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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Moe Howard's picture

Why are these four {McCabe & Rosenstien & Page & Strzok} not suspended without pay pending firing; charged with the appropriate crimes under the RICO act?

Inquiring Minds Want to Know!

 

I continue to be ENTERTAINED!

Collectivism Killz's picture

The alt right is cruel and vicious. Why can't you all just leave the FBI, Hillary, the DNC and John Podesta alone? So what, they covered up some criminal activities and have some kids locked in various basements, but who hasn't made mistakes in their life? The Clinton foundation has improved the lives of thousands of millionaires, oligarchs and Arab rulers. Doesn't that at least count for something with you people?

FakeTapper's picture

Trump doesnt give a fucks

I support that

 

 

teslacoil's picture

Contract with the Crazy Fat Kid to take out FBI HDQTRS.

 

novictim's picture

And why is AG Jeff Sessions not firing the FBI head?

Boonster's picture

He's a meek and mild girly man with little cojones. 

USA USA's picture

Better Question:

Why is that do noting piece of shit still AG????????

Start at the top Donald.....

RumpleShitzkin's picture

This certainly gives Sessions carte blanche to pass out pink slips to all and sunder.

Let's see if he takes that opportunity. 

Fire up the polygraph, while your at it and get them under oath before the interrogation. This process crime shit can cut hard both ways.

RICKYBIRD's picture

Absolutely. Everyone in a Government security job should be subject to a polygraphy exam, or the threat of one, every 6 months.

FoggyWorld's picture

Sessions just won't do what you are asking and that is why he has to be fired.

Avichi's picture

Looks , like a  GOP (Grand Old Party) has atlast developed some Chutzpah, these old  Senators and Congressman boys and girls  need to start getting their Chutzpah back or else the DEEP STATE will devor them and hang them by their BALLS and CLITORIS.   GOP Senators and Congressman-- William Banzai...has a excellent poster for you to look at ,, grow some of this... https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4569/38808309731_9b5fba3752_m.jpg

WHERE THE F**** is that OLD AG JEFF SESSION... DID HE FALL ASLEEP AGAIN ? PAGING JEFF SESSION

 

 

WE THE PEOPLE WATCH FOR SOME FLASE FLAG , IF THIS GOP MOVES TO DISMANTLE "DEEP STATE"

 

PAGING PATSY  OF THE WORLD...PAGING PATSY'S of the WORLD...STEP UP ... DEEP STATE WANTS YOU

Inthemix96's picture

I have posted once on this thread, this one is for 'Not Too Important', smashing poster, very intelligent, and comes across as a really nice human being.

I read your reply to me my friend, and you are correct.  It will end when we as a collective decide it ends.  It wont come from a bought and paid for puppet that you all know voting for would allow.  Donald trump was put there by the powers that be, or thought they do, to salve the masses, nothing more, but you know that, singing to the choir no doubt.

And that brings me to your handle.  Yes you are, yes you are indeed.  You are important, and more so, you are legion.  You wouldnt converse with this fucking idiot mixy if you were not.  You crossed a sea withowt knowing you did so.  You influenced more than a thousand minds with the truth.  You did this withowt knowing how powerful one mind can be.

Its been a pleasure knowing you all.

Bunch of inglorious bastards what you are.

;-)

JustPastPeacefield's picture

The top law enforcement agency in the country is corrupt: to - the - core.

Is that okay with Republicans in Congress? Being openly mocked? 

Guess so, because Mueller is still there. Until he's fired, Congress is a joke.

There needs to be a mass firing at the FBI.

 

joeyusa's picture

JUST MIGHT BE TIME FOR OUR MILITARY TOO STEP IN TAKE CONTROL AND CLEAN OUT THESE MAGGOTS-  

dirty fingernails's picture

Washing dishes with dog shit cleans nothing.

CAPT DRAKE's picture

Be very fucking careful what you wish for.   

dirty fingernails's picture

No shit. Why do people seem to think the military are some beneficial force? Jesus Christ, just look at the fucking rape stats. They rape the FUCK out of other *male* soldiers much less the females and it ain't just low rank doing it. Do you think all that heroin flying out of Afghanistan isn't known by the CO? How about Pat Tillman? How aboit our SF training and fighting beside ISIS. Where do you think Academi gets their psycho killers?

drgizmo's picture

it may have happened at CIA already ..DOD / DIA  or CIA ..who ...what is your winner 

“Rebellion to tyranny is obedience to God.”-ThomasJefferson's picture

Mueller is dirty, as is Comey and Rosenstein.

FBI is and always was the goon squad of the establishment ruling elite.

