House Threatens Contempt for FBI Over Secret Agent Demotion

You likely saw the headline that a key FBI agent on the Mueller investigative team, Peter Strzok, was demoted for anti-Trump text messages.

What you likely did not read is that the FBI knew about the text messages at least three months ago.

And now the head of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes is livid and threatening contempt charges for senior FBI leadership.

The committee had multiple meetings with senior DOJ administrators, including Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, specifically asking for the cause for Strzok’s demotion.

The FBI stonewalled for months.

But now that both the Washington Post and New York Times have run stories on the reason for the action, Nunes is calling for heads to roll.

What’s worse is the anti-Trump texts were discovered only after it was learned they were being sent by Strzok to a lead FBI attorney with whom he was having an affair.

Real nice, Mueller, real nice.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes has issued an angry demand to the FBI and Department of Justice to explain why they kept the committee in the dark over the reason Special Counsel Robert Mueller kicked a key supervising FBI agent off the Trump-Russia investigation.

Stories in both the Washington Post and New York Times on Saturday reported that Peter Strzok, who played a key role in the original FBI investigation into the Trump-Russia matter, and then a key role in Mueller’s investigation, and who earlier had played an equally critical role in the FBI’s Hillary Clinton email investigation, was reassigned out of the Mueller office because of anti-Trump texts he exchanged with a top FBI lawyer, Lisa Page, with whom Strzok was having an extramarital affair. Strzok was transferred to the FBI’s human resources office — an obvious demotion — in July.

The Post reported that Strzok and Page exchanged text messages that “expressed anti-Trump sentiments and other comments that appeared to favor Clinton.”

Word of the messages and the affair were news to Nunes, even though the committee had issued a subpoena that covered information about Strzok’s demotion more than three months ago. The committee’s broadly worded subpoena for information related to the so-called Trump dossier went to the FBI and DOJ on Aug. 24. In follow-up conversations on the scope of the subpoena, committee staff told the FBI and DOJ that it included information on the circumstances of Strzok’s reassignment.

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