(National Sentinel) Oversight: House Republicans are preparing to secure testimony for three current and former FBI agents regarding the bureau’s handling of the so-called “investigation” into Hillary Clinton’s criminal mishandling of classified emails.

The interviews will be the first related to the scandal in four months, The Hill reports.

Bill Priestap, the assistant director of the FBI’s counterintelligence division, and Michael Steinbach, the former head of the FBI’s national security division, are among those on the witness list.

The third witness is John Giacalone who preceded Steinbach as the bureau’s top national security official and who oversaw the first seven months of the Clinton investigation.

The Hill noted:

Priestap, in particular, has come under fire from conservatives.

As the head of the FBI counterintelligence division, he held a pivotal leadership position in both the Clinton and Russia probes and was in a supervisory position over counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, whose text messages criticizing Trump and other political figures during the 2016 presidential race have been the focus of a maelstrom of scrutiny from the right.

Priestap was the FBI official who changed the wording in then-FBI Directory James Comey’s July 2016 statement to the press exonerating Clinton. The change involved removing the word “President” and replace it with “another senior government official” to hide this fact from the American public.

Giacalone was the lead FBI agent on the probe into Clinton’s emails; earlier reports claimed he quit in protest over the way the investigation was handled (and turned out).

Some have questioned why Priestap and Steinbach are on the witness list, suggesting it could be tied to their likely knowledge of the ‘counterintelligence’ investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign.

The Hill reported further:

Republicans are ramping back up the controversial investigation amidst what has become a direct assault by a number of conservatives on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia.

All three interviews are scheduled separately. Priestap will appear in the first week of June, Giacalone in the second and Steinbach in the final week of the month, according to the congressional source.


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