With new signs that special counsel Robert Mueller is pursuing an obstruction of justice case against President Donald Trump, Republicans in Congress have ramped up their own investigation of the Justice Department’s and FBI’s handling of inquires into President Trump’s alleged ties to Russia.
On Tuesday, there were several dramatic developments in the Kremlin saga. These new developments show that Attorney General Jeff Sessions was recently interviewed by Mueller. Sessions was the first Cabinet official known to be questioned in the investigation. The New York Times reported that James Comey, former FBI director, was also interviewed by Mueller.
Republicans thwarted momentum, created by Mueller, by leveling new charges of political bias and even potential criminal misconduct against the nation’s top law enforcement agencies.
The Chairman of the House Committee that oversees the Justice Department and FBI, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), alleged an anti-Trump “conspiracy” perpetrated by FBI agents, whose text message exchanges have been made public in selective bursts by GOP lawmakers.
Goodlatte said “Some of these texts are very disturbing.” He also added, “They illustrate a conspiracy on the part of some people, and we want to know a lot more about that.”
A senior counterintelligence agent in the bureau, Peter Strzok, was dismissed from Mueller’s team for unspecified reasons in July. There are five months of text messages – 50,000 in total – between Strzok and FBI attorney, Lisa Page, that are missing from FBI records. The bureau revealed to Congress over the weekend that it hadn’t retained the messages, which officials attributed to ‘technical problems’ with the bureau’s storage system.
Congressional Republicans are pushing to release a secret memo they have drafted based on classified intelligence, which they claim reveals anti-Trump bias in the FBI.
The hashtag “release the memo” has been trending on Twitter for several days, and there are talks all over social media about the potential bombshell that will be dropped once this memo is finally released.
Rep. Steve King (R-Ia.) tweeted out last week “I have read the memo. The sickening reality has set in. I no longer hold out hope there is an innocent explanation for the information the public has seen. I have long said it is worse than Watergate. It was #neverTrump & #alwaysHillary.”
The House Intelligence Committee is mounting a more immediate push to make this classified memo available to the public. As early as next Wednesday, the panel is expected to empty a never-before-used process to disclose the memo, put together by staff of its chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Ca.).