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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I am Groot's picture

So it looks like we all figured out how to stage a soft coup.Kanckles forgot to mention that in her toilet top book. First you infiltrate the top of the FBI,CIA,and NSA with lots of flunkies. Second control the mainstream media to brain wash the public with total bullshit and disinformation. Then throw some wild rumors around about collusion with the Russians and golden showers. Seems to be going pretty well. They just forgot about one tiny detail. The 3% will kill every traitor. All of them.

TheLastTrump's picture

You forgot another detail.

Russian interference in our elections is ongoing.

The same way we interfered in the Ukraine.

Don't piss in another cats litter box.

Some dude in here last night said ZH itself was a GRU operation. :)

"Russia has deployed these strategies around the globe.

Its 2008 war with Georgia, another former Soviet republic, relied on a mix of both conventional and cyber-attacks, as did the 2014 invasion of Crimea. Both began with civil unrest sparked via digital and social media – followed by tanks.

Finland and Sweden have experienced near-constant Russian information operations.

Russian hacks and social media operations have also occurred during recent elections in Holland, Germany, and France.

Most recently, Spain’s leading daily, El País, reported on Russian meddling in the Catalonian independence referendum. Russian-supported hackers had allegedly worked with separatist groups, presumably with a mind to further undermining the EU in the wake of the Brexit vote."

"Fake news and botnets: how Russia weaponised the web

The digital attack that brought Estonia to a standstill 10 years ago was the first shot in a cyberwar that has been raging between Moscow and the west ever since"

bkboy's picture

Western democracies are not "under attack" by Russian spies.  Rather, the glue that held them together --- oligarchic control of all the institutional authorities in such democracies (the miliary, the press, corporate boardrooms and all government bureaucracies) --- is dissolving from the drip, drip, drip of real news now available from thousands of real witnesses around the world.   It has been these truthful revelations ---- the DNC emails, the Bengazi witnesses, Chelsea Manning's videos, the Abu Grahib photos, Snowden's wistleblowing, the videos of excessive police violence --- that have the establishment on its heels demanding somebody's head.  Putin's is the most useful because blaming him gives the oligarchy the political cover to do what it has wanted to do since the Al Gore invented the internet: control it.  And bringing in Democrats to support the deep state's crackdown is a master stroke, since the only non "tin-foil" opponents of the deep state have traditional come from only the Democratic Party.

Soundgardener's picture

Capitalist Elites Funded the Bolshevik Revolution [Professor Antony Sutton]

Short version:

Long version:

Antony Sutton was born in London in 1925 and educated at the universities of London, Gottingen and California. He became a United States citizen in 1962. He was a Research Fellow at the prestigious HOOVER INSTITUTE OF WAR, REVOLUTION AND PEACE, where he produced the monumental three-volume study, Western Technology and Soviet Economic Development. Dr. Sutton was a prolific writer whose scholarly works include Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution and Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler. His book, Trilaterals Over Washington was the first book to be published on the Trilateral Commission.

Sutton reveals the untold story of how a group comprising the very richest men in the world, located one block off Wall Street in New York (120 S. Broadway) in a building owned by General DuPont, secretly financed the 1917 revolution of Lenin and Trotsky. Then in his work, Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler, Sutton details how this same group of monopoly capitalists financed and supplied both the leftist state of Russia and the rightist state of Germany and clashed them in war for profit.

Hulk's picture

and being found in comtempt of congress means what ??? Didnt seem to effect Holder at all...

Not Too Important's picture

Holder is a player in UraniumOne. His turn is coming up.

FoggyWorld's picture

And now Holder is a partner in the law firm that naive Michael Flynn is using!

TheLastTrump's picture

Does Congress have teeth, suddenly?

All those people working for .gov who got up there and pled the 5th....and then went back to work.

Pleading the 5th is an admission of guilt motherfuckers....HELLO.

sheikurbootie's picture

It's a sad state of affairs.  The 8 years of the magical negro damn near killed America as we knew it.  Liberalism is a disease.

We need to start the federal layoffs of 20-30% as soon as possible.  They've had time to identify the liberals, let them start the firing process.  We trust our leaders to take charge and right the ship.  They need to start soon.

Oh, on another note.  DACA will not be legislated in time.  Adios, illegals.  Trump will get his wall funded this month or Shumer and Pelosi will be held accountable for a government shutdown WITHOUT back pay as in years past. 

