DOJ hands over documents to GOP committees after contempt threat
The Justice Department this week gave House Republicans some of the documents they seek related to the Russia election-meddling investigation and Hillary Clinton e mail probe — following lawmakers threatened to hold officials in contempt for stonewalling.
Home Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., mentioned on "Fox News Sunday" that House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., had warned that &ldquothere&rsquos going to be action on the floor of the Home this week if FBI and DOJ do not comply with our subpoena request.&rdquo
GOP WILL HIT FBI, DOJ WITH ‘FULL ARSENAL OF CONSTITUTIONAL WEAPONS’ IF THEY Do not COMPLY WITH SUBPOENA, GOWDY WARNS
The Property Judiciary Committee and House Intelligence Committee had requested much more than a million documents from the FBI and DOJ connected to the Clinton investigation and surveillance of members of the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential campaign.
But a spokesperson for Ryan told The Linked Press on Saturday that the division had partially complied with the subpoenas and had turned over much more than a thousand new documents.
"Our efforts have resulted in the committees lastly receiving access to information that was sought months ago, but some essential requests remain to be completed," the spokesperson, AshLee Robust, mentioned in a statement Saturday.
"Additional time has been requested for the outstanding products, and based on our understanding of the procedure we think that request is reasonable. We expect the department to meet its complete obligations to the two committees."
Nevertheless, Property Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows, R-S.C.,  pushed back, saying that the documents handed over are just a modest percentage of what was subpoenaed by the Residence Judiciary Committee.
"Based on the existing production rate, it would take them 1 1/2 years to comply," he told Fox News.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who has been a central figure in requesting the documents, was offered a classified letter about no matter whether the FBI utilised &ldquoconfidential human sources&rdquo ahead of it began its investigation in Russia ties to the Trump campaign.
Republicans have targeted the circumstances as to how the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant was obtained to monitor Trump aide Carter Page and the achievable use of an informant who spoke to members of Trump&rsquos campaign.
AP reported that the DOJ is also operating to give documents connected to former British spy Christopher Steele, who was behind the lurid and unverified anti-Trump dossier, which Republicans say was utilized to obtain the FISA warrant.
Acting Assistant Deputy Director Jill Tyson stated that the FBI staff would be working by means of the weekend to hold production of documents moving forward, according to Politico. She also mentioned that Nunes had asked for conversation transcripts among sources and Trump campaign officials — that request was forwarded to National Intelligence Director Dan Coats.
The partial fulfillment of the request comes amid an escalating standoff between Home Republicans and department officials.
This month, emails reviewed by Fox News showed that Deputy Attorney Common Rod Rosenstein threatened to &ldquosubpoena&rdquo emails, phone records and other documents from lawmakers and staff on a Republican-led House committee throughout a tense meeting in January, in what aides described as a "personal attack."
Gowdy told "Fox News Sunday" final week that "the full panoply of constitutional weapons available to the individuals&rsquos home" are on the table, including contempt of Congress.
"I don&rsquot want the drama I want the documents," Gowdy added.
Fox News&rsquo Gregg Re and The Related Press contributed to this report.
Published at Sat, 23 Jun 2018 23:00:00 +0000