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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FoggyWorld's picture

McCabe then ought to be disqualified from just about everything because his wife's and his accepting that campaign cash which they are permitted to keep, scream out Conflict of Interest.

And it might be interesting to see how he is financing a Porsche and two houses.  George Webb two days ago reported that McCabe interestingly owns a house in infamous Chappaqua - just .7 miles from HRC's house.  Where is the money coming from, Mr. McCabe?

Barfetto's picture

AlaricBarth Nice work. Did you come over here on Z from 4chan?

Ms No's picture

Bill Clinton is still alive and Vegas wasn't a gun deal gone wrong.  Also pizzagate completely distracted from the two real evidenced child traffickers that Clinton was tied to, right at the exact time that they needed that distraction.  You guys spend a lot of time jacking each other off over there and then patting yourselves on the back for it.  Can't wait to see how the predictions of the alleged agent that was leaking on there turn out.


Kelley's picture

Once again, Trump has embarassassed the sh** out of the Special Prosecutor's office as well as AG Sessions' undersecretaries. It apears Trump is unstoppable when it comes to bitch slapping TPTB's henchmen in the government. 

In a move to bring the hammer down on the FBI, Robert Mueller has ordered all agent to turn in their weapons, which will be replaced by Federal Reserve Bank approved nail guns.

Ms No's picture

Trump is defending himself and his administration, but once again and in a round about way we benefit off of him being there because he is the rock they are going to smash themselves against.  It all goes back to covering up Hillary crimes.  It's not about Hillary either, whatever is under the surface there exposes the whole Zionist shitbag.  They are scared to death that it cannot be covered up, its too big.  Hillary really should have shut her mouth a long time ago and stopped antagonizing him.  They cannot control what he will do when attacked and that is why they don't like him.  Other than that he doesn't threaten them much.  They dealt with this all wrong because they are arrogant.  The CIA was right when they profiled Trump as narcissist.  He will come out super aggressive and impulsive if attacked.  Well now they have come after him for so long and so aggressively that they are exposed again.  It's hilarious.  I still don't think Trump is fighting for us though.  They dealt with him completely wrong.  They will hate him until the end of days just for exposing Hillary and rapist Bill.

Judicial watch says that it's apparent that the feds don't give a shit that people know about the tarmac meeting but they damn well are worried about anybody finding out the context of the meeting there.  We know at least one thing that would have been discussed there but possibly many things were.  Clintons were temporary but the federal agencies are intended to be forever.  This is what they are worried about.


mc888's picture

It all goes back to covering up Hillary crimes. 

A lot of it is covering up Obama crimes. Defrauding the FISA court for a warrant. Banana Republic shit. Susan Rice, Samantha Powers, et al. 5I complicity, hell the head of GCHQ resigned after they were outed. Nobody's talking about that anymore. The mystery chans are also talking about O covering up and assisting NK's capabilities. U1 goes much deeper than the Kuru Bitch. 


P.S. Brazile. Everyone assumes she made a deal to throw Kuru Gash under the bus. Where does VJ fit into this? Everyone forget about her and MB? I said it back then and I'm sticking to it - the deal was to cover for O.

dirty fingernails's picture

FiSA court is a rubber stamp party. They approve almost every request no matter how vague. 

FoggyWorld's picture

36 minutes of conversation about grandchildren is nigh on impossible.  For starters, Lynch doesn't have any children never mind grandchildren.

At the time of that tarmac meeting one of Chelsea's kids was an infant and the other was barely two years old.

Incredible that we are supposed to believe their so called cover story.

Rolln's picture

Who fucking cares, Trumps a piece of shit. Everyone knows it. Gettem gone, the sooner the better.

zimboe's picture

Trump is God-King of Earth. You're goin' to Hell for that crack, me boyo.

Bring a handbasket. And a Thermos of ice-water.


sorry, Team_Huli . Was meant for that silly prick just above you

shutterbug's picture

You are a fucking zombie. Totally clueless and brainless.

While Trump isn't perfect. People like you do anything to get rid of an elected president, because ... you don't like him.

That makes you a traitor... and hanging would be fine.

pascal bets's picture

Well so far all of you DEMS have tried everything in the book to discredit him and he is still standing strong.  So take that and smoke it.

sauldaddy's picture

Did you know the DOJ has been investigating the FBI for 11 months…. wait, what?

***White Hat Magic***

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NSAPJ PC Burning Down the House

Rallydude's picture

Thanks for the links... Big day for the white hats.  Sessions finally exonerated... Swamp finally being drained.     

zimboe's picture

“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”
? H.L. Mencken, On Politics: A Carnival of Buncomb...

Just Trollin'. This more addresses Obongo, the  First Porch Pilot, I thinx.

I love Big Daddy Don.


Didn't they install a porch at the White House in the latest renovation?

Jam's picture

What a cluster this is. None of these criminals are accountable to anyone except another criminal. Yet most these idiots are able to strap on a gun everyday and pretend they are doing something to help the common man. All these .gov departments do is cover up unethical and immoral behavior of the crooked fucks that the American people are dumb enough to vote into office. This country is going straight down the shitter, stick a fork in it it's done.

shutterbug's picture

No Contempt ... FIRE THEM, NOW...

DoJ and FBI are runaway departments. Fire all people who do not work according to the law and "for the people".

Working for their own reasons should mean directly fired and blacklisted for a new government position.

Drop-Hammer's picture

For anyone interested, the skeezy jew Deputy Atty General, Rod Rosenstein, is mentioned in this post.  Go onto Google Images and Google Lavrentiy Beria (Stalin's NKVD/KGB Chief).  They could be brothers.