You read it here first.

TeethVillage88s's picture

Why does this guy look related to Robert Mueller?!

A source familiar with the matter confirmed the reports Strzok was transferred to the human resources department over the politically charged text messages.

Strzok played a key role in the FBI investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, the papers said.

During that probe and the 2016 presidential election, Strzok and an FBI colleague exchanged texts that disparaged then-Republican candidate Donald Trump and favored Clinton, his Democratic rival, the Washington Post said. The newspapers did not disclose details of the text messages.

"The matter came up during a review that the Justice Department launched into the FBI’s decision to announce an inquiry into Clinton’s emails shortly before the November presidential election. "

FoggyWorld's picture

Think a congress person or two ought to ask Christopher Wray just what in God's name is Strzok doing in the FBI Human Resources Department - the place harassed and whistleblowers often go to seek guidance.

Nice that Wray thinks we the taxpayers should continue to pay this creep who belongs out on the street.

USA USA's picture

My ONLY question is, "who the fuck is in charge of the DOJ, FBI, ect?"

Does Howdy Doody (Sesions) come to mind?

FoggyWorld's picture

No, because he is sleeping.  Seems as if Rosenstein is in charge of everything.

devnickle's picture

A.F.T. (About Fucking Time)

tlnzz's picture

Trump made a mistake not getting rid of ALL of the democratic holdovers from Obamas years.

Dilluminati's picture

While Strzok’s removal from the Mueller team had been publicly reported in August, the Justice Department never disclosed the anti-Trump texts to the House investigators. The denial of access to Strzok was instead predicated, sources said, on broad "personnel" grounds.

I'm wondering why the guy was removed?  If it was to not make him available to congress then that is a problem, if it was due to cointel HR looking into a relationship between two members of that Cointel staff.. routine.. and almost (after the fact the messages an issue?)  I wonder if the messages were discovered on personal devices or were these communicated on FBI equipment?  

if anybody gets any clarification upon this let me know..  If it was an HR investigation or "broader" HR issue, id be interested in knowing when this was initiated?  I'd like to understand the timeframe better


That turned out to be 12 days after DOJ and FBI had made Strzok available to the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is conducting its own parallel investigation into the allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

fulliautomatix's picture

Well, he was fraternising. Did the other fraterniser get the boot too?

Anunnaki's picture

Hey Donald, stop tweet8mg and start firing Obamatards en masses

thebigunit's picture

You underestimate him.  He can do both at the same time.

Hey Donald, stop tweet8mg and start firing Obamatards en masses

Chaos_Theory's picture

Who watches the watchmen?


Cloud9.5's picture

We do but it takes a century or more for the scales to fall from our eyes.   The whole country is pissed.  Just like last time, there are two distinct narratives with lots of followers.

Lost in translation's picture

PACAF Forces need to be re-tasked.

Instead of running exercises simulating war with DPRK, they need to run exercises simulating air strikes on Washington, DC/New York City.

TheLastTrump's picture

Sure, because killing our own people is always preferable.

North Korea attacked the south and the US went there and kicked some serious Nork & Chicom ass. They had a zero mile supply line & couldn't shake us off or take South Korea.

Think about it.

They're fucking petrified of us, for good reason.

Americans are the baddest motherfuckers in the Valley, and everyone knows it. :)

Lost in translation's picture

I’m just not qualified to help you with your deep-seated traumas and psychological issues.


frontierland's picture

(((Rosenstein))) the house Jew, doing the bidding for the Anti-White Oligarchy.

TheLastTrump's picture

Comey & Mueller are bigger problems then Rosenhuffer, but you're saying it's special because he's a problem AND a fucking Jew.

So you & math are not very well acquainted.

Clearly (((you turds))) spewing your special ed anti Semitic garbage are foreign to thinking for yourselves.

Your fearless peerless leader says you're....

“This reminds me of anti-Semitism,” Putin said. “The Jews are to blame for everything. An idiot cannot do anything himself, so the Jews are to blame. But we know what such attitudes lead to. They end with nothing good.”

SRV's picture

The word antisemitism should carry a 6 month sentence for any who use it in public against an individual!

ebear's picture

Doesn't quite jive with the official narative:

But keep repeating it.  Clearly you know how that works.

TheLastTrump's picture

Mr. Nunes had his nutsack adjusted a few months back. We'll see if he regrew them.

