Democrats hate it when Republicans use their own tactics against them.
The ranking Democrats on three House committees accused their panels’ chairmen of trying to protect President Trump and undermine the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team by stoking concerns of political bias at those investigative bodies.
House Oversight’s Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Judiciary’s Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Intelligence’s Adam Schiff (D-CA) released a joint statement on Tuesday excoriating their Republican counterparts.
“Republicans are now attacking the FBI in order to undermine Special Counsel Mueller and protect President Trump, but their claims are directly at odds with the facts,” the House Democrats wrote.
.@RepCummings, @RepJerryNadler, and @RepAdamSchiff: These Republican attacks show their desperation at the fact that Mueller already has obtained two guilty pleas, two indictments, and at least two cooperating witnesses. pic.twitter.com/OSCj9cEvV1
— House OversightDems (@OversightDems) January 23, 2018
In their statement, Congressmen Schiff, Cummings, and Nadler dismissed allegations that the FBI was biased in its investigation of alleged ties between the president and Russia–asserting the bureau’s actions helped President Trump while hurting Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
“Republicans condemn FBI officials for supposedly taking action during the presidential campaign to assist Clinton and harm Trump, but this ignores the plain reality that these same FBI officials were involved in notifying Congress just days before the election that the FBI was reopening the Clinton investigation — an unprecedented action that severely damaged Clinton’s bid for President.
“At the same time, the FBI had an ongoing investigation of the Trump campaign’s connections with Russia, as well as reports that the Russians had compromising information on the candidate, but kept all of this information confidential in the months before the election — actions that greatly benefited the Trump campaign.”
The Democrats concluded that “These Republican attacks show their desperation at the fact that Mueller already has obtained two guilty pleas, two indictments, and at least two cooperating witnesses.”
The statement came after the Republican chairmen of the House Judiciary, Intelligence, and Oversight committees put out a statement Monday in which they called political bias at the FBI “extremely troubling.”
— Bob Goodlatte (@RepGoodlatte) January 23, 2018
Reps. Bob Goodlatte of (R-VA) of Judicary, Devin Nunes (R-CA) of Intelligence, and Trey Gowdy (R-SC) of Oversight referenced anti-Trump tweet between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page.
In a Friday letter from the Justice Department to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, it was disclosed that the FBI failed to preserve five months of text messages–including communication between Strzok and Page.
Over the weekend, news of a Nunes-compiled memo related to alleged political abuse at the FBI caused a frenzy.
“There are four pages of a memorandum prepared by the intelligence committee that will shock the conscience of this country when it comes to the horrific abuses from the last administration and that I believe continue to pose a threat to the Donald Trump presidency,” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) told Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro regarding the memo.
Gaetz went on to say, “It is so important that we are fighting to get this memo released to the American people. I don’t think the right answer is to just allow Congress to be shocked and horrified.”
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) caused a stir when he revealed that Strzok and Page talked about organizing a “secret society” to oppose President Trump.
Democrats’ disapproval of leaking smacks of selective memory.
Earlier this month, Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) leaked transcripts of Fusion GPS Founder Glenn Simpson’s testimony before the Senate last year, for which she was criticized by the president.
Leaks to the press have been so pervasive that Donald Trump, Jr. last month called for an investigation into the matter.
For Democrats, it’s always a case of “Do as I say, not as I do.”