Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., is calling for 17 current and former Justice Department and FBI officials to testify before the House Intelligence Committee about "relevant information" they may possess about intelligence abuses during the 2016 election, Fox News reported.
Nunes, the Intelligence Committee chairman, addressed his letter to House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.
"For the sake of transparency and to keep the American people as fully informed as possible about these matters, the task force should consider interviewing these individuals in an open setting," Nunes wrote Friday.
Among the 17 individuals named were the two who had exchanged numerous anti-Trump text messages during the campaign – former FBI lawyer Lisa Page and FBI counter-intelligence officer Peter Strzok.
Strzok testified earlier this week on Capitol Hill and denied his text messages suggested a plot against then-candidate Trump.
Also named is Joseph Pientka, an FBI agent who interviewed then-national security adviser Michael Flynn. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, unsuccessfully attempted to speak with Pientka himself.
Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. But later reports – including one from former FBI Director James Comey – suggested he may have been truthful.
Earlier this month, Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department inspector general, released a new report showing additional text messages between Strzok and Page.
In one of those newly-released texts, Page asked, "[Trump's] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!"
Strzok replied, "No. No he won’t. We'll stop it."
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