Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley called-out the Department of Justice and the FBI on Wednesday, accusing the nation’s premier law-enforcement agency of playing “hide the ball” as Congressional leaders investigate anti-Trump bias and widespread abuse at the bureau.
Grassley was speaking from the floor of the US Senate when he lashed-out at the Department of Justice as more and more instances of anti-Trump bias come to light, saying DOJ officials were playing “bureaucratic games” as his Committee fought to release information regarding Fusion GPS and the Trump Dossier.
“It sure looks like a bureaucratic game of hide the ball, rather than a genuine concern about national security,” Grassley said.
According to Fox News, the GOP leader accused the Department of using “false classifications” in order to prevent the release of information relating to former British spy Christopher Steele, the author behind the now-debunked ‘Trump Dossier.’
“If FBI really believed this fact was classified, then the FBI and the department should take better care to act consistent with that belief,” Grassley added. “Unfortunately, I suspect something else is really going on here.”
“Those particular paragraphs are based on nongovernment sources and do not claim to repeat or confirm any information from any government document,” said the Chairman. “Even if those portions of our referral did reference the allegedly classified fact at issue, it is hard to understand why that fact should be classified.”
BIAS ALERT: FBI Agents ‘PRESSURED’ to END Hillary Probe After Trump Nomination
Officials at the Department of Justice forked over hundreds of pages of previously unseen text messages to Congressional investigators over the weekend; revealing new details on how FBI agents were “pressured” to exonerate Hillary Clinton’s private email scandal after Donald Trump secured the GOP nomination in 2016.
New text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and bureau lawyer Lisa Page shed new light on the level of anti-Trump bias and corruption throughout the agency in the run-up to the US presidential election; suggesting the bureau was hoping to conclude Clinton’s probe within minutes of Donald Trump’s victory over GOP opponent Senator Ted Cruz.
“Holy s*** Cruz just dropped out of the race. It’s going to be a Clinton Trump race. Unbelievable,” wrote Page in May of 2016.
“I saw Trump won, figured it would be a bit,” responded Strzok. “Now the pressure really starts to finish MYE.”
The reference to “MYE” refers to ‘Mid-Year Exam,’ the FBI code name for the ongoing investigation of Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information and use of a private email server.
According to CBS News, the conversation was included in Sen. Ron Johnson’s scathing letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, where the Homeland Security Chairman demanded answers over anti-Trump bias at the agency ahead of the 2016 election.
DOJ Searching Trove of Texts from Anti-Trump Agent
The Department of Justice is rummaging through “over 10,000 texts” between the FBI agent recently demoted from Robert Mueller’s investigation for his “anti-Trump bias” and his counterparts at the special counsel’s office.
DOJ officials tell Fox News they’re currently sifting through 10,000 text exchanges to determine the extent of Strzok’s bias, and whether his personal opinions of President Trump impacted his ability to impartially conduct his investigation.
Peter Strzok was secretly re-assigned to the FBI’s Human Resources Department earlier this year after Robert Mueller was informed of his Trump-hating text exchanges with other investigators.
The revelation of anti-Trump operatives inside the special counsel’s office prompted an immediate response from GOP leaders and officials; questioning Mueller’s ability to properly investigate allegations of Russian-Trump collusion throughout the 2016 presidential race.
They’re not the only ones.
The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board published a scathing op-ed piece on Thursday, citing the text exchanges and other mistakes as irreparably damaging the special counsel’s office and demanding Mueller’s immediate resignation from the investigation.