Republican investigators at the House Intelligence Committee formally requested formerly acting FBI director Andrew McCabe's work-related text messages as part of their monitoring inquiry inquiry last March, but were denied by two sources familiar with the case.
The sources questioned whether the rejection constituted an obstacle to congressional monitoring after Fox News released on Friday unseen texts between then FBI Deputy Director General McCabe and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who discussed a number of foreign information monitoring (FISA) issues.
A lawyer for McCabe, FBI and DOJ did not respond to Fox News & # 39; comments comments after the release of the Friday texts.
In their document request dated March 23, 201
FOX NEWS EXCLUSIVE: TEXTS REVEAL FBI CLASHED WITH DOJ OVER & # 39; BIASED & # 39; SOURCE IN FISA APPLICATION USED To monitor TRUMP AIDE
Other members of the GOP information request were former FBI director James Comey, then Special Agent Peter Strzok, and senior DOJ official Bruce Ohr – who became a back channel between Steele and the FBI, after Steele was fired by the agency on the eve of the presidential election in 2016 over his contacts with the media.
"The answer from the DOJ was," We're working on this "- kicking the can down the road was a constant theme," a source explained.
On Thursday, Justice Secretary Michael Horowitz confirmed during a panel discussion in Washington, DC that his office is continuing to investigate the potential of Foreign I
"We have a FISA-related review that people may have heard that the Deputy General Attorney asked us to look at," Horowitz said. "But I'm not going to dwell on it."
Fox News is told that IG & # 39; s office is in the advanced stages of a probe, not only in the FISA cases, but also in the FBI media's leaks and inappropriate gifts received by journalists from the FBI officials. All were marked as topics for further review in IG's Initial Report on DOJ and FBI errors in last year.
Just nine days before the FBI applied for a FISA guarantee to monitor a top Trump campaign helper, agency officials fought with a high-level justice minister who had "continued concerns" about "possible disruption" of a source that is crucial to application, according to internal text messages from Fox News and published on Friday.
Fox News is told that the texts were associated with the ultimate successful Carter Page monitoring application, which in turn partially lied to Steele information – whose anti-Trump views are now well-documented – and cited Page & # 39; s suspected Russia ties . The FBI has on several occasions secured the FISA court in several cases independently that other sources independently confirmed Steele's claims and did not clearly emphasize that Steele worked for a company employed by Hillary Clinton's campaign.
The 2016 announcements also reveal that bureau messing circulated at least two anti-Trump blog articles, including a Lawfare blog post sent shortly after Election Day, possibly calling Trump "among the greatest threats to country security."
Another article, sent by Page in July 2016 by which FBI's contrast intelligence probe in Russian election interference was kicked off, spotted Trump a "useful idiot" for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Side told McCabe that FBI director James Comey then "surely" had read that piece. Both articles were written in whole or in part by Benjamin Wittes, a Comey friend.
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Furthermore, the texts show that Page 12, 2016, Page forwarded to McCabe some "unsolicited comments" then call -GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy and "total d – k." Gowdy at the time grills FBI congressional case director Jason Herring on a hearing on the FBI's handling of the Clinton email inquiry.
Answers to the texts, Mark Meadows, President of House Freedom Caucus; wrote on Twitter: "Remember: when the FBI and DOJ officials tried to monitor the Trump campaign through a FISA, they were well aware of the anti-trumpet bias involved in their" pivotal "sources. They knew, but they went anyway They were determined to target Trump. "