(National Sentinel) Wider Net: The chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., is seeking communications including texts and email from an additional 16 FBI and Justice Department officials as part of the committee’s broader probe into how the FBI handled its investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.
Johnson’s request to DOJ Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is said to include all employee emails, memos, notes, texts, iPhone instant messages, and voicemails from officials between January 1, 2015, to the present.
Former FBI Director James Comey and former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe are reportedly on Johnson’s list of 16 officials, the Washington Examiner reported Thursday.
Also on the list: Outgoing FBI chief of staff James Rybicki, acting FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich and John Giacalone, the lead FBI agent on the probe into Clinton’s emails.
Johnson is also seeking text messages between anti-Trump FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and his mistress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, that have been recovered after being considered missing.
Last week, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz told Johnson the messages had been retrieved, the Washington Examiner noted.
“According to material produced to the Committee, Ms. Page and Mr. Strzok make references to communicating with other FBI employees via text message, phone calls, and email,” Johnson wrote.
The deadline for Johnson’s request is Feb. 14.
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