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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Winston Churchill's picture

Funny thing though,the founders said nothing about muslims,but they didn't want

jews involved in govt.,and wrote so.

artichoke's picture

Jews were here at the founding.  Some WASP founders didn't want Jews in government.  But there was no violence.

There were no Muslims in government nor here at all.  Our contact was with the Barbary pirates, who were taking people as slaves including white Americans, and we had to defeat them militarily.

Jews are a part of the foundation of the country.  They were landowners and lenders then too.  Muslims are a foreign influence, and the idea of Muslims here was so ridiculous it was not even discussed.

Winston Churchill's picture

First corroborated muslim in the USA was in 1539,several notable muslims fought in the war of

1812.Uncorraborated reports of a muslim colony in the Carolinas scattered in the 1700s.

Google can be your friend,sometimes.They were well aware of muslims before the Barbary pirates.

Which makes you just an ignorant BIGOT.

artichoke's picture

So get rid of the Iran-backed Houthi invaders, and Yemen can go back to normal.

farflungstar's picture

Lol Houthis are Yemenese. Don't be a dumb Saudi cum dumpster. 

Volkodav's picture

       Houti's are on their own lands.

       get lost goat

 

jeff montanye's picture

and tbt and artichoke (and like minded watching), it isn't jews that are the problem.  it is mossad likud zionists, goy and jew, that are the problem.  they are the ones subverting the u.s. for a deeply mistaken idea of israel's best interest.  the yinon plan to balkanize the middle east and leave it warring was the motive for 9-11 which was the excuse for seven countries in five years.  bush's administration was absolutely packed with neocon mossad likud zionists, not to mention their outside collaborators like larry silverstein, alvin k. hellerstein and the dancing mossad agents in new jersey.   not a muslim to be seen, i don't believe.

it's not the religion that's the problem.  it's the treason.

 

Captain Nemo de Erehwon's picture

True about not going after major criminals but maybe they are playing 6d chess ... set the precedent for Congress issues contempt notices based on the political leaning of the Congress so that next time there is no problem with politicians shutting down an investigation.

JoeTurner's picture

Burn the FBI to the ground, it's a hopelessly corrupt cesspool

2banana's picture

"We will get that Trump with this!  Very soon!"

-- Democrats daily since 2015

Chupacabra-322's picture

The agencies that are supposed to represent the people and enforce the law have morphed into political tools to be used Against The American People. How are you going to get an agency like the FBI to investigate the Clintons when they are in on the scam? 

A score of senior and rank and file agents should have gone to prison for burning all those women and children to death in Waco.  The Clinton Administration gave those agents a pass, and in the process the Clintons purchased the undying support of the agency.  When the very tool you would use to bring down a criminal enterprise has been coopted by that enterprise, you better tread softly.

I am beginning to understand that we are at a tipping point.  People are beginning to grasp the import of agency lies about the assassination of President Kennedy.  It is clear now that the lies were not told to protect the public. 

They were told so that the coconspirators could perfect their coup.  Once the coup was completed successive generations of politicians were given the message.  That message was simple.  We the shadow government can kill anybody we choose.  Look what we did to Kennedy.  You either toe the line or you will send in the cleaners.  Those that would not kao tau to shadow rulers got to meet their John Hinckley or died under suspicious circumstances in some West Texas ranch.

( Doesn’t matter the Criminal alphabet Agencies, the Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths at the CIA have decades & Trillions invested over the decades planting “Agent Smiths” in all of them Pentagram MIC included.)

People are beginning to understand that they have been herded by acts of terrorism conducted by their own state.  The scenario of the lone shooter with spectacular marksmanship and fantastic kill rates has lost its credibility. Just another in a lone, long line of “book depository”False Flags.

Trump full well understands that he is in mortal combat with a sinister and entrenched oligarchy.  This is not their first rodeo and they are extremely dangerous.  He has to be sure of his footing before he takes his next step.  By the grace of God, he may just very well be able to pull back the curtain and expose these monsters.

If they manage to kill him, buckle up because any agency with federal in its title will have lost any claim to legitimacy.  The oligarchs tried to steal the election and that failed.  If they steal the election by killing the President, what follows next is a turkey shoot.

Tyrannical Lawlessness.
 

RAT005's picture

And 9/11 was a US gov. sanctioned attack.  Anyone with science and engineering training in different specialties can name off a short list of impossibilities associated with the official narrative.  Simply impossible.

Noktirnal's picture

Flight 93 was shot down by a North Dakota Air National Guard "Happy Hooligans" F-16. They were stationed as a tenant unit at then Langley AFB. I was an AGE technician working dispatch, and was called to pick up a weapons loader who needed transport. I picked him up, along with his missle trailer, he advised me we were goin to the "alert hangar", that is what we called the hangar where these F-16s were. I dropped him off, along with his trailer, and returned to dispatch duty. A while later, a call came over the radio to return to the "alert hangar" to retreive the weapons loader. When I arrived, the loader informed me that a jet returned short a missle, and he was going to be short one on his trailer. No one had advised him on what had happened to it. I dropped him back off at his shop where he was met by a Lt. Colonel, I assume his squadron commander, and a First Shirt. I never saw the airman to speak to him again, and I was discharged by the beginning of 2003.

jeff montanye's picture

no major parts of an airplane were found at the "crash site" near shanksville, pa. and the behavior of the ground was incredibly convenient:

http://hoodwinkedatshanksville.blogspot.com

http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/flight_93_cvr.html

Giant Meteor's picture

" It is clear now that the lies were not told to protect the public."

