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 ClintonHillary Clinton backs Shontel Brown in Ohio congressional race Hillary Clinton: Casting doubt on 2020 election is 'doing Putin's work' Progressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC 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 SessionsBorder state governors rebel against Biden's immigration chaos Garland strikes down Trump-era asylum decisions The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from the Biden-Putin summit MORE and his deputy, Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinHouse Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week Media leaders to meet with Garland to discuss leak investigations MORE, Rep. Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteBottom line No documents? Hoping for legalization? Be wary of Joe Biden Press: Trump's final presidential pardon: himself MORE (R-Va.), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Trey GowdyTrey GowdyTrey Gowdy sets goal of avoiding ideological echo chamber with Fox News show Fox News signs Trey Gowdy, Dan Bongino for new shows Pompeo rebukes Biden's new foreign policy 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. 


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 TrumpNorth Carolina Senate passes trio of election measures 14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday Border state governors rebel against Biden's immigration chaos MORE