House Republicans prepare contempt of Congress action against FBI, DOJ for hiding info on anti-Trump FBI investigator

On Saturday, Bloomberg reported that House Republicans are preparing a contempt of Congress resolution against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray, accusing them of withholding material related to the Russia-Trump probes.

According to the Daily Caller, the agencies are accused of hiding details about why a top FBI investigator was removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the presidential campaign.

“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,” said California Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

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The action stems from the agencies’ failure to sufficiently comply with an Aug. 24 committee subpoena demanding “an explanation of Peter Strzok’s dismissal from the Mueller probe.”

The Daily Caller added:

Nunes set a Monday deadline for the DOJ and FBI to comply with the committee’s list of demands, which includes requests for interviews with Rosenstein, Wray, and deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe as well as documents related to the anti-Trump dossier written by former British spy Christopher Steele.

Committee Republicans have tried in vain for months to force the DOJ and FBI to provide details of the Russia investigation, including how much it relied on the uncorroborated dossier to form the basis of its probe.

But the final straw for Nunes appears to be the bombshell revelation that FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok was kicked off of Mueller’s team over the summer after it was discovered that he exchanged anti-Trump text messages with his mistress, an FBI lawyer named Lisa Page who also worked on Mueller’s team.

“Republicans, including the president, pointed to the reports as evidence that the entire probe into Russian meddling has been politically motivated,” Bloomberg said.

“Now it all starts to make sense,” Trump said on Twitter Sunday.

“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,” Nunes said.

“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,” he added.

Strzok, the Daily Caller said, “oversaw the Hillary Clinton email probe as well as the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government.”

He is also the FBI agent who interviewed Clinton during her July 2, 2016 meeting with the FBI. “Then-FBI Director James Comey announced three days later that he would be recommending that charges not be filed against Clinton for mishandling classified information,” Chuck Ross said.

Nunes said in the statement the committee will move on a resolution by the end of the month unless its demands are “fully met” by the close of business December 4.

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