House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy has warned that arrests are likely to be made as a result of the ongoing Hillary Clinton email probe.
The announcement comes after House Republicans promised to look deeper and more thoroughly into the FBI’s mishandling of the Hillary Clinton email probe, scheduling three witnesses for June after a four month hiatus without interviews.
Westernjournal.com reports: The three witnesses include Bill Priestap, the assistant director of the FBI’s counterintelligence division; Michael Steinbach, the former head of the FBI’s national security division; and John Giacalone, who preceded Steinbach as he bureau’s top national security official.
Priestap is of particular interest because of his leadership position over the Clinton and Russia probes. Among those who served under him was counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, who reportedly was on hand when the bureau interviewed both Clinton and Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser.
Multiple texts released by the Department of Justice inspector general between Strzok and his mistress, then-FBI attorney Lisa Page, showed extreme bias against then-candidate Donald Trump.
Strzok described Trump during the 2016 campaign as a “loathsome human” and an “idiot,” and found the prospect of him being president “terrifying.”
Page texted him, “There is no way (Trump) gets elected.”
Strzok then replied, “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.”
In another exchange, Page wrote “Trump should go f himself,” to which Strzok replied, “F Trump.”
Neither Strzok, nor Page, who recently resigned from the FBI, is expected to testify before Congress in June.
“The Judiciary-Oversight inquiry is running on parallel tracks to an investigation spearheaded by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who has zeroed in on what he describes as surveillance abuses by the Justice Department and the FBI during the election,” according to The Hill.
Additionally, House Republicans introduced a resolution on Tuesday calling for the appointment a second special counsel to look into alleged abuses at the FBI and Justice Department regarding multiple issues, including their handling of the Clinton email scandal and the reported spying on the Trump presidential campaign.
The 12-page resolution offers a detailed account of the many areas the members would call on the special counsel to investigate.