The Iowa Republican is pressing the FBI for every and all documents related to the activities of FBI agent Peter Strzok following the reports that he had demonstrated bias against President Trump while playing key roles in the investigations into the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server and in the special counsel probe into the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation.
Grassley's office on Wednesday said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has failed to comply with the previous, broader Judiciary Committee requests that had called for records relating to the communications of Stzrok and others.
Freedom Caucus co-chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) suggested that the FBI's investigation as well as probes by Congress and Special Counsel Robert Mueller into allegations of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials have been given far more weight than that of reports that the Clinton campaign indirectly engaged Russia by entering into a contract with a law firm that retained a security firm to prepare a dossier alleging collusion between Trump campaign members and Russia. The revelation came as part of an inspector general probe into the Justice Department's handling of the matters related to the 2016 election, according to the Times.
Grassley had said in October he wrote a letter to Strzok requesting "voluntary cooperation and a private transcribed interview with the committee", but has received no replies.
During a Thursday interview with Fox News, Gowdy pointed out the various problematic things that Agent Peter Strzok had done while overseeing the Clinton and Trump-Russia investigations.
Congressional Republicans are joining Trump in their interest in scrutinizing Strzok.
Grassley gave the Federal Bureau of Investigation until December 11th to hand over the documents related to Strzok.
"Why are the same people that mishandled and provided bias to the Hillary Clinton investigation, why are they still in this administration?" asked Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.). "There is no difference-the only difference is they didn't want to use the wording in the statute".
"This (Mueller) investigation has been undermined and tainted and he should be fired".
Then there's Andrew Weissmann - another member of Mueller's investigative team who wrote an email to an Obama-era holdover in the Department of Justice, Sally Yates, expressing his delight that she defied Trump earlier this year on his proposed ban on travel from a handful of terror-prone nations.
Liz Aloi, who was serving as chief of the Justice Department's special financial investigations unit, said Yates was "inspirational and heroic".
"The president's order is an unconstitutional embarrassment and I applaud you for taking a principled stand against defending it", he added. Trump dismissed all Obama-appointed USA attorneys in March.