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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SheHunter's picture

But he is not. (Fired).  And for a reason.  Trump is not shy about voicing his distaste of appointees.  And not shy to fire appointees.  Something is going on here.  There is a reason Sessions stays in his rank.  A disturbing reason.

Number 9's picture

time to hack some backstrap off the hanging meat..

Reaper's picture

Truth ueber government lies and Mueller process crimes.

Trump can as Chief Executive reverse the no recording policy of the FBI.  This FBI policy is not codified law and was only a dictate of J Edgar, totally reversible by Trump.   https://boingboing.net/2013/05/07/dont-ever-speak-to-the-fbi-w.html

jeff montanye's picture

this is part of a larger truth: do not talk to the police in any criminal investigation that could possibly charge you without a lawyer and a tape recording.  might just want to stop at the first fifteen words if you are in any doubt.

Nature_Boy_Wooooo's picture

We thereby hold you in contempt.

 

OhhhhhNooooooooo!!!

Illegals getting off on murder, politicians getting away with everything from stock market fraud to flat out theft from American taxpayer, using government agencies as weapons.

Meanwhile I run a stop sign and get nailed with the maximum penalty. How much longer will this shit go on before the people tear this shit down?

 

 

 

Lost in translation's picture

Yep.

Only thing you left out was DC pedophilia.

Not Too Important's picture

The ultimate truth that they will start WWIII before they are publicly exposed.

There will be blood before this is over. A lot of blood.

buzzsaw99's picture

the fbi wants to impurify our precious bodily fluids.

motoXdude's picture

Let's quadruple the dose of fluoride in the DC water system shall we?

Lost in translation's picture

Too late, I’m pissing Pepsi already.

Lost in translation's picture

Fire all FBI employees.

Reboot.

Ms No's picture

The FBI can be shrunk to 1/10 of it's size (at least probably a massive underestimate) and not one single current soul remaining as a holdover.  Seriously, anything else and we are screwed.  Also their enitire directorate needs to be changed and the bill of rights re instituted.  The CIA and NSA have to go, among many others, or liberty is as good as the dodo bird. 

TeethVillage88s's picture

What if FBI, DOJ, NSC, Pentagon, NSA, all did coordinate intelligence operations in a "Deep State" move to set up "Shia Islam" as the big Terror Threat to the world and the West...

Family Jewels type operation could be behind DHS formation and be indicative of FBI type corruption. CIA never changed from 1960s... why would FBI change from J. Edgar Hoover days... and why would CIA operations on domestic soil not be the plan of DHS Agency and NSA.

??

http://www.zerohedge.com/comment/reply/608413/10763026

Ms No's picture

DHS has to go too, completely.

Soundgardener's picture

...I think you're delusional if you think Trump's the guy to do it, btw.

Russiagate is a fabrication, so if and when Team Trump defeats it, where does that leave you? x months / years down the track:

  • One massive diversion squashed. Back to square one. Net effect: 0.
  • Perhaps a few (replacable) heads removed from their shoulders: Net effect: 0.
  • Everything slipped in 'under the radar' while MASSIVE TIME WASTAGE on Russiagate horseshit: x

Let x = oh shit.

'Drain the swamp' = 'change you can believe in' = 'you're either with us or you're with the TERR'ISSsss'

WAR WITHOUT END

Ms No's picture

Trump isn't going to do it and neither is voting.

jeff montanye's picture

trump has already done a little of it (syria) and voting got him there.  until aipac is reined in, the country needs more people to step into high level government work directly from private life, unvetted by aipac (https://www.amazon.com/Guilt-Association-Deception-Self-Deceit-America/d...)

both can be part of the solution.  so is this board and so is talking with friends.

no dynasty lasts forever and then there wasn't even an internet much less smart phones with cameras, mikes and recorders.  

Hkan's picture

All this in true democratic spirit.....

Anunnaki's picture

Is Obama still in charge?

Not Too Important's picture

Not Obama. Families across Europe pull these strings.

Families that do obscene things with children.

Inthemix96's picture

Jesus would fucking weep if he could see this charade of idiocy being played owt in front of you lot.

The entrenched machine stays in place and the 'Trump' came in offering all sorts, to all-sorts.  These cunts knew that was all they could offer to keep you lot from hanging them, like the filth they are.

They have had one year, whats changed?  The same as it ever was meant to be.

Hanged, by the neck, till dead.  Nothing, and I mean nothing changes without it.

But you know this, dont you.

;-(

Inthemix96's picture

How you doing fella?

I do hope all is well with you and yours.  Cos fuck all has changed my end mind.

;-)

Not Too Important's picture

It isn't what happens externally, it's what we decide to happen internally, and how we teach this to others.

Our time on Earth is now very short, and we need to prepare for our next reality.

Trump is doing his part, as effectively as he is allowed. The rest is up to us.

SheHunter's picture

welcome back.  Stick around 4 awhile.

motoXdude's picture

Me thinks this just might boomerang back to the Clintons!   Bring me some popcorn as I think this might be a good drama to watch unfold!

Not Too Important's picture

Not just the Clintons, the Bushes, too. All just different faces of the same Evil.

Falling Down's picture

The grandstanding coming from career Beltway types is nauseating, but typical off bureaucrats they have to justify their continued employment.

I hope that the rumors I've heard about in recent weeks are true, time to drain the swamp..

