Goodlatte begins process to subpoena FBI agent who sent anti-Trump texts: report

Goodlatte begins process to subpoena FBI agent who sent anti-Trump texts: report
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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteUSCIS chief Cuccinelli blames Paul Ryan for immigration inaction Immigrant advocacy groups shouldn't be opposing Trump's raids Top Republican releases full transcript of Bruce Ohr interview MORE (R-Va.) is initiating procedures to subpoena an FBI agent who fiercely criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi arrives in Jordan with bipartisan congressional delegation Trump says his Doral resort will no longer host G-7 after backlash CNN's Anderson Cooper mocks WH press secretary over Fox News interview MORE in text messages during the 2016 presidential race. 

Politico reported on Friday that Goodlatte had notified his Democratic counterparts on the committee that he will subpoena Peter Strzok. The notifications begin a required two-day waiting period before he can formally issue the subpoena.


Strzok exchanged text messages with another FBI official, Lisa Page, during the 2016 race that denigrated Trump and expressed support for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJill Stein: 'I am not a Russian spy' Trump criticizes Clinton for suggesting Jill Stein was Russian asset Graham: I'm seeking to make Trump successful 'but not at all costs' MORE

A report released on Thursday by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz about the FBI's handling of the investigation into Clinton cited a previously undisclosed text message from Strzok to Page saying that they would "stop" Trump from becoming president.

But that report also said that political bias at the FBI did not directly influence the conclusion of the Clinton investigation or the Justice Department's decision not to prosecute the former secretary of State. 

The report said that Strzok never used his position to work against Trump's election, but noted that it showed the FBI agent's willingness to do so.

Trump himself questioned the conclusions of the inspector general's report on Friday, saying the report was "wrong" to conclude that political bias did not affect the FBI's actions during the 2016 presidential race. 

Strzok also worked on the special counsel investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, but was removed from that probe after special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network MORE found out about his text messages with Page.