Bobportlandor's picture

Nunes, explained that Attorney General Jeff Sessions would not be a target of any contempt action by the committee because he recused himself from any investigation into charges

So that's why Sessions recused himself and by doing so it left the Dems holding the bag.

I dindu nuffin.


FoggyWorld's picture

The only person who can get rid of Sessions is President Donald J. Trump.

Fishthatlived's picture

Wonder if Strzok is Chindit.

TheLastTrump's picture

He's a closet Jew.

Must be, it all adds up.

Dickweed Wang's picture

This whole thing stinks to high heaven and just proves once again that the FBI and the DOJ are way too often involved in shady stuff to protect, or advance he agenda's of, the ruling cabal - whoever that may be.  They are certainly not working in the interests of the people half the time.

artichoke's picture

Is it McCabe (old FBI director) or Wray (new one) they're threatening with contempt?  The quote says Wray, the article says McCabe.


Anyway, didn't they already have "documentation" that the probe is biased?  The lawyers on it have mostly worked for  Dems, contributed money to them, represented them, etc.  Why is this new evidence suddenly different or even needed?

FreeNewEnergy's picture

sheik, I hope you are right about DACA and the wall.

I know you are right about firing 20-30% of federal employees. Worthless mouth-breathers, most of them (95%).

teslacoil's picture

Especially the fucking postal employees who are sick demented, overpaid fucks who steal our mail.

50% reduction and 65% reduction in pay/benefits.

Zero-Hegemon's picture

Nunes grabs the FBI by the pussy and Strzok's it very hard

RedDwarf's picture

Go Trump!  This is WAY overdue.  These organizations no longer act as servants to the executive and legislative branches of elected government, but as unelected independent arms of government.  Time for that to stop.

TheLastTrump's picture

I know it's a slow Sunday, Trump is winning bigly so the leftists are depressed & lethargic. At least, that's today's excuse. :)

So here's a bone to help generate clicks.

I know it's off topic....go fuck yourself.

"Netanyahu at Saban Forum: Iran, Like Nazi Germany, Has 'Ruthless Commitment to Murdering Jews'

Netanyahu tells Saban Forum in D.C. that half of Middle East believes that their respective countries could benefit from Israel ties "

Fuck Iran, fuck the Basij militia, and fuck the prick that shot Neda.

Gold Banit's picture

80% of the blacks voted for Hillary

80% of the blacks did not finish high school

80% of the blacks are unemployed and they don't want to work

80% of the crime in the USA is caused by blacks

80% of the black players in the NFL have a criminal record

80% of the blacks don't know who their daddy is


teslacoil's picture

All races were created by different Alien species, which are as different as humans are.

The black Alien was sent here as punishment for having sex with a white woman, robbing banks, welfare fraud, drug dealing, knocking off churches, evading a military draft, protesting shit, and creating music that promotes evil, etc, etc.

He merely seeded his genes thousands of years ago and thus the chain continues.

MadHatt's picture

The FBI should be deemed a 'Criminal Orginization' by Canadian law.


Im sure it fits for most countries... how bad does it have to get before some laws are applied to this?

King of Ruperts Land's picture

In the states they have "the People". Cattle rustlers eventually get hung. You'll see.

williambanzai7's picture

Oh my, not the comfy chair!

thebigunit's picture

Sounds like the Trumpsters may have harpooned a few swamp critters.

Now they just needs to get them in the boat and whack them a few times with a marlinspiike or a lead weight..

Why Bother's picture

Boo hoo. The arrogant, narcissistic, unstable character of Trump is Trump's own fault. Republicans who support the groper in chief are only making things worse for the Republican Party. And no, I did not vote, I never voted for any democrat either. Just get real and ask yourself if you'd like a Democrat who is an arrogant, unstable narcissist to be the ruler. I did not like Obama one minute of those 8 years either.

ThankUGartman's picture

Why don't these whacko assasians ever make a trip to D.C. and go straight to the source of the problem..oh yah MK Ultra programming won't let them. CIA tools

dot_bust's picture

At this point, it's inexplicable for Mueller to continue his investigation, which is clearly politically motivated.

The now-discredited "dossier" is nothing more than an opposition research document whose conclusions are based on completely false information.

The fact that Hillary Clinton and the DNC funded the creation of the "dossier" should negate the use of it and thus Mueller's entire investigation of Trump.

It's also clear that the FBI and DOJ have becom political weapons and have ceased to serve any useful purpose.