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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Bigly's picture

Years of televised trials? With our population and the ADD? I have no confidence the asleep will wake even with that.

Nuremberg 2.0. 2-3 months, tops. Rack and stack.

 

jeff montanye's picture

i'll stand for some ritalin but you are so right to mention nuremberg.  even with me 9-11 gets the attention because it is so obviously mass murder and treason, the highest of crimes with no statute of limitations.

but what, maybe 3000 dead, over in a day?  seven countries in five years has killed upwards of two million largely innocent people, including patriots who opposed the u.s.'s invasions of their countries, and has lasted sixteen years and counting.  but under the fucked up laws and, more, the "accepted practices" of the u.s. since vietnam all this shit is arguably legal.  but it is not.

it is aggressive war, what a dozen nazis were badly hanged for in nuremberg gymnasium at the end of world war two and as the basis for establishing the united nations.  and it is a crime against humanity punishable by death, apparently.  at least it needs to be made clearly illegal again with life in prison as punishment.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuremberg_principles

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuremberg_executions

overbet's picture

Its a catch 22 for Congress members when the Intelligence agencies are holding all the dirt on them. Shut down all of their legal ability to monitor citizens in any way. Initiate term limits. A completely new Congress  members voted in and then the new uncompromised Congress memebers can cull them. 

jeff montanye's picture

might want to consider israel's exemption from the having to have its agents register a working for a foreign government.  maybe even limit dual nationality citizens from government work.

NeedtoSecede's picture

@Beowulf55, unfortunately, you are correct.  More bullshit until these criminals start going to jail or swinging from tall trees at the end of a short rope.

 

Nunes, stay away from tall buildings, nail guns, the weightroom, airplanes, helicopters and that neighborhood where the "botched robbery" took place in 2016...

 

Fucking banan republic is all we have left.  Not one to post big screeds, but that famous power trio from Canada sang in a song from way back and nailed it.

 

"Beneath, Between And Behind"

Ten score years ago, defeat the kingly foe
A wondrous dream came into being
Tame the trackless waste, no virgin land left chaste
All shining eyes, but never seeing

[Chorus:]
Beneath the noble bird
Between the proudest words
Behind the beauty, cracks appear
Once with heads held high
They sang out to the sky
Why do their shadows bow in fear?

Watch the cities rise
Another ship arrives
Earth's melting pot and ever growing
Fantastic dreams come true
Inventing something new
The greatest minds, and never knowing

[Chorus]

The guns replace the plow, facades are tarnished now
The principles have been betrayed
The dreams's gone stale, but still, let hope prevail
History's debt won't be repaid

[Chorus]
RealistDuJour's picture

Sorry, I'm confused... are you referring to this trip where he had a very warm welcome...? https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.thestar.com/amp/news/canada/2009/03/18/b...

 

DrLucindaX's picture

I think he was referring to Darth Dick Cheney, and here's when he cancelled his trip:

http://articles.latimes.com/2012/mar/13/nation/la-na-nn-dick-cheney-cana...

Ted19731950's picture

Who is darth in this context?

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ Algol,

The horror in all this is the Real Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths like

Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopath Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Wasserman-Shultz, Wiener, Abedin, Podesta.

Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopath Obama, Lynch, Clapper, Jarret, Brennan.....etc.....

Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Psychopath George Bush Senior & Jr., Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Rice....etc.....

The real, out in the open in your Face

Tyrannical Lawless

Criminals at Large continue to walk free.

To this day.

Explain to me again how we're not

Tyrannically Lawless?

jeff montanye's picture

this is it.  this is the chance to explain, to ourselves and to the world, that we are not tyrannically lawless.

the return of the rule of law is, imo, the highest hope one can have for any u.s. administration.  that it is possibly that of donald trump's will surprise a good number of citizens of the u.s. and of the rest of the world, to say the least.

Cloud9.5's picture

The prior president was adept at using executive orders correct?  Both the FBI and the DOJ are agencies within the executive branch correct?  President Trump has the authority to place all members in these agencies on unpaid leave until they comply with the congressional subpoena. So, let’s stop twitting about it and just shut these demigods down.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Sign the Executive Order:

The National Security Elimination Act of 2017.

Elimination of the CIA

Cynicles II's picture

and end up like JFK or Vince Foster even

jeff montanye's picture

your point is well taken.  perhaps trump is a better politician than jfk; certainly he gets the chance to learn from him (and from vince foster for that matter).  imo trump must educate and animate the people so that they are, in some sense, his protection from the murderers.  as with his election, this forum has a part to play.

no dynasty lasts forever and this one is getting very long in the tooth and . . . is that a limp?

Uncle_Cuddles's picture

Trump has a phone and a pen, just like the Magic Negro.

willy up the creek's picture

So, can someone please explain for me what happens then when they are held in contempt of Congress?  What consequences ensue?  Don't I remember someone in Obama's crew being held in contempt but nothing ever followed.  Because Eric Holder - corrupt sycophant that he is - chose to do nothing?  Was that it?  So, what happens now?  Is it up to Sessions?  And, what are the actions he can take?  

