Newly revealed text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and senior FBI lawyer Lisa Page show tremendous anti-Trump sentiments and members of Congress are now calling for a new investigation.
After Strzok was recently fired from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team over the messages, their contents were made available to the American public.
Politico reports Congressman Bob Goodlatte unleashed on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein during a congressional hearing on Wednesday:
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said the texts, which were turned over to the panel Tuesday night by the Justice Department, revealed “extreme bias” on the part of two officials previously assigned to special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election and any ties to President Donald Trump.
“Department of Justice investigations must not be tainted by individuals imposing their own political prejudices,” Goodlatte said at the start of the hearing with deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Goodlatte wasn’t the only Representative who expressed outrage over the texts.
He was joined by:
Rep. Louie Gohmert – “This is not just political opinions. This is disgusting political bias and there’s no way that could not affect a person’s work.”
Rep. Steve Chabot – “I think the American people deserve a lot better than the very biased team they’re getting under Robert Mueller, and I think it’s very sad.”
Rep. Jim Jordan – “That’s why they fired him.”
Others joined in over Twitter:
GOP congressman to Trump: Mueller probe 'infected with bias' https://t.co/HTrqllMARK
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) December 13, 2017
.@RepMattGaetz on the special counsel: "We have got find out why there is this infection of bias that seems to have really crippled the Mueller investigation." https://t.co/iZQVa1HjMq pic.twitter.com/eAgaDQLGvN
— Fox News (@FoxNews) December 13, 2017
Sen. Ron Johnson & Sen. Chuck Grassley letter to Justice Dept Inspector General Michael Horowitz regarding Strzok and Page. The Justice Department Inspector General is currently conducting a review of the actions of DOJ/FBI in advance of the 2016 election. https://t.co/t8QRh6B6wN pic.twitter.com/Fdf3bAO2y5
— Nick Short 🇺🇸 (@PoliticalShort) December 7, 2017
The more we hear about the @FBI’s handling of investigations involving @HillaryClinton, the more obvious it becomes that she received special treatment. When it comes down to it, everyone ought to be treated equally under the law, and that simply has not been happening. pic.twitter.com/HuBv57SCcP
— Rep. Jody Hice (@CongressmanHice) December 6, 2017
Lady Justice wears a blindfold–and no American, regardless of wealth or political status, should be given a free pass under the law.
The Justice Department must investigate the FBI's 'special treatment' of the Hillary Clinton investigation. pic.twitter.com/NPkWuC2HuP
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) December 6, 2017
“Gross negligence” has criminal implications. Any person who has handled classified info knows,at a minimum, Clinton met definition. #FBI, is full of great people, but has to be a trusted institution. Accountability now needed to restore public trust. https://t.co/jIPDfvoeN1
— Scott Taylor (@Scotttaylorva) December 4, 2017
Goodlatte led the committee with a call to reopen the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email use amid Strzok’s alleged impropriety (Strzok was the FBI’s lead investigator on the Clinton email investigation):
Goodlatte said a special counsel should re-open the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. The FBI probed the issue in 2016 but recommended Clinton not face criminal charges.
“These text messages prove what we all suspected: high-ranking FBI officials involved in the Clinton investigation were personally invested in the outcome of the election and clearly let their strong political opinions cloud their professional judgment,” Goodlatte said.