House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and other Republicans are considering writing a report next year alleging corruption at the FBI, The Washington Post has reported.
Such a report would focus on the conduct of FBI officials during the probe into Russia’s meddling in last year’s American presidential election, according to people familiar with the plans.
This comes as President Donald Trump and his supporters in Congress have intensified their attacks on the FBI, which is seen by many as a way to try and discredit special counsel Robert Mueller, the former leader of the bureau, and bring into doubt any findings he may come up with in the Russia election meddling investigation should they be damaging to the Trump administration.
Rep. Adam Schiff, who is the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, explained the GOP plan to CNN’s “State of the Union.”
The Republicans’ “intent here is not to do oversight,” Schiff said. “The intent here is nothing short of discrediting Mueller, then discrediting the Justice Department, then discrediting the FBI, then discrediting the judiciary, should the judiciary convict some of the people that Mueller has charged or may charge in the future," adding that the GOP criticisms are "an effort to tear at the very idea that there is an objective truth."
In the Senate, Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley has been the most aggressive in questioning the impartiality of Mueller’s probe, the Post reported. Grassley said that he is in communication with Nunes about the topic, although he declined to call it coordination
One of the main targets of the Republicans has been FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, because he worked under former FBI Director James Comey, according to The Hill.
Trump, Nunes and Grassley suggest the FBI was not aggressive enough in its probe of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server due to partisan bias
Three House committees recently grilled McCabe over his participation in the FBI’s Russia probe and his role in the FBI investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server.
These efforts have helped push the notion that FBI and Justice Department officials are part of a broad conspiracy against Trump, making the allegations more mainstream than what they were at the start of Mueller’s investigation.
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