Lawmakers Demand Full List of People on Special Counsel Team
Nine Republican lawmakers asked Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to release the names of people who have worked or are working on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
In a June 25 letter, the lawmakers point to a recently released report by the inspector general of the Justice Department that revealed that at least three FBI employees who expressed bias against President Donald Trump went on to work on Mueller’s team.
The lawmakers name FBI officials Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Kevin Clinesmith as those who had an overt bias against Trump and went on to investigate him on the special counsel team. The letter says that at least one more biased FBI official worked on Mueller’s probe.
“We are disturbed that these individuals were chosen for Mueller’s team,” the letter states. “We know that these biases were shared among multiple people at the FBI and could be easily uncovered by Mr. Mueller with simple vetting. These individuals should not have been given an opportunity to influence–directly or indirectly–this special counsel investigation.”
The lawmakers note that the special counsel probe has gone on for more than a year while Mueller and his team consistently resist congressional oversight. They now want to see a list of people working on the case, out of concern that additional biased investigators are working the probe.
“These investigators endanger our ability to uphold justice,” the lawmakers wrote. “The American people expect more from their representatives.”
Mueller was tasked with investigating claims that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. To date, the special counsel has not produced any evidence or charges related to collusion.
The report by the inspector general concluded that the bias expressed by Strzok and four other FBI employees cast a cloud over the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.
Republican representatives Andy Biggs, Scott DesJarlais, Jeff Duncan, Matt Gaetz, Paul Gosar, Andy Harris, Jody Hice, Ralph Norman, and Scott Perry signed the letter.