McCain is dirty, as is Lindsay Graham.

Hillary, Bill, and Chelsea Clinton are dirty.

W Bush and Cheney are dirty.

NSA eavesdrops illegally.

CIA is the agency most get their news from.

Israel and Saudi Arabia literally control and dictate US foreign policy.

Don't act surprised.

Judges are corrupt.

Congress is a lost cause.

On the bright side....

Trump is in the White House.

Criminal rapists throughout hollyweird and congress are being outed and hopefully imprisoned.

Conservative judges are being appointed to positions by POTUS Trump and the half assed rino senate.

The media is exposed as corrupt.

Trump is in the White House.

Melania is the First Lady.

Trump is the POTUS

MAGA

JustPastPeacefield's picture

"Israel and Saudi Arabia literally control and dictate US foreign policy."

 

And one of these two attacked the US on 9-11, and the corrupt elites don't want you to know about it. Hint: it's the one Obama would bow to whenever he visited. 

dirty fingernails's picture

You mean the same one that #1 SIL keeps visiting and the one Trump went to first or second?

FoggyWorld's picture

Then Trump better get ready to get rid of Sessions because only the President can do that:  Congress can't.

And smarter lawyers than Ty Cobb should be looking at how to also fire Rosenstein and McCabe.  And if Wray wants to keep his job, he is going to have wake up and participate in cleaning out what is now his swamp.

drgizmo's picture

Jeff sessions is the perfect "catch the fire patriot " ..this is about timing ...just a few more steps into the kill zone 

joeyusa's picture

WHERE ARE THE DEDICATED FBI AGENTS WHO WILL COME FORWARD AS WHISTLE BLOWERS AND BLOW THE FEW CORRUPT GROUP WIDE OPEN

JoseyWalesTheOutlaw's picture

It appears the good folks were purged during Buckwheat Obama's 8 years.

 

You can tell Comey as of today has No Fear of being jailed due to his neve ending tweets. Could Mueller have already given him a deal at this point? 

drgizmo's picture

the DOD can go "Extra-judicial"  on their ass ... they will just disapear ...Getmo is DOD

enough of this's picture

They're still in the break room of the J. Edgar Hoover Building bitching and moaning about Comey. Listen to them complaining about Comey the day he exonerated Clinton.

http://investmentwatchblog.com/fbi-agents-privately-discuss-comeys-state...

drgizmo's picture

Guarding their pensions and careers with their life 

Bondo's picture

looks like the house has decided its hard to kick against the pricks

Bricker's picture

So this is how an illegal investigation ends?

enough of this's picture

What exactly has Christopher Wray done since he became FBI Director last August other than stonewall Congress and Judicial Watch?

novictim's picture

Was it the FBI that chose to keep a private and unsecured email server so as to avoid FOIA requests? No, it was Hillary Clinton who did that.  Was it the FBI that chose to use this server for classified and sensitive intelligence related emails? Nope.  Hillary.

Do you blame the gun for the murder or do you blame the perpetrator who pulled the trigger?

Comey's 50 minute non-indictment indictment of Hillary Clinton has been explained by Comey on numerous occasions. He did what he did to both cover his ass and to ensure that his pick for President, Hillary Clinton, was not indicted for reckless and inexcusable breaches of national security protocols.

Comey gave a nationally covered explanation for why he HAD TO reopen the investigation when yet MORE supposedly missing emails were retrieved from ANTHONY WIENER'S laptop! Do you have a faulty memory or something?

Again, all of this evidence was requested by the FBI and Hillary was responsible for releasing it. That she did not and that it came to light when it did is on her.

But what all of this latest information about Strzok has revealed is that the FBI chose a "Never Trumper" and a person politically "in the bag" for Hillary to be responsible for the investigation of Hillary's mishandling of national intelligence documents/emails. And worse, they let this same biased person shepherd the fabricated Steele Dossier into becoming the grounds for wiretapping and surveilling the Trump Team and, ultimately, becoming the grounds for the Mueller special counsel investigation of our sitting President.

YOU SHOULD BE OUTRAGED. It says a lot about your character if you are not.

    

JoseyWalesTheOutlaw's picture

We're coming to The CrossRoads. Wray was selected by The Donald so why hasn't he taken COMPLETE charge of his people? Jeff Sessions was selected by The Donald as well so why hasn't he taken charge of Rosenstein?  

To be continued....

Wigglesworth's picture

Yeah right.  Republicans couldn't fight their way out of a wet paper bag.

shadow54's picture

This is a Conspiracy to Overthrow the President and here's how.

