Republican Committee Leaders Call On FBI Brass For Interviews

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The chairmen of the House committees on government reform and the judiciary wrote to the Department of Justice on Tuesday demanding that three FBI officials be made available for interviews.

Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, Chief of Staff Jim Rybicki and counsel Lisa Page should be available for interviews starting Thursday, the letter said.

Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) (pictured above) and Trey Gowdy (R-SC), the leaders of the Judiciary and Government Reform committees, respectively, wrote: “Among other things, the Committees are investigating the circumstances surrounding the FBI’s decision to publicly announce the investigation into former Secretary Clinton’s handling of classified information, but not to publicly announce the investigation into campaign associates of then-candidate Donald Trump; the FBI’s decision to notify Congress by letter of the status of the investigation both in October and November of 2016; the FBI’s decision to appropriate from DOJ the decision-making authority with respect to charging or not charging former Secretary Clinton; and the FBI’s timeline with respect to charging decisions.” (Read the full letter below.)

Politico, which wrote about the letter Tuesday, reported that some unnamed Republicans on the Judiciary Committee have said that Goodlatte promised to subpoena the officials if they refuse to voluntarily testify.

Republicans recently obtained hundreds of text messages between Page and a now-former member of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team, Peter Strzok, some of which were critical of Trump (and others of Democratic politicians). Democrats have separately called for an investigation into the release of the text messages.

McCabe, the FBI’s deputy director, testified before the House Intelligence Committee for at least seven hours Tuesday, CNN reported. Some Republicans have charged that he has shown bias in that position because his wife, Jill McCabe, ran for Virginia state senate in 2015 and received financial support from a political action committee associated with then-Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), a Clinton ally.

Read the letter below:

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  1. Avatar for j.dave j.dave says:

    Can someone please tell these people that “country over party” doesn’t mean they get to pick the country?

  2. the FBI’s decision to appropriate from DOJ the decision-making authority with respect to charging or not charging former Secretary Clinton

    Is this a joke? Seriously. Is this a f#$king joke?!

  3. “Men always seemed to growl and sniff around each other, bristling over nothing, and just as suddenly become buddies at the least likely moments.” ― Christine Feehan, Oceans of Fire

  4. The so-called majority party has the motive, means, and opportunity to rig the judicial and law-enforcement institutions of this government in its favor and is enthusiastically doing so. No inquiry of this type could possibly be done as anything else. Not by them. And we have to save ourselves, folks. Robert Mueller can’t do it alone. One vote flipped a legislature yesterday. Lots of work to do.

    ETA just called my critter. I knew it was futile and I said so, but I let them know I consider this tax bill a theft from working people by the oligarchy and an unconscionable redistribution upward of taxpayer money. Pretty sure I wasn’t the only call they got. He’s on notice that there will be consequences for this. It’s literally the least I can do but it’s something.

  5. Avatar for milt69 milt69 says:

    I saw a brief glimmer of hope when I read that Goodlatte was willing to subpoena for documents, testimony,etc. but ONLY as it pertains to a Clinton investigation!!! And I swear Gowdy has a sick fixation on Hillary. Wasn’t he head of that Benghazi fiasco, e-mails, etc…?

    She is a private citizen now, lost the election and was cleared of any wrong doing! The horse is dead, you can stop beating it, already.

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