FBI and Congress – Mollifying the Masses or Finally Getting Serious
First Giving Congress Clinton Emails and Second Calling for Mueller to step down
FBI turns over new Clinton investigation documents to Congress
November 4, 2017
The FBI has begun turning over to Senate investigators hundreds of pages of memos regarding the bureau’s probe into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, sources told The Hill.
The sources said the Justice Department notified the Senate Judiciary Committee late Friday and the FBI began transmitting memos soon after to assist Congress in its review of former Director James Comey’s handling of the Clinton email case.
The memos detail how and when the bureau’s leadership declined to pursue criminal charges against Clinton for transmitting classified information on her private email server as secretary of State, an investigation that has remained controversial since the 2016 presidential campaigns.
FBI officials declined to comment. “We don’t have any information for you,” spokeswoman Carol Cratty told The Hill.
Read the article HERE.
U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL), member of the House Judiciary Committee, introduced a resolution today calling for the resignation of Robert Mueller, former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, from his position as Special Counsel.
“Evidence has emerged that the FBI withheld information from Congress and from the American people about Russian corruption of American uranium companies. A confidential U.S. witness, working in the Russian nuclear industry, revealed that Russia had deeply compromised an American uranium trucking firm through bribery and financial kickbacks.
Although federal agents possessed this information in 2010, the Department of Justice continued investigating this “matter” for over four years. The FBI, led at the time by Robert Mueller, required the confidential witness to sign a non-disclosure agreement. When the witness attempted to contact Congress and federal courts about the bribery and corruption he saw, he was threatened with legal action. By silencing him, Obama’s Justice Department and Mueller’s FBI knowingly kept Congress in the dark about Russia’s significant and illegal involvement with American uranium companies.
These deeply troubling events took place when Mr. Mueller was the Director of the FBI. As such, his impartiality is hopelessly compromised. He must step down immediately,” Rep. Gaetz said in a statement.
Cosponsors of the resolution currently include Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) and Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX).
Read his full website statement HERE.
I think it is six of one and half-dozen of another. As we said before the ONLY one who can fire Mueller (despite Congressional sputtering) at this time is the one who hired him — Deputy Attorney General, Rod J. Rosenstein. If congress wants to change that then they need to resubmit a stand alone bill outlining who all has authority to hire and fire as well as the parameters and scope of investigations.
The DoJ has their own regulation but there is NO authority by law that allows for a Special Counsel since 1999 when it expired in a sunset clause. Nor is there any method of oversight or removal except in the regulation which only allows the one hiring to release him. No order of office has been noted in the regulation except for the AG or the Deputy AG.
Sessions is playing ‘possum and refusing to get involved so he must be compromised too. However, so is Rosenstein and others. One is left to wonder if the new Solicitor General can sort this out. Sessions needs either to step down or step up and stop recusing himself from hard cases that he has chosen not to become involved in.
Mueller is neither a citizen choice by election nor a federal employee according to that regulation just as having the President remove him is not an available option. Given that I am not sure what Rep. Gaetz can accomplish with the resolution but maybe something will be decided.
We all know that the 2018 election cycle is coming up so hopefully this will spur Congress but to what end — procrastination until after the elections or actually acting on bringing Clinton to justice?
Thankfully with a new FBI director we are seeing that the FBI has discontinued their obstruction and have decided to hand over whatever the committee needs or has requested.
Now if we could get enough push in congress to force the FBI to take the investigative lead and DOJ to actually stir itself to prosecute, MAYBE we will see the Clintons and Obamas brought to justice before 2020 if then.
Stay tuned – “As the World of DC Turns” is only in it first season. I wonder what more will be forthcoming or if we will have any justice even if for some reason all the players “conveniently” passed away or were removed from the cast of characters.