This has always been the case ... clear, or should have been.

The TOOLS, that is the various organ grinders of the deeep state , jockeying for position, making their bones etc. appear to be warring amongst themselves. The tools are expendable, as new tools are always ready, willing and able to step on in  as replacement ..  

There are no good guy's, no white hats in the present melodrama. Only dirt, dirty, and dirtier ..

Hell, it's not even a search for the cleanest dirty shirt at this point .. there aren't any ..

Moe Howard's picture

I visited Waco aka "The Branch Davidian Compound" about two weeks ago. Church rebuilt, memorial at gate and some by the new Church [built on the foundation of the old church]. Other than the "swimming pool" and some metal scraps from the school bus that was buried as a tunnel, there is nothing but some concrete pads from the original structures.

Here is one memorial I found interesting, my photo.

https://s17.postimg.org/g54bhspof/Waco-002.jpg

Definitely the scene of a crime against humanity.

Although I have and had no love for David Koresh and believe he was deluded, I would like to make the following statement anyway.

Over two thousand years ago TPTB killed Jesus for saying he was the savior.

During the Clinton Administration, TPTB killed David Koresh for saying he was the savior.

They also claimed "child abuse". The FBI solved the "child abuse" problem by incinerating 18 children 10 years old or younger, with the help of the US Army "Delta Force".

knukles's picture

I met a ret. military chap who was part of the raid; cashed out shortly thereafter. 
NFW were he gonna fight civilians "like that anymore".
Had always been told (ordered) to STFU and had just had it.

Not Too Important's picture

Jesus was killed because he ended the 'Jewish supremacy narrative' and started to attract more 'believers' in a new narrative.

It's been war between the two camps ever since.

Here's a question for my downvoters. Yahweh of the Torah/Old Testament required Blood Sacrifice. The God of the New Testament didn't. What happened?

spacemonkey99's picture

I will attempt to answer.  Old testament blood sacrifice and all the other laws in the Old Testament were demanded by God to obtain righteousness before Him.  Righteousness in the OT requires absolute adherence to all these laws.  Man simply falls short on this path as no man can ever follow all these laws.

There was just one who did.  Jesus.  He fulfilled all laws in OT and every scrutiny and temptation placed up Him.  He was scorned by his people and ultimately killed for this unprecedented action.  

The Good News for the New Testament is Jesus has fulfilled this eternal gap between God and man.  All OT law is fulfilled through those that believe in Jesus as their savior.

Hence no need for blood sacrifice A.D.

Not Too Important's picture

Which laws? The Ten Commandments, which were plagiarized from the Babylonian Hammurabi Code, or the laws the Jews set for themselves in the Mishnah and the Talmud to explain their superiority over the goyim?

Jesus didn't fulfill any plagiarized/invented Torah laws. He said to love God and love your neighbor, and spent the rest of his short life walking the walk.

Yahweh was a blood-thirsty savage 'god' of a nomadic people that plagiarized and sacrificed as they went.

And 2,000 A.D., they're ready to incinerate the world if they don't get to run everything.

Between 1917 and roughly 1989, 66+ million almost entirely Christian Russians and Eastern Europeans were killed by Jews in the Soviet Union. They clearly wanted to kill hundreds of millions more.

Can anyone name one single Jewish person in that 72 year time period of Jewish on Christian genocide who stood up and said that was a bad thing? Just one?

DosZap's picture

YHWH is the same GOD as the GOD of Abraham,the I AM.JEHOVAH.Jesus said the three greatest commandments where to Love GOD with all you heart,mind,soul and body,Love your neighbor as YOURSELF(that means exactly the same)And, lastly Believe on ME,as GOd's ONLY begotten Son of God.(because the Father sent HIM.

spacemonkey99's picture

Ten commandments and Definitely not talking about the Torah and/or talmud.  Hebrews killed Jesus and Talmud is full of vileness about Him. He basically destroyed the jewish society so they are a little sore on the subject.  

Not sure where you got the idea the Ten Commandments were plagiarized, though perhaps Wikipedia says that.  The Ten Commandments were given to Moses by God,  according to the Bible.  Jews never followed them, Jesus did.  All of them all the time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WillyGroper's picture

"During the Clinton Administration, TPTB killed David Koresh for saying he was the savior."

 

That compound was an off shoot of Seventh Day Adventists.  I believe the above comment was nothing more than their twisted justification for a human roast.

There's a good docu on it.

spacemonkey99's picture

Like the photo, moving.  That was a tragedy of epic proportion.  I still remember seeing that place go up like a torch.  Absolutely deranged what happened there.  That was pretty much satanic how it was handled by .gov

Things have gone down hill since that time so who know? Only God.