Joebloinvestor's picture

Let's see how many retire on monday.

Joebloinvestor's picture

The FBI never recovered from the Atlanta bomber fiasco.

Branded's picture

I assume you meant to leave out Ruby Ridge, 1st WTC Attack, OKC Bombing, Waco, et al?

Joebloinvestor's picture

The BULL SHIT the FBI pulled on changing the rules of engagement which resulted in someone being shot through a door and the subsequent "loss" of being able to find who changed the rules, was the BIG FUCKING RED FLAG for me.

The SHIT the FBI can and does pull goes all the way back to J.Edgar and his hate of Dr. King.

I am convinced the FBI moved MM's body the night she died.

WillyGroper's picture

"The SHIT the FBI can and does pull goes all the way back to J.Edgar and his hate of Dr. King."

 

Hoover was a mulatto, hence his hatred.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8sfF_X8fy0

Soundgardener's picture

MM?

Mickey/Minnie/Mighty Mouse?
Marilyn Monroe/Manson?
Mickey Mantle?
Mike Myers?
Michael Moore?
Mary Magdalen?
Matthew MacConaughey?
Mary Tyler Moore?
Malcolm McDowell?
Malcolm Maclaren?
Mary Stuart Masterson?
Miss Marple?
Mark McGuire?
Mister Magoo?
Michelin Man?
Moral Majority?
Manfred Mann?
Mister Miyagi*
Marshall McLuhan ("the medium is the message")
Marshall Mathers AKA 'EMINEM'
Oh yeah...M&Ms

Sorry for waxing all numerological all of a sudden, dunno what came over me**; must be the topic (spooks).

* Karate Kid:
K = 11th letter of the alphabet
ergo Karate Kid = 11:11
...and Kim/Khloe/Kourtney Karadashian = 11:11 x 3
= 36663 (666 nestled within 33 ;)

666 & 33 are both code for 9 anyway, isn't that so, Number 9? So is 23:
33 = 9:           3 x 3 = 9
666 = 9:         6+6+6 = 18; 1+8=9 (don't blame me, blame Pythagoras...)
23=9:             2/3 = .666 (see above)

What's 9 then? Here's a hint: 'Black Saturday' is the ninth song on Soundgarden's last album (actually that's three hints: 9 / black / Saturday)

** Love doesn't come in a minute, sometimes it doesn't come at all...and here I was thinking Wings was about as MOR (middle of the road) as ELO...

ebear's picture

Seriously?  This is how you spend your Sunday afternoon? 

Alright then!  Here's one for you:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPjggN-KByI

(mine's a 99)

Robert Trip's picture

The political winds have changed direction ever so slightly.

Republicans are slowly realizing that backing their President is better than attempting to thwart his every move, hence the tax bill passing.

Anti-Trump heavy hitters in the entertainment and "news" media are falling like kingpins.

18 months of shouting from the rooftops how evil Trump is are beginning to fall on deaf ears.

Our President campaigned tirelessly using his own jet and money, wearing a bullet proof vest while putting untold stress on his own family  to make a change in America happen while Clinton had more Secret Service at her stops than voters.

Never forget one thing as you weave amongst all of the negative bullshit....WE WON.

Not Too Important's picture

We won a few battles. The war is far from over. We can only pray they don't turn the world to ashes.

Locking up most of DC isn't going to stop the Evil behind the curtain, just slow it down a little.

Hulk's picture

I gave him 300 bucks too ...

Branded's picture
Uh, boys, you guys are long past that; you really need to be raiding all Deep State lettered agencies with the military.
Soundgardener's picture

Good luck with that:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQNitCNycKQ

https://isgp-studies.com/kay-griggs-colonel-george-griggs-child-sexual-a...

...do you honestly / seriously think military intelligence isn't aware what went down in Dealy Plaza on 11/22/1963?

PS: 11+ 22 = 33

Branded's picture

Good point, thanks for the links.

SWE_Misanthrope's picture

"Trump lemmings claim the "deep state" is out to get him as he continues to augment State power every day.  It's fucking hysterical." -Chris88 

 

little fucking trumpers...

 

world upsidedown

 

your reality is an inreality

your worldviews contradicts the purpose of life

the pies have an extraordinary explosive effect in your degenerated bodies

a giant shit stain on america, causing the biggest disrespectful acts to the founders who bleed and died for your rights

 

you don't deserve your freedoms.

TheLastTrump's picture

You work for the DNC, Baghdad Bob?

https://www.thoughtco.com/baghdad-bob-quotes-4068522

"There are no American infidels in Baghdad. Never!"

"My feelings, as usual, we will slaughter them all."

"Our initial assessment is that they will all die."

"No I am not scared and neither should you be!"

SWE_Misanthrope's picture

i work for less government control.

 

you work for more government control.

 

you are the enemy.

devnickle's picture

You are "Misanformed". You are one pawn in the useful idiot army. Your army only has words as weapons. Not so with the other side. Choose your heroes wisely. If you have the brainpower. 

backwaterdogs's picture

you truly are a special kind of stupid.

oncemore's picture

No single argument.

Are you from OSF of Soros?

VWAndy's picture

 Its a never ending chain yank folks. Nobody went to jail! Dance around all ya want. Nobody improtant went to jail. Its been almost a year.