House Republicans, sensing growing discontent with Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, are now questioning whether or not lawmakers should take aim at the impartiality of the FBI and Justice Department.
“I think if they don’t produce those documents on the third of January, they should be held in contempt,” said Florida Rep. Francis Rooney on Saturday. The documents in question are the infamous Trump “dossier.”
The dossier, which was compiled by former MI6 agent Christopher Steele, has been used to bring charges against former members of the Trump campaign.
Given that this dossier was funded by an anti-Trump GOP donor and the law firm that represented Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, many Republicans were quick to argue that Steele’s work is nothing less than a political hit-job.
California Republican Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has reportedly drawn up instructions for committee staff members to begin the process of bringing contempt charges against both the FBI and the Justice Department.
Mr. Nunes has grown increasingly frustrated by the FBI’s failure to turn over documents relating to both the dossier and its witnesses.
“Unfortunately, DOJ/FBI’s intransigence with respect to the August 24 subpoenas is part of a broader pattern of behavior that can no longer be tolerated,” Rep. Nunes wrote in a memo to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
As for Rep. Rooney, he has raised eyebrows by suggesting that the FBI be purged of “people who are kind of the deep state.”
Rooney specifically named former Mueller investigator and FBI agent Peter Strzok, who was released from the Russia probe over the summer because he sent anti-Trump text messages to his mistress.
Strzok previously worked on the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server. This fact has increased House Republican calls for the Justice Department to review Strzok’s possible bias during that case.
Another FBI official currently facing Republican wrath is Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, whose wife received campaign contributions from Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, a well-known friend of the Clinton family.
At this point, many House Republicans believe that only legal action can stop what they believe is a concerted campaign to hide the truth.
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