CatInTheHat's picture

Whenever one side calls out the other, WITHOUT acknowledging the current information of the corruption on THEIR side, it appears as HYPOCRISY.

Because here is the deal: BOTH. SIDES. DO. IT.

 

Imsofar ax Russia gate, the Democratic party, Clinton, the DNC and Obama in particular, COMMITTED PRIMARY RIGGING AND ELECTION FRAUD. In a corporate and Military COUP, the elite wanted Clinton in office. They knew she would waste ZERO time with regime change in Syria, and then into IRAN, dragging theRussians into a hot war, hence a WORLD WAR FOR ISRAHELL. 

 

WARS AND TAX REFORM ARE THE MAJOR PRIORITIES OF THE ELITE. And the Democratic party is now also the party of war. OBAMA LEFT OFF WHERE BUSH STARTED AND TRUMP HAS TAKEN OVER FROM WHERE OBAMA LEFT OFF. IN 2016 ALONE, OBAMA DROPPED 26,000 BOMBS. 

The difference between the Democratic party and the Republican party is NOT policies. The difference is that NEOCONS DONT BOTHER TO HIDE THEIR RUTHLESS, SOCIOPATHIC BEHAVIOR, BUT DEMOCRATS, ASSUMED THE PARTY OF THE PEOPLE EXPLOITED THIS BELIEF AND INSTALLED MORE WAR AND DOMESTIC POLICIES OF HARM UNDER THE NOSES OF VOTERS. 

Until the primaries began, I only had a vague awareness of the wars overseas. When I learned what Obama and Democrats had done I was horrified and outraged. What the hell happened???

The answer really, was nothing. The Democratic party has been corrupt since November 22,1963, when Kennedy was murdered by the CIA and Johnson took over and accelerated VIETNAM. That's how much the elite love war and how much Democrats love to deliver. That's why they just gave Trump his biggest policy win (aside from this tax fraud plan) with 700 BILLION FOR MORE WAR. Under Obama and until this tax plan, the largest transfer of wealth happened under. Obama when he bailed out the criminal banksters and not the people to the tune of 17 TRILLION dollars. 

And filled his cabinet with Goldman and Citigroup. 

Obama is a MASTER MANIPULATOR. And of course the elite knew this, and utilized his half blackness to appeal to identity politics because that's how CENTRIST NEOLIBERAL Democrats roll. Socially progressive, but financially REGRESSIVE, which merely gives lip service to social progression. 

Bush, Cheney, Kristol, and MUELLER himself belong in a federal prison for their part in 9/11 and Iraq, but instead PROGRESSIVES roll GW out on Ellen, making him appear as some reformed huggable teddy bear. A war criminal that cost 1 MILLION LIVES.

BOTH SIDES DO IT. 

jeff montanye's picture

they do.  absolutely.  

but trump may be a different deal.  

he is, imo, unvetted by aipac unlike most important politicians in this country because he stepped from reality television and casinos into the oval office.  

he doesn't buy the official 9-11 story because he said on the day it happened that explosions not planes and fires took down the wtc   (http://vt.co/news/us/donald-trump-said-two-planes-alone-not-brought-twin...)

he stopped u.s. policy in syria, perhaps the most significant tell because that was absolutely not what the rinos, dinos and the likud/mossad of israel wanted and very badly.

if so (and even if not) let us persevere and not miss what chance we have.  the times are ripe for change.

Brutus:

There is a tide in the affairs of men.

Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;

Omitted, all the voyage of their life

Is bound in shallows and in miseries.

On such a full sea are we now afloat,

And we must take the current when it serves,

Or lose our ventures.

LibertarianMenace's picture

Very good point. But faced with the hangman's noose, they'll get Broom Hilda & Senile Slick to turn state's evidence. And the Sherffs, er, I "mena(sic)" the Bushes? Well they'll be nice and dried. Just right and ready for burning. The illicit "purchase" of state asset aquifer rights in South America won't be enough to put them out. May even bring The Shields out into the open and out from The World Controller's Building to avoid getting burned.

Intergalactic, n-dimensional matrix chess, Trumpie? Who knew?

XWeatherman's picture

While you are counting War Criminals, don't leave out Obama, Clinton & Sarkozy & Cameron for Libya and Clinton et al for Yugoslavia.

Ajax-1's picture

Hey Trump, I have an idea. Why don't you start by firing Sessions. Until you do that, "Sympathy" is in the dictionary between Shit and Syphilus....look it up.

SheHunter's picture

Read my earlier post. Trump is way too silent on Sessions....unusual for Trump who is not afraid to loudly express his opinions of appointees.  Something brewing.

BuckWild's picture

They are the new Stalin, Mao, and Lenin. The insane part is, they all are just the puppets. Who is the puppeteer? That is who we need to take out!

drendebe10's picture

The feebies and dept of jerkoffs are a buncha corrupt overpaid progressive liberal democraps who are traitorous lying cheating turds who have betrayed their oath of office & the tax paying working US citizens. Fukemall. Dismantle both the bureaucracy shtholz.  Can the do nothing spineless sessions weenie too.

