Reps. Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan: ‘After Latest FBI Leak to Press, It’s Time For AG Sessions To Go’
Reps. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Jim Jordan (R-OH) say it’s time for AG Jeff Sessions to go as evidenced by the latest FBI leak to The New York Times.
In a scathing op-ed in the Washington Examiner, both GOP Reps. and members of the Freedom Caucus, Meadows and Jordan called for AG Sessions to be replaced.
The GOP Reps. said all of President Trump’s accomplishments continue to be masked because of ‘Trump-Russia collusion’ headlines dominating news cycles day in and day out.
After nearly 6 investigations and millions of dollars thrown at Mueller’s liberal dream team of Obama/Hillary donors, there is not one scintilla of ‘Russian collusion’ evidence yet the farce continues.
This entire Russia investigation is Jeff Sessions’ fault. He caved to pressure like a coward and recused himself from the Russia investigation because he met with Russian Amb Kislyak (gasp). CNN recently walked back their fake news story and admitted then-Senator Sessions did nothing wrong when he met with the Russian ambassador.
The GOP Reps. then ripped into the New York Times ‘Papadopoulos Bombshell’ which of course unraveled within hours of publication.
Even with the complete dearth of evidence Congressional hearings have produced, the narrative machine continues to mobilize. Last week, the New York Times published an article using four current and former anonymous intelligence officials to suggest that George Papadopoulos, a Trump campaign volunteer, was a “driving factor” who triggered the FBI’s spying on the Trump campaign. These anonymous sources claim that Papadopoulos, during a night of drinking at a bar in Europe, tipped off Australian diplomats about Russian collusion efforts, which ultimately led to the FBI opening an investigation.
Meadows and Jordan asked 5 questions that shred the claims made in that NY Times article:
Question 1: If George Papadopoulos was central to the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign, why did the FBI wait more than 6 months to interview him in late January and again in February? And even if they were trying to keep the probe quiet during the 2016 election, why wait more than 2 months after Election Day?
Question 2: If Papadopoulos was so critical to the investigation, why did the FBI get a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, warrant on Carter Page in the summer of 2016 but not on Papadopoulos, the alleged central player?
Question 3: If Papadopoulos was key to a collusion investigation and evidence existed supporting that claim, why would Bruce Ohr, the former DOJ official married to Fusion GPS’ investigator, meet with Christopher Steele, author of the so-called “Trump dossier” hired by the Clinton campaign, before and after the election?
Question 4: Why would former FBI Director James Comey brief President Obama and President-Elect Trump on the contents of the Russian dossier, but not do the same thing on this campaign staffer’s alleged collusion?
Question 5: Why won’t the FBI answer questions from Congress on this very topic? Why do they continue to refuse transparency on whether they paid Christopher Steele for the Russian Dossier? We in Congress have asked them repeatedly to tell us what was in the application they took to the FISA Court to get a warrant for spying on the Trump campaign. Did they use the dossier in their application? This demands an answer.
Meadows and Jordan argue that answers to these questions could bring the ‘Russian collusion’ farce to an end. Instead of answering these questions, the FBI continues to leak far-fetched stories to the New York Times. Congress is being stonewalled as they continually ask for evidence and answers.
The Reps, argued the alarming number of FBI agents and DOJ officials sharing information with reporters is in clear violation of the investigative standards.
How would New York Times reporters know any of this information when the FBI and DOJ are prohibited from talking about ongoing investigations? How many FBI agents and DOJ officials have illegally discussed aspects of an ongoing investigation with reporters? When will it stop?
Meadows and Jordan conclude that since AG Sessions recused himself, he has no control over the Justice Department. It is time for Sessions to start managing in a spirit of transparency to bring all of this improper behavior to light and stop further violations.
Meadows and Jordan conclude that now is the time for Sessions to be replaced.