Senator: FBI covering up handling of Hillary probe

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Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., charges the FBI is stonewalling his efforts to get to the bottom of allegations that political bias influenced the bureau’s decision to exonerate Hillary Clinton in its investigation of her mishandling of classified information.

Johnson is demanding that the FBI reveal who was behind the watering down of then-FBI Director James Comey’s draft statement on the Clinton email probe.

But he’s not getting any answers from the bureau, he told the Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson Thursday night.

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.

“I have no idea why the FBI doesn’t just come clean and provide this information to Congress. What are they trying to hide? What are they trying to cover up?” Johnson asked.

Johnson has given the FBI until Dec. 27 to provide him with answers.

He told Carlson the bureau is being used as a “political weapon.”

“They don’t believe they need to or they have to” turn over the information, he said. “They’re not going to be compelled to, apparently.”

Johnson, recalling the infamous IRS attack on conservative non-profits, said the American people are losing confidence in governmental institutions as they become more and more politicized.

“We have seen now with this Lois Lerner in the IRS politicizing the more fearsome government agency from the standpoint from most Americans, used it as a political weapon,” Johnson said.

“We’ve seen the politicization of the FBI. So we are losing confidence in these institutions that should be bedrocks of our democracy.”

The Wall Street Journal’s Kim Strassel reported Johnson, in correspondence with Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz, raised the question of when the bureau first learned of FBI counterintelligence officer Peter Strzok’s anti-Trump text messages with FBI lawyer Lisa Page.

Strassel writes: “Was it before Mr. Mueller was even appointed? Did FBI leaders sit by as the special counsel tapped Mr. Strzok? In any Click to see the original article