WITH OR WITHOUT A SUBPOENA?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jun. 20, 2018) — House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte told Sean Hannity Wednesday night that he “believes we have an agreement” with disgraced FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Srzok to appear before the committee to testify “next week” about the agency’s probe into the Trump campaign.
On Tuesday, multiple reports said that Strzok was “escorted” out of his FBI office on Friday. It is unclear if he is still employed or if he has been terminated.
Strzok and his former mistress, FBI attorney Lisa Page, were discovered to have exchanged thousands of messages having todo with the Trump campaign investigation as well as the probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state on which both worked.
Some suspect that the Clinton investigation was “completed” precipitately so the FBI could focus on the Trump campaign out of political motivation.
Strzok’s attorney wrote in a letter over the weekend that his client would willingly appear before the Judiciary Committee and any other congressional committee without a subpoena, although Goodlatte continued to invoke the possibility of a subpoena.
When asked, Goodlatte said that “a resolution” would be voted on this week in regard to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has withheld documents requested by several congressional committees associated with the Trump campaign probe and the FBI’s use of an “informant” to make contact with Trump aides.
Following Goodlatte’s appearance, Judiciary Committee member Jim Jordan said that “if they don’t give us the documents, we are going to pass a resolution on the House floor” next week, suggesting it would hold Rosenstein in contempt.
On Sunday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes told Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo that if he did not begin to receive documents from Rosenstein by Monday, he would take action today.
House members have discussed impeaching Rosenstein, holding him in contempt of Congress, or suing him in federal court for the documents.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.