 

Dilluminati's picture

"were discovered in his communications to a fellow FBI officer, with whom he had an extramarital affair."

I'd like to know more about this?  Was it an hr investiagtion into the relationship which was the origin of this information?  Was this done on GFE (government furnished equipment?)  Or was this effectively a violation of a gag order on an ongoing grand jury investigation?   Which of the two was the rational for the comments becoming relevant and actionable?

The only part of all of this I don't understand is in what context these texts were made public?

jeff montanye's picture

well i kind of don't understand what kind of genius counterintelligence professional has an extramarital affair, i assume mrs. strzok (or did she keep her, certainly more easily said and spelled, name?) is not ok with the fbi agents fucking each other, then texts firing (ok demotion to human resources, fine line) offenses monitored by the nsa to his honey?  

if this is our top of the line, putin must be gagging with laughter (and popcorn).

CosmoJoe's picture

Time to clean house at the DOJ and FBI.  People need to be doing hard time in federal pound-you-in-the-ass prison.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Investigations, probes.?

Nothing short of

Arrest.

Indictments.

Enprisonment

Trial.

And,

Execution for Crimes Against Humanity & Crimes Against the American People will suffice.

You would think the Criminal Law Enforcement Agencies would want to get back to good standing with the American People. However, whatever trust, loyalty & respect the American People had for them has been squandered.
And, they only have themselves to blame for not arresting, indicting, enprisoning & Executing Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopath Hillary Clinton and others.

Fuck Them!

And, their

Tyrannical Lawlessness.

JohninMK's picture

We see reports here on ZH of thousands of sealed indictments being issued but not much on what case. Being English I didn't know what they meant so looked them up, as per below quote. What if there is a Grand Jury beavering away in the background on this, rather than say paedophilia, and the US is heading for a huge onslaught on the swamp coming out of the blind side?

 

A sealed indictment is an indictment kept from the public for a period of time until it is released. An indictment is a felony accusation issued by a grand jury against a suspect in a crime.

Indictments

Indictments are issued after a jury determines that there is probable cause for guilt against an individual suspected of committing a felonious crime. Determination of guilt is based on evidence submitted by a public prosecutor such as witness testimony or physical evidence found at the scene of a crime.

Sealed Indictments

Sealed indictments are issued by magistrates presiding over felony cases. A magistrate who orders an indictment to be sealed demands that it be kept secret until a specified time. Only those responsible for issuing a warrant against a suspect are made aware of an indictment while it is sealed.

Reasons an Indictment is Sealed

Indictments are sometimes sealed until the suspect is apprehended. Authorities may not want a suspect to know of the indictment in order to make apprehending him easier. Authorities also may want to keep an indictment out of the media spotlight for as long as possible.

IridiumRebel's picture

Kill it! Kill it with Fire!!!!

Anderson Coopers Gerbil's picture

The Leibstandarte Hillary Clinton.  FBI 

Lost in translation's picture

Good one!

What do we then call 2nd SS - Trans Reich?

buzzsaw99's picture

there needs to a purge of the entire fbi hierarchy.  every last one of them is tainted with clinton dna.

Pigeon's picture

Clinton-Holder-Lynch-Obama DNA

plus some dabs of RINO swamp-creature. Hency letting Sandy Burglar off the hook and no consequences to anyone re: 911 (No consequences other than destruction of 4th Amendment and privacy, I mean.)

buzzsaw99's picture

for 16 years of clinton obama the fbi didn't do jack shit except to help cover up crimes.  then, after trump gets in the white house they switch into hyperactive over nothing.  clearly the fbi is totally political, totally commie.

jeff montanye's picture

let's be fair: 24 years of clinton, bush, obama.  

my goodness, the fellow delegated 9-11 and the global war on terrorism.  

that's a manager.

I am Groot's picture

When you say purge,you really mean "woodchipper", right ?

brain_glitch's picture

That's a show I would watch.

jeff montanye's picture

foot first to the knee, then other foot.  while we are fantasizing.

Pigeon's picture

I keep asking myself why Sessions hasn't fired every MF-er in that place. At least at the top.

Lost in translation's picture

Sessions is an epic dolt, total failure.

Fire him, too.

buzzsaw99's picture

sessions is a clinton-bush commie.

Not Too Important's picture

No one gets into the Senate without photos. No one put up a fight about Rand Paul like they are with Moore. Moore might be the first one without photos.

God save the Republic.

jeff montanye's picture

in his defense rand paul ranked last in acceptance of zionist money.

if there are pictures, he probably regrets them.

unlike, say, biden who i would believe trades them (likes the rookie years best).

xcct's picture

Well now I read on twitter that Sessions was briefed on Uranium One AT THE TIME when is was in the Senate.  No wonder he's not so hot on appointing a special counsel.  He's part of the swamp.

Not Too Important's picture

If that's true this country is going to go ballistic. He never should have taken the job.

Yee haw, MoFo's!