Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein struggled to answer lawmakers’ questions about corruption and bias at the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Mr. Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before the House Judiciary Committee on the explosive findings of DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz.
When pressed by Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., about Peter Strzok — the head of FBI counterintelligence team who conducted the investigations into Hillary Clinton and then pivoted his focus to the Russia probe —Mr. Rosenstein agreed text messages between him and his lover “clearly do indicate bias.”
“I certainly agree with the findings of the inspector general report,” Mr. Rosenstein said. “I think those messages clearly do indicate bias.”
The highly-anticipated IG report uncovered text messages between Mr. Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with whom he was having an affair. In one of the more damning messages, Mr. Strzok, who was at the center of both vowed to prevent Donald Trump from becoming the 45th President of the United States.
Lisa Page: “[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!”
Peter Strzok: “No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it.”
These messages were excluded from a disclosure from the same text string, which was previous handed over to members of Congress.
Mr. Rosenstein’s admission comes after Mr. Horowitz himself testified “it’s clear from the text messages” that Mr. Strzok “had a bias state of mind.”
Previously obtained text messages also show the two lovers discussed needing to talk to “Andy” about an “insurance policy” in the event President Trump defeated Mrs. Clinton, a reference to then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office — that there’s no way he gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40,” Mr. Strzok wrote to Ms. Page.
Mr. Horowitz also confirmed to the Senate Judiciary Committee that the IG believed “Andy” was a reference to Andrew McCabe, who has since been fired. The inspector general referred Mr. McCabe to the U.S. Attorney for criminal charges after concluding he lacked candor (lied) under oath.
Ms. Page, along with FBI lawyer Jim Baker, both of whom worked closely with fired former FBI director James Comey, resigned from the agency in May. Mr. Strzok has been relieved of his post as head of the counterintelligence department and reassigned to Human Resources (HR).
Mr. Strzok was escorted out of the bureau last week and, while he appeared before Congress on Wednesday, he has yet to testify in public under oath. Multiple sources tell People’s Pundit Daily (PPD) that lawmakers found his answers, which came not under oath, to be inconsistent with facts and unbelievable.
Worth noting, Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page both worked on the Democrat-dominated team assembled by Special Counsel Robert Mueller III. They were fired last summer before members of Congress conducting oversight and the media learned of the content of the messages.
Mr. McCabe has requested immunity from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Ia., in exchange for testimony and emails damaging to his former boss, Mr. Comey.
Meanwhile, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who has been reluctant to attack or even criticize the ethical conflicts of interest pertaining to those conducting the special counsel investigation, tore into the acting attorney general in the case.
“We’ve seen the bias. Now we need to see the evidence,” Rep. Gowdy told Mr. Rosenstein. “Whatever you got, finish it the hell up. This country is being torn apart.”