(National Sentinel) Oversight: House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes is sick and tired of the stonewalling coming out of the Justice Department and the FBI regarding legitimate efforts by various congressional committees to investigate abuses of the secretive FISA court during the Obama administration.
As the California Republican continues to hammer away in a bid to get to the bottom of Spygate once and for all, he’s turning up the heat on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray.
On Friday, he sent a letter to House Oversight Committee chair Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and Judiciary Committee chair Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., requesting they compel 17 officials from DoJ and the FBI to testify before their committees.
Fox News reports:
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., wants 17 current and former FBI or Justice Department officials to testify on Capitol Hill about possible government surveillance abuse during the 2016 election, including fired FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe and embattled FBI official Peter Strzok.
In a letter obtained by Fox News, Nunes requests that the joint task force of the Oversight and Judiciary Committees take steps to interview these officials because they may “have relevant information.”
The House Intelligence Committee does not have direct oversight over the FBI and the DOJ, so testimony is more likely to be compelled by referring names to the Oversight and Judiciary Committees.
“For the sake of transparency and to keep the American people as fully informed as possible about these matters, the task force should consider interviewing these individuals in an open setting,” Nunes wrote in the Friday letter to House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy and House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte.
Some of the more well-known names on Nunes’ list include Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Bruce Ohr, and Joseph Pientka, the agent who was part of the FBI’s interview with then-national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has also attempted to speak with Pientka, but the DOJ has rebuffed his requests.
Fox News reported further:
Flynn pleaded guilty in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe to making false statements to the FBI in that interview. He also lost his job at the White House after he was said to have misled Vice President Pence about a discussion with the Russian ambassador at that time, Sergey Kislyak.
But Republicans on Capitol Hill are seeking more information about that interview, as recent revelations have raised questions about the guilty plea itself. They say former FBI Director James Comey in fact indicated to lawmakers that FBI agents did not believe Flynn intentionally lied about the talks with Russia’s ambassador.
Here are the 17 officials named in Nunes’ letter:
- Trisha Anderson, DOJ lawyer
- James Baker, former FBI general counsel
- Gregory Brower, former FBI congressional liaison
- John Carlin, former head of the DOJ’s national security division
- Kevin Clinesmith, FBI lawyer
- Tashina Gauhar, DOJ official
- David Laufman, former head of DOJ’s counterintelligence division
- Andrew McCabe, former FBI deputy director
- Mary McCord, former DOJ lawyer
- Jonathan Moffa, FBI official
- Sally Moyer, FBI lawyer
- Bruce Ohr, former associate deputy attorney general
- Lisa Page, former FBI lawyer
- Joseph Pientka, FBI agent
- E.W. “Bill” Priestap, assistant director of the FBI counterintelligence division
- Peter Strzok, FBI agent
- George Toscas, DOJ official
Tic-toc, boys and girls.
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