House GOP chairmen ask DOJ to make FBI officials available for interviews

House GOP chairmen ask DOJ to make FBI officials available for interviews
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The House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees are seeking to interview FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and two other agents as part of a joint investigation into the bureau's actions during the 2016 election.

In particular, the investigation is looking into the FBI and the Justice Department's handling of two investigations: the probe into Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSunday Shows preview: Lawmakers, Trump allies discuss Russia probe, migrant family separation Giuliani: FBI, prosecutors investigating Trump belong in the psych ward Des Moines Register front page warns Iowa could lose up to 4M from Chinese tariffs MORE's use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of State and the investigation into possible ties between Trump campaign associates and Russia.

In a letter to Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsObama administration official: Separating migrant families undermines Melania Trump's 'Be Best' initiative Obama Homeland Security Secretary: Trump immigration policy 'unsustainable' Trump rips Democrats for allowing MS-13 'animals' into country MORE and his deputy, Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinJames Comey's higher disloyalty to America Key conservative presses for shield law after seizure of NYT reporter’s records Full interview: Sessions sits down with 'Rising' co-host Buck Sexton MORE, Rep. Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteWhite House walks back Trump's rejection of immigration compromise Goodlatte begins process to subpoena FBI agent who sent anti-Trump texts: report Trump immigration comments spark chaos in GOP MORE (R-Va.), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdySunday Shows preview: Lawmakers, Trump allies discuss Russia probe, migrant family separation Five takeaways on the IG’s scathing report on the FBI House conservatives introduce resolution calling on DOJ to provide key documents on 2016 MORE (R-S.C.), the chairman of the Oversight Committee, ask the Justice Department to make McCabe, FBI chief of staff Jim Rybicki and FBI counsel Lisa Page available for transcribed interviews. 

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Republican lawmakers have grown frustrated with what they have said is an unwillingness by the FBI to share details about its handling of both investigations. The letter to Sessions and Rosenstein could be a possible precursor to a subpoena. 

McCabe, in particular, has been the target of Republican scrutiny because of his wife's bid for the Virginia state Senate and her ties to Virginia's Democratic governor, Terry McAuliffe. 

The letter came as McCabe spent hours testifying before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday amid Republican concerns that the FBI is biased against President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday Shows preview: Lawmakers, Trump allies discuss Russia probe, migrant family separation Seth McFarlane: Fox News makes me 'embarrassed' to work for this company  'Art of the Deal' co-author: Trump would act like Kim Jong Un if he had the same powers MORE