For all of 2017, we were bombarded by Democrat allegations that Donald Trump somehow “colluded” with Russia to steal the 2016 presidential election. After months of investigation by an independent counsel and multiple committees in Congress, there has yet to be found any evidence of this amorphous conspiracy. What has been uncovered however, is clear evidence of unethical, if not illegal, politicization of the Justice Department and FBI under the administration of Barack Obama.
As the 2017 Congressional calendar came to a close, a battle brewing between Congress, the FBI and the DOJ intensified. Revelations of the stunning political bias and corruption at the highest levels of the the FBI prompted congressional investigators to seek documents and testimony which would shed light on the department’s activities leading up to the 2016 election. Numerous requests for information, including by subpoena, were ignored or only partially complied with. Now, it appears that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes is preparing to take additional, more serious steps in his effort to force the FBI and DOJ to turn over the requested information.
As I have been writing for months, one of the most important questions to be answered is whether or not the Obama Administration used the discredited Steele dossier as the pretext for an investigation of Donald Trump and, even more importantly, as the factual basis for obtaining a surveillance warrant from the FISA Court.
From the Washington Times:
The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has expanded its 2016 election investigation from a starting point of Russian interference to an end-game that focuses on federal law enforcement and how it conducted a drive to snare President Trump and his people.
Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, California Republican, is accusing the Justice Department and the FBI of misleading him in “a pattern of behavior that can no longer be tolerated.” He charges that Justice claimed it possesses no documents related to the infamous Trump dossier, then, under pressure, produced “numerous” such papers.
Concerning the FBI, Mr. Nunes wants more information on how the bureau used the document to investigate Trump people. He has been in a behind-the-scenes battle to gain access to FBI documents, only to be rebuffed.
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, intervened by openly urging the FBI to cooperate. It then showed Mr. Nunes‘ staff a limited amount of information.
An impatient Mr. Nunes on Dec. 28 came close to accusing Justice and the bureau of a cover-up.
In a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Mr. Nunes said the Department of Justice at first said dossier-related FBI interview summaries, known as 302s, “did not exist.”
Weeks later, under an Aug. 24 subpoena, DOJ suddenly located “numerous FD-302s pertaining to the Steele dossier, thereby rendering the initial response disingenuous at best,” the House intel committee chief wrote.
Based on the stonewalling, Mr. Nunes said the committee no longer can accept Justice’s position that it cannot turn over other official investigative forms, called 1032s. They document meetings between the FBI and confidential human sources.
“As a result of the numerous delays and discrepancies that have hampered the process of subpoena compliance, the committee no longer credits the representations made by DOJ and/or the FBI regarding these matters,” Mr. Nunes wrote.
He gave the Justice Department until Wednesday to comply.