Conservative lawmakers from four separate US congressional committees want answers regarding missing text messages between Federal Bureau of Investigation agents involved in an probe into alleged collusion between President Donald Trump and Russia, The Hill reported on Wednesday.
“The knives are out for the FBI on Capitol Hill,” as the article put it.
From the Hill:
- House Intelligence Committee lawmakers are refusing to release a classified memo purported to offer evidence of FBI abuse of surveillance powers; “Well, yeah, they’re the ones that had the problem,” said Mike Conaway, a Republican congressman from Texas).
- “Five months of missing messages between senior counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page has thrown gasoline on the fire. The messages begin again on May 17, the day that [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller was appointed.”
- Strozk and Page were assigned to the investigation into Trump; Page at one point wrote “this man cannot be president.”
- Ron Hosko, a former assistant director at the bureau, told The Hill they showed “misconduct [that] has to be addressed.”
The pushback against alleged bias in the FBI comes as Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign moves forward.
From Axios’ roundup of recent events in the Mueller investigation:
- Robert Mueller is looking to question President Trump in the coming weeks regarding his decision to fire former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former FBI director James Comey, according to the Washington Post.
- Trump reportedly asked acting FBI director Andrew McCabe whom he voted for in the 2016 presidential election, also venting frustration over the career FBI agent’s wife’s contributions to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
- Current FBI Director Christopher Wray threatened to resign if McCabe were removed from his role as deputy director of the bureau: Axios’ Jonathan Swan.