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Top congressional Republican announces House committee to subpoena top officials at FBI — here's why

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) explained on Fox News that the House Judiciary Committee will soon subpoena top officials at the FBI. (Image source: Fox News screenshot)

A top congressional Republican said Saturday that senior leaders at the FBI will be subpoenaed in the coming days as more evidence of anti-Trump bias surface in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

What's happening?

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) explained on Fox News Saturday that he's received a commitment from House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) to subpoena top officials at the FBI, including Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

"We're going to subpoena Andrew McCabe, subpoena Peter Strzok...Bruce Orr and his wife [Nellie], Lisa Page, and I also think the chief of staff of the FBI needs to be brought in," Jordan explained.

"So lets get all the documents, lets bring them in for depositions and lets put them on the same witness stand [Deputy Attorney General Rod] Rosenstein sat on last week and [Attorney General Jeff] Sessions sat on a few weeks ago and ask them the same tough questions so the American people can get the answers," he added.

Why is this significant?

House Republicans have greatly increased their pressure on the FBI, DOJ and Mueller after it was revealed that a senior FBI agent was removed from Mueller's investigation last summer when the bureau learned of anti-Trump, pro-Clinton text messages he exchanged with an FBI lawyer whom he was having an extra-marital affair with.

Those text messages were revealed last week and one message in particular raised eyebrows. In that message, Strzok mentioned an "insurance policy" and referred to a man named "Andy," whom many believe is McCabe.

"I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office — that there’s no way he gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk,” Strzok texted on Aug. 15, 2016. “It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40."

Indeed, Goodlatte told Fox News last week that Strzok's "Andy" message is the "one that concerns me the most."

"Andy is presumably Andrew McCabe ... and this text is very troubling because it suggests that they’re doing something, they have a plan to take action to make sure that Donald Trump does not get elected president of the United States at the highest levels of the Federal Bureau of Investigation," Goodlatte said.

Watch Jordan's comments below:

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