Schumer slams Republicans for attempts to discredit the FBI and DoJ

WASHINGTON – Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Thursday slammed Republican lawmakers for attempts to cast doubt on the political independence of the FBI and the Justice Department.

“Republican members of this body, I am ashamed to say, have picked up on casual texts sent between FBI agents to peddle the nonsense that there is a “secret society” at the Department of Justice, without a shred of evidence,” Schumer said in a floor speech. “What began as an attempt to discredit the investigator has now devolved into delusional, self-serving paranoia.”

Last month, reports emerged stating Independent Counsel Robert Mueller III dismissed FBI agent Peter Strzok after it was discovered that he had exchanged anti-Trump text messages with fellow agent Lisa Page. The messages, which were exchanged prior to Trump’s election, were given to congressional investigators.

Republican lawmakers said that many of the texts were missing but on Thursday the Justice Department’s Inspector General announced that the messages in question had been recovered and would be given to congressional investigators.

Earlier this week reports emerged that an exchange between Strzok and Page contained  a veiled reference to a “secret society.”

It is unclear what the term meant but for many Republicans the revelation confirmed long-held suspicions that the FBI and the Justice Department have displayed bias against President Donald Trump in their investigation into allegations of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

Strzok, a counterintelligence agent, was in charge of the Clinton email investigation and is said to be responsible for edits in a statement written by former FBI Director James Comey.  The edits suggest language regarding potential charges was amended to justify exonerating Clinton.

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