When Donald Trump won the electoral vote in 2016, it came as a shock to most of the country—including the Republican Party. In fact, the GOP was gearing up for years of anti-Hillary resistance, laying the foundation for years of unnecessary investigations and obstruction. Now that Trump’s in office, they’re not quite sure what to do. Oftentimes, it seems that they’re simply sticking to the original plan.
There’s an additional benefit to the Republican Party in doing this, which is that it helps give conservative media tidbits to froth at the mouth over as a flimsy excuse to ignore the back-to-back scandals coming out of the White House.
Reports are indicating that Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), the House Judiciary Committee Chairman, has subpoenaed documents from the FBI related to the previous investigation into Hillary Clinton. The problem is, the FBI is already turning over the related documents.
It’s not as easy as handing over a stack of paperwork—not every committee member has the clearance to view highly sensitive intelligence, so a team of FBI agents has to work to redact certain information. Dozens of FBI agents have been doing so for months and turning over documents every couple of weeks as soon as they’re available. It’s a page-by-page job. So far, they’ve gone through about 3,000 out of 30,000 of the documents the FBI claims are related.
The committee, on the other hand, is requesting 1.2 million documents they claim are related. So it’s pretty clear what is actually going on here—the Judiciary Committee, under Republican leadership, is requesting a massive amount of sensitive documents that they know it is impossible for the FBI to quickly provide. That way, they can then blame the FBI for the problem they’ve created, depending on public ignorance of political processes to cover their tracks. They’re intentionally creating a false conflict with the FBI where none previously existed. Then, carefully timed press releases, subpoenas, and Republican leaks keep the press talking about it.
It’s just a continuation of Republican attempts to paint the FBI as partisan in order to create cover for Trump. Here’s more on the subpoena via POLITICO:
The new subpoena from Goodlatte encompasses thousands of records gathered by Inspector General Michael Horowitz in his investigation of the FBI’s handling of the 2016 investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server. But Goodlatte said he views the recent firing of McCabe as an extension of the initial request, since McCabe’s firing was connected to his role in the Clinton probe.
The inspector general’s report, expected in the coming weeks, is expected to find that McCabe was less than forthcoming under oath. Investigators were probing his approval for FBI officials to engage with a reporter for a story on his handling of an investigation into the Clinton Foundation. McCabe has disputed the charge that he deliberately obfuscated, contending that he followed up where needed to correct the record.
In a statement, a Justice Department spokesman said officials are “committed to accommodating its oversight request in a manner consistent with the Department’s law enforcement and national security responsibilities.” The spokesman, Ian Prior, said more than two dozen FBI staff had been working on producing the documents “on a rolling basis” and have delivered about 3,000 of the 30,000 responsive files.
“We are individually reviewing the remaining documents to ensure that they do not include grand jury information, information about ongoing law enforcement actions involving American citizens, or privileged attorney-client communications,” he said.
Republicans are bound and determined to use any method at their disposal to protect Donald Trump, regardless of the damage they cause our democracy and nation. For Republicans, it’s party over country, every single time.
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