Nunes went on in his statement to say this has been part of "a months-long pattern by the DoJ and Federal Bureau of Investigation of stonewalling and obstructing this Committee's oversight work", including also withholding subpoenaed information about their use of an opposition research dossier that targeted President Donald Trump in the 2016 election. It quoted people familiar with the issue. Page reportedly left Mueller's team in July and no longer works with McCabe, while Strzok was removed from Mueller's team in August and subsequently reassigned to the FBI's HR department in an apparent demotion.
The revelation of Strzok's removal, and the reasons for it, are a huge blow to the credibility of Mueller's inquiry, which critics have long claimed is riddled with partisan conflicts of interest.
Some of the lawyers working for Mueller had donated to Hillary Clinton, and one had even done work for the Clinton Foundation, which was a target of the Trump campaign during the election (and may have been under investigation by the FBI as well). Word of the texts could give new fuel to those demands. But the issue was resurrected in late October, when Comey informed congressional leaders that the FBI had discovered new Clinton emails on a laptop belonging to former congressman Anthony Weiner, then the subject of a separate FBI investigation. Some conservatives encouraged Mr. Trump to fire Mr. Mueller, saying the investigation was tainted.
Clinton and her supporters say Comey's moves in October cost her the 2016 election, and Trump and his Republican allies have used it to justify Comey's firing - the event that ultimately led to Mueller being appointed as special counsel.
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The president said earlier on Sunday that he had never asked Mr Comey to stop investigating ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Mr Flynn pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the FBI and agreed to co-operate with Robert Mueller's investigation.
Confirmation of the agent's dismissal from his role on Mueller's team came after two reports surfaced that said the agent may have shared texts that were critical of President Donald Trump. Much of the agency's senior leadership jobs are now filled by people who were put in those positions by Comey and Wray has yet to make many significant changes at the top. And both the Times and the Post noted in their reports that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has faced criticism from Trump and other Republicans for his role in the Clinton email investigation and his wife's political ties to a key Clinton ally in Virginia.