Grassley Probing FBI 'Political Bias' In Flynn Investigation

Friday, 08 Dec, 2017

On Thursday, Wray testified before the House Judiciary Committee after storms of criticism about how the FBI and the special counsel have handled the Trump-Russia investigation. He's again asking for an interview with Strzok as well as documents, including communications involving Strzok, relating to the bureau's investigation previous year into the use of a private email server by former Secretary of State Clinton.

Gowdy believes more cases of bias and obstruction within the agency are going to be exposed as the investigation unfolds. Jim Jordan (Ohio), Mark Meadows (NC), Scott Perry (Pa.), Jody Hice (Ga.), and Andy Biggs (Ariz.) - charged that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department had a "double standard" for Clinton and Trump.

The disclosure of Strzok's political leanings raised questions from critics about the objectivity of Mueller's investigation.

Question 3: Why did special counsel Robert Mueller, who headed the FBI for a dozen years before handing it over to Comey-his longtime friend-keep the news that one of his top agents on the Russian Federation "collusion" investigation, Peter Strzok, was a partisan anti-Trumpist, who also worked on the Comey investigation of Hillary Clinton?

Grassley complained that Feinstein and other committee Democrats won't support his efforts to compel Fusion GPS to provide more documents and testimony to the committee about its role in hiring former British spy Christopher Steele to produce the infamous dossier alleging ties - some of them salacious - between Trump and the Russians.

If an agent had been found writing pro-Trump texts, "Democrats would go ballistic, and they would have every right to", Grassley said.

Trump did not substantiate his claim that Clinton lied.

Reports have surfaced suggesting Comey might have drafted a statement exonerating Clinton prior to the completion of the investigation. "But, I do know that unless both sides are willing to ask tough questions, no matter where the facts lead, there can be no bipartisan oversight".

Then there's Andrew Weissmann - another member of Mueller's investigative team who wrote an email to an Obama-era holdover in the Department of Justice, Sally Yates, expressing his delight that she defied Trump earlier this year on his proposed ban on travel from a handful of terror-prone nations.

Typically, committees produce reports detailing their conclusions at the end of an investigation. "Why do they continue when they have demonstrated distinct bias against this president and this administration". "I think Mueller has fewer and fewer supporters in the Republican establishment, because of what he allowed to happen", Fitton told The Washington Post.

"We may be, when we conclude, in a situation where we don't choose to have a committee vote on anything; where our intent is to lay the facts down", Burr said Wednesday. "I don't want to be pessimistic, but I have little reason to be optimistic". "I want to information to do our jobs, and we shouldn't have to fight with the Department of Justice to access that information".

For the Republican Party, Donald Trump's P.R. strategy could prove just as critical to maintaining control of the White House as his legal strategy.