Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has sent a batch of questions to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz about his investigation of FBI agent Peter Strzok.
In a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, the senator noted media reports detailing Strzok’s extramarital affair with FBI attorney Lisa Page and the “politically charged texts disparaging President Trump and supporting Hillary Clinton” they exchanged while engaged in the Clinton email investigation. He also noted he had requested a closed-door interview with Strzok after he was removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team investigating the “Russia Narrative” without a response.
Grassley’s letter also stated:
Mr. Strzok has been described as “a key player in the investigation into [Hillary] Clinton’s use of a private email server to do government work as secretary of state.” Ms. Page reportedly “was a regular participant when Comey would hold ‘skinny group’ meetings on the case—a small collection of advisers who gathered to address sensitive cases.” Additionally, Mr. Strzok reportedly was one of two FBI agents who interviewed former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. The communications between members of the Clinton email investigation team raise questions about the integrity of that investigation, and about the objectivity of Mr. Strzok’s work for the Special Counsel and in the FBI’s investigation of Mr. Flynn.
In addition to demanding that Strzok be made available for the previously requested interview, Grassley asked for all of the FBI interview notes of Flynn in which Strzok was present, including “contemporaneous handwritten notes,” as well as all communications sent, received, or copied to Strzok relating to:
- then-Director Comey’s draft or final statement closing the Clinton investigation;
- the decision to close the Clinton investigation without recommending any charges;
- opening the investigation into potential collusion by the Trump campaign with the Russian government;
- the FBI’s interactions with Christopher Steele relating to the investigation into potential collusion by the Trump campaign with the Russian government;
- any instance of the FBI relying on, or referring to, information in Mr. Steele’s memoranda in the course of seeking any FISA warrants, other search warrants, or any other judicial process; and
- unfavorable statements about Donald Trump or favorable statements about Hillary Clinton.
Grassley has demanded to have those documents no later than Monday.