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GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz said on Friday that the DOJ was forced to release texts sent former special counsel investigators because the House Intelligence Committee chairman was about to subpoena them.
The DOJ’s decision to share the texts with Congress and the media on Tuesday was controversial, because the texts are the subject of an ongoing inspector general investigation.
Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz on Friday said the Justice Department was “forced” to release private text messages exchanged between former special counsel investigators Peter Strzok and Lisa Page because House Intelligence Chair Devin Nunes “was about to subpoena them.
“Well, Chris, all the American people can see the text messages that were forced to be released ’cause Devin Nunes was about to subpoena them,” Gaetz said. In the texts, he referred to President Donald Trump as an “idiot,” among other things. ”
The statement did not appear to address questions about whether the inspector general’s office approved the release of the texts to the media.