Number 9's picture

i hope some top level pos wind up with oozing holes in them

Max Cynical's picture

The reporting is incomplete...not only was Strzok kicked off Mueller's team, so was his fuck buddy, Lisa Page!

A little over one month after Strzok’s departure, ABC News reported that F.B.I. lawyer Lisa Page also left the special Russia investigation. Page was known by various reports as being deeply experienced in “money laundering and organized crime cases,” and was part of what Wired magazine referred to as his “investigator’s dream team.”

http://heavy.com/news/2017/12/peter-strzok-lisa-page-fbi-trump-texts-aff...

Francis Marx's picture

Not another dog and pony show!

TBT or not TBT's picture

We need more grandstanding on teevee so we can vote with proper emotion.  

NihilistZerO___'s picture

This explicitly brings Sessions back into the Clinton Foundation picture despite his recusal.

Are you guys not noticing the pattern here???

EVERYTHING coming out of the Mueller investigation is leading to Clinton / FBI collusion regarding the email server and the CF.  Ignore the noise and the blustery public statements. Look at the RESULTS:

FBI informant removed from gag order. Money to CF for Uranium 1 confirmed.

Podesta Group RIP.

Flynn admits to lying over contact that wasn't illegal. Now will testify for Mueller. What dort does he have? Flynn was the spook who tried to stop the Obama/Clinton plan to let the Muslim Brotherhood take over the ME.

Mueller makes (likely knowingly) compromised FBI agent member of team only to sack him for being Clinton stooge. Puts another bright light on Clinton FBI malfeasance.

EXPAND YOUR THINKING ZH. We've been waiting for a reckoning of these bad actors since 2008. Really since September 11th 2001...

MrBoompi's picture

The fix was in a long time ago.  Many Clinton people received immunity deals before they pretended to talk to the FBI in their "wink wink" fake investigations into Clinton.  Then they use a fake dossier as a justification for eavesdropping, listen in on Flynn, and then question him for any inconsistencies while he doesn't know they listened in on him.  I just think they just don't give a shit how corrupt this looks.  

Not Too Important's picture

Those immunity deals can be rescinded.

Back to the show.

jeff montanye's picture

and they were attorney client immunity and they were offered by a certain peter strzok, so perhaps they are not ironclad as you say.

nihilist you may be right.  or not.  this is about as exciting as u.s. politics has been in quite some time.

Carpe Tutti Bastardi's picture

If anything, in the worst case it would be more like Kabuki theatre.

otschelnik's picture

This isn't a game of bridge, its blood sport.  The house of rep's is America's hope. 

Go Devin go!  Pull the plug drain!  The swamp! 

onewayticket2's picture

literally blood sport.

people have already been "died"

Bay of Pigs's picture

Nice to see Nunes growing a pair and going after these rotten fuckers.

 

VWAndy's picture

 Fire the lot of um for cause.

 Seth Rich.

DosZap's picture

Another addition to the CLINTON DEAD TEAM,

Fear not,they may get away with ALL this in THIS life, at the GWT Judgement there will wailing and gnashing of teeth for ALL who are unfortunate enough to BE there.

Ms No's picture

All Zionists need to be purged from the US government, intelligence and banking structures for being foreign subversive agents.  Rosenstein is as good a place to start as any.  Of course this wont happen because the Trump family is married into the foreign subversive movement (just like the Clintons).  Trump is going after those that come after him personally.  Who defends the rest of the world from this?  Obviously nobody.  By the way the entire country of Yemen is being starved to death as we speak...

 

Lost in translation's picture

Went off the CA script last week - way off - and assigned a research paper to the undergrads. Topic: Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen. How are the US and KSA involved, and why?

Due next Thursday...

artichoke's picture

No mention of the Iran backed Houthis?  Pretty biased assignment I'd say, unless you're planning to cover that too in depth.

farflungstar's picture

Any news of Iran airlifting weapons to Yemen or breaking the Saudi naval blockade of that country? No? Then it must be Hezbollah with their nonexistent air force and navy helping them out. 

Iran backing Houthis is the story Saudi trots out to explain the embarrassing fact that they cannot subdue the Houthis even with superior American firepower. And who's America to call out the Saudi cunts on their 2.5 year long massacre anyway?

SheHunter's picture

Hah.  Good question. Sorry.  We're to busy being sidetracked by the latest FBI scandal to turn our head to what may be most important.  Perhaps that is the plan.  to which we have fallen.

TBT or not TBT's picture

But can we get that many up upvotes for ALSO removing all islamists from government?   Islam is dozens of ways incompatible with the founding law of this project in human flourishing called the USA. 

Ms No's picture

Like who Barry?  Show me the Muslims that own the money. 

TBT or not TBT's picture

KSA. The mullah’s families in Iran. That’s just a start.