FBI Refuses to Answer

Put aside the specific issue, Trump, Gowdy, etc. and consider this in the abstract. What we have here is Congress trying to exercise its Constitutional oversight authority over a law enforcement agency in the Executive Branch, and that agency refusing to cooperate. Abolish ICE? It might be time to abolish the FBI. Which agency has abused the civil rights of more Americans during its existence?

A House Judiciary Committee hearing quickly spiraled into chaos on Thursday when FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok said he couldn’t answer a question related to the Russia investigation because the FBI’s lawyers had instructed him not to, leading the committee’s chairman, Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., to threaten to hold Strzok in contempt.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., asked Strzok — whose anti-Trump text messages led to his removal from the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller — how many interviews he conducted in the first week of the probe.

“Congressman, as you know, counsel for the FBI, based on the special counsel’s equities, has instructed me not to answer questions about the ongoing investigation into Russian attempts to interfere,” Strzok replied.

Gowdy repeated his question and Strzok repeated his answer, infuriating Goodlatte.

“Mr. Strzok, you are under subpoena and are required to answer the question,” Goodlatte said. “Are you objecting to the question?”

16 Responses to FBI Refuses to Answer

  1. jjf says:

    You think he should answer questions about an ongoing investigation?

    I’m having trouble finding your outrage post about Bannon’s refusal, as described in the article you quote here.

  2. dad29 says:

    Other than its laboratories and massive database, the FBI is not a critical part of the FedGov.  We could do without it for 5 years, then start it up again making certain that nobody at the SAIC-level or above is hired into the new outfit.

  3. MHMaley says:

    5 years , how convenient .

  4. Kevin Scheunemann says:

    What a piece of filth this Strzok is turning out to be.

    Well trained liberal for sure.

  5. Le Roi du Nord says:

    k:

    Just like Sessions, won’t testify.  But I’m sure you were good with that, eh?

  6. MHMaley says:

    The Defenders of Grab the Pxssy and multiple affairs after the birth of his child by his third wife
    Looked punched out early in the first round in this fight

    11 hours of closed door testimony meant this was a show for the base . It’s kind of like a tune up fight for the contender on the way to a match with the champ ( Mueller ).

    Unfortunately , the opponent caught them early and often with shots they couldn’t stop coming
    Or couldn’t stop .

    Agent 9 rounds
    GOP. 2 rounds
    Unanimous decision – Agent

  7. Kevin Scheunemann says:

    There it is Mark and Nord endorsing shameless partisanship of government bureaucrats trying to purposely destroy a political candidate.

    It is frightening and dismaying that this abuse of power is even equates to some random guy locker room talk!

    I’ve seen many disgusting things by liberals, but you 2 take the cake on this.

  8. Le Roi du Nord says:

    k:

    Obviously you didn’t listen to any of the testimony, but rather are relying solely of faux news for your biases. But since that is what your hero, #lying45 does, why change for the better.

    And to have you call me disgusting is the height of hypocrisy.  Name calling doesn’t enhance your credibility.

  9. Paul says:

    Nobody cares, fossil.

  10. Le Roi du Nord says:

    little p:

    Obviously you do, since you responded.  Thanks.

  11. Pat says:

    12 more witches indictmented today in Mueller’s witch hunt.

  12. Le Roi du Nord says:

    Should be an interesting discussion in Helsinki.

  13. dad29 says:

    OMG!!  The RUSSIANS phished the Smartest Most Educated Most Highly Sophisticated Podesta!!

    The RUSSIANS have an active interest in US politics!!!

    The RUSSIANS were spying on us, too!!

    National Emergency!  Start nuking Moscow on Tuesday!!

    Mueller’s doing his best to cover up the treachery and treason of Hillary and her bunch.  Too bad he cannot lay his finger on ONE American who “colluded” with the Russians, eh?

  14. MjM says:

    All you need to know about this FBI puke:

    Strzok, previously: I am telling the truth.

    Q:  You said, quote, “My text messages are not indicative of bias”, unquote.  Do you still stand by that?

    Strzok: I do.

    Judge for yourself:

    “Omg he’s an idiot.”

    “God Hillary should win. 100,000,000-0”

    “That Texas article is depressing as hell. But answers how we could end up with President trump”

    “They fully deserve to go, and demonstrate the absolute bigoted nonsense of Trump”

    “Hi. How was Trump, other than a douche? Melania?”

    “And hey. Congrats on a woman nominated for President in a major party! About damn time”

    “God that’s a great article. Thanks for sharing. And F TRUMP”

    “Just went to a southern Virginia Walmart. I could SMELL the Trump support…”

    “I am riled up. Trump is a f***ing idiot”

     

  15. Merlin says:

    If Strzok’s self-proclaimed purity on the question of his partisan bias had any truth to it, Mueller wouldn’t have removed him from the Special Counsel’s investigation. He wouldn’t have been fired from the FBI. If the extent of his bias hadn’t been exposed by his own email/texts, and then only by the messages Strzok was allowed to filter by his own hand, he wouldn’t have been hauled before a congressional committee. Strzok has already served the only punishment he’s likely to receive.

    Strzok wasn’t content to rise in the FBI bureaucracy by simply being a common lifer, nonpartisan bureaucrat. The guy went all in on Hillary and lost. Strzok chose to be partisan and while his political opponents have been more than happy to fan the flames, Strzok lit the match on his own career.

  16. Pat says:

    And yet, Strzok did nothing to undermine Trumps campaign. The man showed poor judgment and has paid the price for it. I guess we can move on to more important things now.

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