Trey Gowdy

Democrats Defend DOJ’s Bruce Ohr Day After Republican Grilling
GOP meetings on potential bias at DOJ and FBI have Democrats crying foul

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., pictured above, and Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., the top Democrats on the Oversight and Judiciary committees, respectively, refuted House Republicans’ claims about Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr’s involvement in the so-called Steele dossier. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democrats on the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees have jumped to the defense of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, who met behind closed doors with Republican lawmakers Tuesday as part of their probe into potential bias at the top reaches of U.S. law enforcement.

Top Judiciary Democrat Jerrold Nadler of New York and Oversight ranking member Elijah E. Cummings said the private hearing with Ohr, the second of four meetings Republicans have scheduled with DOJ and FBI officials over the August recess, was meant to distract from President Donald Trump’s increasingly precarious legal position as special counsel Robert S. Mueller III secures guilty verdicts and plea agreements with multiple people in Trump’s inner circle.

Issa: Republicans Got ‘Solid Information’ About Steele Dossier From Ohr
‘Either Bruce Ohr’s lying or Glenn Simpson’s lying,’ Gaetz says about DOJ official and Fusion GPS founder

Rep. Darrell Issa and other Republicans questioned Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr about the infamous Steele Dossier and what part it played in the Russia investigation. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Darrell Issa said career Justice Department official Bruce Ohr gave members of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees some “solid information” on Tuesday as they investigate potential bias at the top echelons of U.S. law enforcement.

Besides Issa, a former chairman of the Oversight panel, other attendees at the hearing included Reps. Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, the respective current and former chairmen of the hard-line conservative House Freedom Caucus. 

House Republicans Return to Hill a Week Early to Grill DOJ, FBI Officials
Bruce Ohr, James Baker, and Trisha Anderson to face questioning

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., has scheduled meetings with three FBI and DOJ officials this week about potential political bias at the top levels of U.S. law enforcement. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Some House Republicans are coming back to Washington a week early to conduct closed-door interviews with three current and former senior officials at the Justice Department and FBI this week, starting Tuesday morning with former associate deputy attorney general Bruce Ohr, GOP have sources confirmed.

The interviews are part of the Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform Committees’ joint probe into potential abuses of power and misdeeds within the DOJ over the course of its investigations into Hillary Clinton’s private email server and possible ties between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia.

Lynch Wants Oversight of ‘Questionable’ TSA Program
Congressman says ‘Quiet Skies’ has marshals tracking 200,000 passengers per year without probable cause

Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., said he wants a bipartisan investigation of the Transportation Security Administration's "Quiet Skies" program. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call).

Rep. Stephen Lynch wants Republicans to hold hearings on the Transportation Security Administration’s “Quiet Skies” program.

The Massachusetts Democrat sent a letter to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy about the program, in which undercover air marshals reportedly monitor air travelers, MassLive reported. 

What's In a Name? Some of Roll Call's Favorite Lawmaker Nicknames, Past and Present
Undercover Capitol takes you inside the historic workplace — one video at a time

JASON DICK: We're gonna talk about nicknames today. Some of the more powerful people in Congress have had nicknames.

Joe Cannon, the former Speaker of the House, had a couple of them. He was “Uncle Joe” for those who were feeling warm towards him, because he was a paternalistic figure.

Gowdy Balks at Democrats’ Motion for Dan Coats to Testify in Public
Oversight chairman doesn’t want another political spectacle like Comey, Strzok hearings

Committee wanted to subpoena Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee spiked a motion Tuesday from Democrats to subpoena Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to testify publicly about Russia’s ongoing efforts to interfere in U.S. elections.

Their reason?

Democrats Call On Trump-Putin Interpreter to Testify, Republicans Say No
Marina Gross may be the only one with answers to what happened in the Trump-Putin summit

Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr., D-N.J. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democrats looking for information about what happened during the private meeting between President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin want the U.S. interpreter to testify.

New Jersey Democrat Bill Pascrell called Wednesday on Reps. Trey Gowdy and Elijah Cummings, chairman and ranking member of the House Oversight committee, to ask Marina Gross to testify publicly before the committee.

Goodlatte’s Threat to Hold Strzok in Contempt Most Likely an Empty One
U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia would decide whether to prosecute the charge

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., threatened FBI agent Peter Strzok with contempt of Congress in the opening minutes of Strzok’s first public testimony about his role in 2016 investigations into President Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Just minutes into FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok’s first public testimony Thursday about his involvement in two 2016 FBI investigations involving presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte threatened Strzok with a contempt of Congress citation.

But if historical precedent is any indication, Goodlatte’s threat to the embattled witness would lead down a long and winding legal road — that would most likely dead-end at the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia’s desk.

When Things Get Heated in the Hearing Room
Strzok shouting match is hardly the first time emotions have erupted in the paneled recesses of the Capitol

Posters depicting the men who have pleaded guilty in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe are displayed alongside Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., as he gives his opening statement Thursday. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

FBI agent Peter Strzok felt the heat at Thursday’s House Oversight and Judiciary hearing, as tempers flared and points of order flew.  

Chairman Trey Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor, brought the interrogative theatrics. “I don’t give a damn what you appreciate, Agent Strzok,” the South Carolina Republican told the witness, who was removed from the bureau’s Russia probe last year over politically charged texts.

Sparks Fly at Joint Hearing to Question FBI Agent Peter Strzok
Trey Gowdy ‘doesn’t give a damn’

FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok testifies in front of the House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee during a joint hearing on “‘Oversight of FBI and DOJ Actions Surrounding the 2016 Election” on’ Thursday July 12, 2018. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

For the first time in a public forum, FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok delivered an impassioned defense against claims from House Republicans that he held biases against candidate Donald Trump that affected his official agency decisions as he helped lead an investigation into ties between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia.

“Let me be clear, unequivocally and under oath: Not once in my 26 years of defending my nation did my personal opinions impact any official action I took,” Strzok testified before a joint panel of the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform Committees.