Today with the deep news of FBI corruption we see how the special counsel came about.
Rod Rosenstein sent Trump a letter telling him to fire Comey.
Trump did so.
Comey then called for a special counsel, not knowing Rosenstein and Mueller had simply used him as a fired dupe to get Mueller into the job.
Rosenstein thru Mueller is now trying to accuse Trump of Obstruction for firing a person he told him to fire.

It has come out that the Clinton Email Investigation and the Dossier FBI investigation that led to a FISA warrant to spy on the Trump team were corrupt operations. Both used pro Hillary lead FBI investigator Pete Strzok, and in the dossier, Kremlin disinformation to spy on Trump and try to impeach him..
Rosenstein, the FBI and Mueller all tried to cover this up. And are still doing so because all three of them are part of a Conspiracy to Impeach the President of the United States.

What's more, as Congress moves farther into this it will be proven that the FBI used the dossier to start this investigation meaning the whole thing is rooted in corruption.

The race is now on. The Democrats are trying to shut down the Congressional Committees to stop more being uncovered. Mueller is racing to get enough to impeach Trump before more is uncovered. The Conspirators are now operating on a time window. They must bring charges on Trump and shut down investigations before their Conspiracy is exposed.

RumpleShitzkin's picture

i agree, but from the looks of it, the conspirators are coming up dry. 

I think the hook was set a while back and they are just letting out more line and letting them rack up more crimes along the way.

Every step of the way, when the "#Resistance side thinks they have a leg up, they keep getting smacked down harder.

Every Single Time.

That's coming from someone that's never been accused of being an optimist.

 

NoPension's picture

Trump was 110% correct when he accused Obama of "wiretapping " him.

I read also, that the White House was wired top to bottom,also. And that's why Trump spent so much time at TT or Mar a lago in the first couple of months....while they debugged that joint.

I hope he burns this cabal to the lug nuts.

JoeTurner's picture

Trump &Flynn are waiting for the right moment to strike...the battlespace is being prepared to burn down the DNC cabal

drgizmo's picture

that is done ..you can NOT cheat and steal the primary more than half your voters ... by "contract"

and expect the voters to ever trust you again ..NO they well and truly fried 

Boxed Merlot's picture

...the battlespace is being prepared to burn down the DNC cabal...

That may be, but the fact the "DNC" has a considerable following in the south due to the historical "Republican" carpetbagger status will allow for a foreseeable support for their constituency to oppose petulant oil interests that appear to retard their development into useful, productive and valuable persons to be reckoned with, a la recent OK election results.

Now is not the time for persons depending on the power of the rule of law to rest on their laurels.

jmo.

falak pema's picture

Nope, its called a self fulfilling prophecy; I have mentioned that all too often about Pax Americana's fall from pedestal.

And the Duck is the Iconic manifestation of that American Hubris now coming home to roost; a Nerotic EMperor caught in a downward spiral. 

Give a man enuff rope to hang himself and he will Tweet his head off to say : Fake News, I'm Potus, I run the world and I'll blow Rocketman into the Ocean.  

See the movie of Hitchkock on that theme : Rope! Or Stangers on a Train...Same give-away.

We have a prime example of that Syndrome in the Duck, the man who will bring down the House of American Atreus.

This Congress is a mad hatter's ball ! Going nOwhere! 

So there is no replacement and dat is worse than a Hitchcockian movie; no happy end.

11th_Harmonic's picture

+1 for an interesting perspective of current events; however, all of this theater only started to make sense to me once I realized that the Constitution was rendered impotent well over a century and one-half ago.

drgizmo's picture

or they just slap run out of currency ... and gov will just  ... collapse...then economic collapse follows ...  wont take much now ....

 

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

OT anther part of the resistance linked to FBI and DOJ obuma hold overs PR inc..just back from our local library..new books in non fiction, on how alt right and Trump have brought conservatives and even the whole country to the brink of disaster..

some female prog reporter on her 500 day coverage of Trumps win..she was scared and alt right tried bribes and threats ,met her with derision rained down on her meak honest reporting..Trump called her wait for it..fake news

the left is producing multiple books on the Trump destruction of American..NYT lip wrist writers and faux conserative writers falling all over themselves to claim dooom on american liberty..

urinating on the books in the bath room was my bad.

Mzhen's picture

I am beginning to think that Andrew McCabe (top) and Rod Rosenstein (bottom) are colluding.  Could it be?

RumpleShitzkin's picture

as in...Andy Pitches, Rod catches?

wouldnt surprise me.

 

Heroic Couplet's picture

Republicans can't get through their thick dumb skills that the Benghazi hearings produced zero indictments.