Republican Congressional Committee Members Subpoena FBI, DOJ in Bid to Topple Mueller’s Russia Probe
Republican Congressional leaders working in concert with the White House have escalated efforts to stop investigations by special counsel Robert Mueller III into Russia’s role in hacking the 2016 elections and Donald Trump’s relationship with the Russians.
Earlier today, Republicans in the U.S. House Intelligence Committee without the consent of their Democratic committee members subpoenaed the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) in what experts say is the most significant escalation yet by the Republicans.
Experts believe the Republicans in the committee are looking for information they can use to discredit the investigation and Trump dossier lead author Christopher Steele.
Congressional sources told The Liberal Advocate News that the subpoenas are an indication of a growing frustration inside the intelligence committee “over the FBI and Justice Department’s lack of cooperation in the Trump-Russia investigation.”
Republicans in the committee are also said to be looking to use these subpoenas as a way to stop special counsel Robert Mueller III from continuing his probe of Donald Trump, his finances and connections to the Kremlin.
House Intelligence Committee ranking member Adam Schiff of California said Democrats in the committee disagreed with the decision to subpoena the FBI and DOJ, calling the action “perplexing.”
“It is perplexing,” Rep. Schiff told Rachel Maddow, host of The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. “Democrats did not consent to it (the subpoenas) but they told us they will do it anyway.”
He said Republicans and President Trump are looking for ways to impeach Mr. Steele, the FBI and Department of Justice.
“They are looking for ways to impeach Christopher Steele, the FBI and DOJ in a bid to topple the special counsel’s investigations into Russia. It is an effort to discredit Mr. Steele, people in the FBI and DOJ,” he added.
On August 24, Republicans in the House intelligence committee issued the subpoenas to the FBI and an identical one to the Justice Department giving them until September 1 to turn over the requested documents and information.
The FBI and DOJ ignored the subpoenas so the committee extended the date to comply to September 14.
Republicans in the intelligence committee want these documents so much that they have also subpoenaed FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Jeff Sessions specifically, directing them to appear before the committee to explain why they have not provided the subpoenaed information.
“We got nothing,” said committee member Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., one of the Republican leaders trying to force an end to the Russia investigation. “The witnesses have not been produced and the documents have not been produced.”
Rep. Gowdy said in a telephone interview that no documents has been received from the FBI adding that the FBI is asking for more time to comply and also that complying might interfere with the investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller
“A subpoena is a tool of last resort in Congress,” Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor, said.
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