House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte started the clock Friday on a procedure to subpoena Peter Strzok, the FBI agent accused by an inside Justice Department watchdog of harboring intense bias against President Donald Trump.

The Virginia Republican’s move occurs the heels of an critical Justice Department inspector general say that delivered a harsh assessment of Strzok’s animus toward Trump, revealed through private text messages to FBI attorney Lisa Page that have been uncovered in the internal investigation.

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Two sources briefed on subpoena effort established that Goodlatte has formally notified his Democratic counterparts of his intent to subpoena Strzok, one that launches a two-day waiting period before they can officially issue the subpoena, under committee procedures.

Goodlatte’s official notice to his colleagues points toward a subpoena being issued since monday.

The DOJ investigation found while Strzok’s bias against Trump harmed the FBI’s appearance of neutrality, there was no evidence that his political leanings actually altered the decisions made in the bureau’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s utilization of a non-public email server. Later, Strzok was the counterintelligence agent who helped open the bureau’s separate probe into Russian contacts using the Trump campaign.

Among probably the most explosive findings within the report was a message from Strzok to Page soon there after the launch within the Russia probe suggesting that "we’ll stop" Trump from becoming president. The inspector general found no indication that Strzok took any action to back his words, though he was quoted saying they indicated a "willingness" to make use of his role therefore.

Strzok, through attorney Aitan Goelman, fiercely denied the inspector general’s conclusions, indicating that his colleagues had all vouched for his integrity and this his private messages happen to be twisted for political purposes.

“Every witness asked via the OIG declared that Strzok’s work was not ever depending political views," Goelman said in a very Thursday statement.

Goelman would not be affected by a request comment regarding the forthcoming subpoena.

Trump allies in Congress have really been clamoring to take Strzok towards Capitol. Along with the watchdog findings on Thursday emboldened those to launch fresh criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing look at the Trump campaign’s Russia contacts.

“If this has been in the court of justice, they might throw this case out," House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Friday morning. "I feel the Mueller investigation should stop."


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