Drop-Hammer's picture

I am thinking of changing my handle from 'Drop-Hammer' to 'Amazon Street-Shitter'.  Thoughts?

Jackagain's picture

That's why they're switching to drones...

incharge1976's picture

Seeing that Comey's immunity deal has been pulled!!! Maybe there is going to be some justice with the OIG report. Check these two things out.

BigCumulusClouds's picture

Hopefully this will lead to exposing the shooting of the 5 Dallas cops last summer. Remember they did this shooting to take the Comey decision on the Clinton email scandal/investigation off the front page. They also enlisted Masonic support in St. Paul to do a fake shooting by a cop of Philando Castille (black guy) to set up the purported motive for the Dallas shooting.

To Hell In A Handbasket's picture

Trump supporting madness, when evidence points to the contrary, has become the staple diet on ZH. Partisan Trumptard madness has infected this forum, where projection has replaced logic, evidence and reason.

To even suggest as some have, that Trump and Flynn have laid a trap, would imply Flynn pleading guilty is part of some elaborate scheme? lol That is pure comedy gold. The house Republicans will toe the line. IF LEADING CAPITOL HILL POLITICIANS ARE AS COMPROMISED AS I BELIEVE, there will be the appearance of defending Trump and war with the FBI and DOJ.

Trump is compromised. Logic dictates it. Given Trump's legendary lack of impulse control, there is no fucking way he wouldn't lash/fight back, unless he couldn't. All Trump can do is Tweet and implore the legal system investigate. Ie: do their job. Does this look like a man laying a trap? Is it not the Republicans who controls government? Who runs the DOJ?

Killary is going to get Trump and part of the reason is obvious from my perspective. Trump going after Killary, would involve too much colateral. As I've been arguing for almost a year and a half, the key is the 1100 donor names on the Clinton Foundation pay to play list. Why won't Trump drill into the Clinton Foundation? Why won't he mention the trail of bodies? Why won't he focus of the Email and especially what some of them contain? He just won't do anything, because outting this will compromise some serious players.

I learned this in my first job, working at an electrical retailer. The yearly audit and we had too much stock. Over £6K worth and this was in 1985. The items got divided up between the 2 shop assistant, the security guard, the store manager and the area manager. I was so well insulated from repercussions, it taught me a lesson. The higher up and more important the people involved, the less likely you are to be caught.

Killary's dealings involve people at the very highest level. Prosecuting her would undoubtedly reveal other co-conspirators. These people are simply too high up, well place and some are VIP's. Just look at the way they are able to shut down the DOJ and FBI, investigations under Republican leadership.

It is so tragic, the obvious alludes so many people. The key is the Clinton Foundation. Always was. Flynn is a classic, Look Squirrel......... What do they not want us to concentrate on? They are giving us Russia gate, to avoid what? Uranium One is already dead. Americans are witnessing the rot within their criminal justice system. The sad truth is, its always been like this, but usually in the background, where it sometimes pops its ugly head up for a moment, then back out of sight. This time its ugly head has been on display for a full year and it is damn ugly and rotten. 

paranium's picture

You mean this witch hunt has politically bias pricks pulling the levers? I thought they were puritans simply in search of the truth and making sure everyone was following "the rules"

falak pema's picture

Haha !

The Dowd that vowed he blew a tweet that sank the Titanic of Duck's "fake news" phuck up.

"For the first and last time I'll admit I goofed on a spoofed tweet that sounded off beat. NEVA AGAIN."

Come on ZH, the Duck keeps running amok like a geriatric ward patient whose lost his diapers, and leaves a pool of golden showerings whenever he tweets.

"I tell ya he is a permanent menace to Denis, the good cop Kelly, the guy who tries to keep the West Wing under control. You neva know whats gonna crawl out from that rattler's nest after a Twitter shower of dementia spiked outrage ! "

Shake, rattle n roll ! The God King has spoken.

I hope they don't let him next to the Nuke button everytime he sees Rocketman out-do him in troll baiting via an ICBM launch of Norkian raunchy shenanigans.

We r in a race to bottom. The Cold War is now hotting up to become an Asian Pivot that says : Sayonara to 1492 Westward Ho! 

And DAT is poison for the Pax Americana hegemony; as well to its ME cronies and Euro-Brexit surrogates. 

Can you imagine what would happen if the International War Crimes tribunal called the Bush/OBama combine to come explain WHY they destroyed Afghan to Iraq to Syrac in a 20 year follow-on including Libya's evisceration...

We would have a whole troop of MIIC Brass Hats and Political Oligarchs taking cyanide toasts at moment of truth. 

south40_dreams's picture

Thanks to Slappy Sotero and his gang of terrorists, its now legal to kill white women in San Francisco

JoeSixpack1952's picture

Sessions must fired Rosenstein, Mueller, McCabe ...or resign, he is their boss isn't he?  

Hovel Downs's picture

After the Contempt of Congress charges it will be easy to fire them

Versengetorix's picture

William Sessions was fired by Bill Clinton as FBI Director.  Clinton quickly installed his own man in an "acting" poisition as Director.  Sessions was given 2 hours to clear out of the building.  The very next day, Vince Foster's body was found in Ft. Marcy Park and the FBI began fabricating evidence to fit the "suicide" story.  The agency has been a joke ever since.

Homer E. Rectus's picture

The more the house of Representatives acts tough, the more impotent we'll see them to be. The FBI will simply tell them to pound sand. How will they enforce anything? 

Hovel Downs's picture

Except they work for the Executive Branch, which side do you think Trump is on in this matter

Hovel Downs's picture

Except they work for the Executive Branch, which side do you think Trump is on in this matter

Hovel Downs's picture

Attorney General Jeff Sessions outfoxxed them all