Lawmakers call for action on alleged FBI bias and search for missing texts

Sen. Chuck Grassley Photo: Sinclair Broadcast Group

A drum beat on Capitol Hill is not letting up, as GOP lawmakers raise red flags about the D.O.J. and the F.B.I.

“One of my key concerns is the loss of faith in the ability of the Justice Department and the FBI to do their jobs free from partisan political bias,” said Sen Chuck Grassley (R-IA) in a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday.

He and others have been sounding alarm bells, after personal text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI Attorney Lisa Page seemed to present a political bias.

In one text, Strzok writes:

"I personally have a sense of unfinished business. I unleashed it with MYE. Now i need to fix it and finish it."

This was referring, apparently, to the Clinton email investigation known in the FBI as the “mid-year exam.”

“People who are in a position where they’re dispensing justice or trying to pursue justice, if they have those kinds of views, they should disqualify themselves,” said Sen Jim Risch (R-ID).

The Senate Judiciary Committee is now calling for action and answers in reference to five months of missing text messages - which some find suspect.

“Did the FBI really give us agents' phones for data that they knew for 6 months they knew were not recording the data?,” asked President Trump’s attorney Jay Sekulow in an interview Tuesday.

Another concern being raised has to do with a classified memo put together by Rep. Devin Nunes' staff, which he and others say answers questions about controversial methods used to surveil some in then-candidate Trump’s inner circle.

“I think it’s very important that Congress vote to make the report public so the American public can see how this process was used,” said Rep. Ron Desantis (R-FL).

But some others who have seen the memo caution it’s not accurate.

“It is so pathetically obviously full of misstatements and lies including the very first line which makes references to investigations which don’t exist,” said Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) in an interview Wednesday on CNN.

Critics also warn it’s all part of an effort to discredit the Russia probe.

“For those who are trying to interfere in the work of Bob Mueller they should realize that they will be triggering a constitutional crisis,” said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR).

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