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House Intelligence chairman to hold FBI director, deputy AG in 'contempt of Congress'

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., center, standing with Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., left, and Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., right, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

There’s been yet another development in the Russia investigation; this one, involving the investigators themselves.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said Tuesday he is moving forward with a “Contempt of Congress” resolution against FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

He accuses them of hiding a former FBI agent’s alleged political bias against President Donald Trump, in what he calls an attempt to “thwart Congress’ oversight responsibility.”

The move comes after reports detailed private text messages from former Russia Investigation FBI agent Peter Strzok seeming to mock Trump and favor Hillary Clinton.

"We issued a statement on Saturday and then on Sunday that they had until last night to provide us with the documentation. That documentation hasn’t arrived yet,” Nunes said in a brief hallway interview.

One question in these politically charged times centers on people’s private opinions, and what, if any, impact those opinions play in their public roles.

“So far as I can tell, these views were privately expressed. There’s no indication they biased the investigation in any way” said Mike Seidman, a professor at Georgetown School of Law.

He said Nunes’ actions are simply an attempt to try changing the subject in an otherwise thorough investigation.

“I wonder if Chairman Nunes thinks that there were no FBI agents who voted for Donald Trump in the election and favor him," Seidman said. "Of course agents have political views.”

How those views factor in the equation of justice is now being called into question.


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