Johnson, Grassley push FBI for all McCabe texts, call stonewalling ‘unacceptable’

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Already under fire for his bizarre prioritization of practically non-existent white supremacist extremism vs rampant left-wing extremism, FBI Director Christopher Wray now faces the wrath of Republicans over his bureau’s slow-walking of documents.

In a letter addressed to Wray, this week Senate Homeland Security Committee chair Ron Johnson and Senate Finance Committee chair Chuck Grassley demanded to know why know the bureau is slow-walking hundreds of text messages that were sent and received by disgraced former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

“We have waited nearly 70 days to receive these text messages, and when records were actually produced, we received only eight percent of what we know exists,” they wrote.

The duo subpoenaed the FBI for all records associated with the Russian collusion delusion investigation on Aug. 6th. The FBI responded on Oct. 9th (last Friday) by producing 24 measly pages of texts, some of which had already been seen by them.

“Moreover, on September 24, 2020, we requested the production of text and Lync messages for several other individuals involved in the Crossfire Hurricane investigation but, to date, we have not received a single message,” their letter continued.

Lync is a messaging platform built by Microsoft.

“It is simply unacceptable that we have waited so long to receive so little,” the duo added before going on to explain why these texts are so important.

“We have made a public commitment to determine and reveal the full extent of official investigative and intelligence action taken by federal officials against the Trump campaign, its presidential transition, and into the administration. As we have noted before, the information that has already been made public reveals what might be the most outrageous abuse of power in U.S. history against a presidential candidate and sitting president,” they wrote.

“In pursuit of the facts, we have requested extensive information relating to Crossfire Hurricane and the Clinton investigation, in one form or another, over the past several years, and well before HSGAC’s August 6, 2020 subpoena. The American people deserve full transparency, and they have waited entirely too long—almost four years in some instances—for answers. In light of that history, it is astounding that the FBI can claim to need more time to identify and produce responsive records.”

The letter concluded with Johnson and Grassley demanding that the FBI comply with their demands by this Friday, Oct. 16th.

View the letter below:

Johnson Grassley letter to … by V Saxena

While it’s not relevant to their demands, the letter did also include a summary of some of the duo’s findings as per the few pages of text messages that have been released.

Included among the texts were a slew of messages from Matt Apuzzo, a “journalist” with The New York Times.

“On October 29, 2016, the day after then-FBI Director James Comey announced that the FBI was reopening its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, McCabe received a message from [Apuzzo],” Johnson and Grassley wrote.

“Hey I know you don’t want to field calls. But Goldman and I are together and really need to talk. This thing is spiraling out of control,” the “journalist” wrote.

Adam Goldman “reports on the FBI for The New York Times,” according to his Times biography. What was spiraling out of control? Was it the Clinton matter? And what business was the FBI’s operations to Apuzzo and Goldman?

Apuzzo and Goldman proceeded to continue hassling McCabe over the next couple of days. On Oct. 30th, Goldman texted to ask if he could “chat briefly.” The then-deputy director refused.

Two days later, Goldman added in another text, “Hi. Matt and I have new information that puts a lot of stuff specifically in your world into context. Can you spare 10 minutes or a coffee. We think it is important.”

The letter by Johnson and Grassley was sent days after Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe declassified documents showing that in 2016, then-President Barack Hussein Obama had been briefed about a plot by Clinton to sully Trump’s name by linking him to Russia as “a means of distracting the public from her use of a private email server.” The documents were notes written by then-CIA Director John Brennan.

The duo mentioned some of these findings in their letter.

“Then-Director Brennan eventually briefed President Obama on that intelligence reporting, which also included a referral to then-FBI Director Comey. According to Comey’s recent testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, he has no recollection of receiving that referral,” they wrote.

Digging through all of McCabe’s texts could potentially help them determine whether Comey had spoken the truth or lied.

But digging through all of McCabe’s texts will first require that Wray stop stonewalling and slow-walking documents …

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