that will flow from such "truth commissions" will be of some lasting quality.  summary justice is not what one wants.  rule of law and in this case the golden rule: do what you would want done to you, i.e. a fair trial.  truth is on our side and truth must out.  

half the nation still believes hillary clinton would have made a better president.  donald trump has shown indications that this is not true (syria, the deep state hates him) but i want him to prove it every way he can.

let's go.