when the reason for SSA Strzok’s removal from the Special Counsel investigation was leaked to the Washington Post before that reason was provided to this Committee, at this point it seems the DOJ and FBI need to be investigating themselves,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes is demanding that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein comply with the committee’s request to “fully produce responsive documents and provide the requested witnesses” with regard to the controversial and unverified dossier that put the Trump campaign under surveillance, according to a letter sent by Nunes to Rosenstein.
Nunes, R-CA, chided the Justice Department and the FBI for its failure to produce the “basic investigatory documents” demanded through the committee’s subpoenas issued over four months prior, in a Dec. 28, letter. The chairman also noted that the DOJ was “disingenuous” when it informed the committee in early December, that some of the documents requested did not exist.
The DOJ had informed the House Intelligence Committee that the “FBI Form FD-302 interview summaries, did not exist,” the letter states. The FD-302 forms are the reported summaries of interviews conducted by the FBI.
“However, shortly before my meeting with you in early December, DOJ subsequently located and produced numerous FD-302s pertaining to the Steele dossier, thereby rendering the initial response disingenuous at best.”
“As a result of the numerous delays and discrepancies that have hampered the process of subpoena compliance, the Committee no longer credits the representations made by DOJ and/or the FBI regarding these matters,” stated Nunes, in the letter. “Accordingly, DOJ and the FBI are instructed to promptly produce to the Committee-no later than January 3, 2018.”
Department of Justice spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores told this reporter that the DOJ is expected to respond to Nunes’ request this evening.
Nunes was stonewalled by the Justice Department earlier this year when he requested information on why Special Counsel Robert Mueller removed Peter Strzok, a former deputy to the assistant director for counterintelligence at the FBI, from his role in the Russia Trump investigation. Strzok had exchanged anti-Trump texts with his colleague and lover, Lisa Page, who works as a lawyer at the FBI under Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who is reportedly retiring from the FBI, in March.
Strzok, who was an integral part of the Special Counsel interviewed, both Hillary Clinton and former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, exchanged roughly 10,000 text messages with Page, many of which, were highly politicized. Strzok was removed from Mueller’s probe after the texts were discovered.
In one August 2016, text message Strzok tells Page, “I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office — that there’s no way he gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”
“Andy” is believed to refer to Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, whose wife, Jill, unsuccessfully ran for Virginia State Senate as a Democratic candidate in 2015.
Nunes is also demanding that Rosenstein provide the committee the dates that a number of high ranking DOJ and FBI officials will be made available to be interviewed this month as witnesses.
- FBI Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Peter Strzok
- Former DOJ Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr
- FBI Attorney James Baker
- FBI Attorney Lisa Page
- FBI Attorney Sally Moyer
- FBI Assistant Director of Congressional Affairs Greg Brower
“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,” states Nunes. “As I said in a public statement several weeks ago, when the reason for SSA Strzok’s removal from the Special Counsel investigation was leaked to the Washington Post before that reason was provided to this Committee, at this point it seems the DOJ and FBI need to be investigating themselves.”