The Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee appeared on Fox News' "Ingraham Angle" Tuesday and discussed the Democrats' response to last week's memo describing FISA abuse by the FBI, telling host Laura Ingraham that Democrats want the president out "by any means". John McCain was calling it a dangerous attack on the FBI and the Department of Justice.
It was unclear if the House would hold Bannon in contempt. He has been subpoenaed and has now delayed answering the panel's questions three times as the committee negotiates with his lawyer and the White House over the terms of his interview.
How can Rosenstein oversee Mueller's investigation into the firing of James Comey when he was a witness to and a participant in the firing of James Comey? It does make you wonder what the FBI and DOJ are hiding.
At Grassley's request, the FBI removed multiple heavy redactions to the senators' criminal referral, which the senators first released Monday and asserts that Steele wrote a second memo with help of at least one of Hillary Clinton's friends.
Immediately after its release the major news media and intelligence analysts began dissecting it like a frog in a high school science class, exposing all its elisions, omissions and half-lies. Trump declassified the memo anyway and crowed that it vindicated him on the Russia investigation. "We are in the middle of the process". The memo noted that the committee had evidence of those s before October 2016 as well. The Justice Department did in fact mention the political origins of the Steele dossier in its FISA application.
"There are things in the memo that I would be uncomfortable with if the White House did not redact", he said. Stefanik's subsequent party-line behavior following Nunes' misdirection on this committee is not representative of my standards of professionalism as expected. Then the speaker should bring up legislation to shield special counsel Robert Mueller III from any White House attempt to undermine or fire him. The Russia investigation has blown all of that up.
Amanda Gonzalez, a spokeswoman for Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, says the committee extended the deadline on Bannon's subpoena until next Tuesday.
The letter says Steele "materially misled the FBI" by speaking to journalists about his reports - which are known collectively as "the dossier" - after reportedly assuring the FBI he had not done so. The Democratic memo at this moment is still undergoing a review by folks from the Justice Department, the FBI, a number of national security lawyers. Congressman Devin Nunes has fed a series of leaks to sympathetic reporters and pundits - Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel, Washington Examiner reporter Byron York, and of course, Fox News. That, admittedly, might be because he paid too much attention to Russia-haters running the "Hamilton68 Dashboard" that accuses Moscow of _any_ Twitter trend. It appears that the only reference to that face was a vaguely worded footnote to the FISA court application that said "political sources" were behind the dossier.
On Dec. 7, the House Ethics Committee closed its investigation of Nunes, even though, according to the Atlantic, "the committee was never able to obtain or review the classified information at the heart of the inquiry".
"I am troubled by what I read in the documents with respect to the role the State Department played in the fall of 2016, including information that was used in a court proceeding", he said.
Law enforcement officials said they should have reviewed the document before its release because of the possible classified nature of some materials in the document.