Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

DOJ Gives House Intel Doc That Launched Russia Probe

DOJ Gives House Intel Doc That Launched Russia Probe

"After numerous unfulfilled requests", Nunes said in the statement Wednesday, "we were finally given access to a version of the [electronic communications] that contained the information necessary to advance the committee's ongoing investigation of the Department of Justice and FBI".

House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes' dispute with Depuity Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray appeared to de-escalate Wednesday after Nunes was given access to the document that kicked off the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Nunes had first subpoenaed that and other documents from the DOJ and Federal Bureau of Investigation in August. Nunes, the House Intelligence Committee chairman, set Wednesday as the deadline for officials to turn over the documents before he makes a decision on contempt and impeachment.

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Speaking with Fox News' Laura Ingraham on Tuesday, Nunes cautioned Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray that congressional investigators are "not messing around" as the men risk being held in contempt of Congress and possibly impeachment for not cooperating.

A Justice Department official said the department had provided Nunes, ranking member Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and all committee members access to the document, with redactions "narrowly tailored to protect the name of a foreign country and the name of a foreign agent, "The Washington Post reported". "If he does not turn over the documents, there are a growing number of us on Capitol Hill who believe someone else needs to do the job".

Earlier Tuesday, Nunes declined to say whether he meant to seek contempt charges against Wray and Rosenstein.

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"I can tell you this - we are going to get the document".

A Justice official told CNN that Nunes and Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., went to the Justice Department on Wednesday to view the document. "It would be the first step you hold them in contempt, then you have other tools in the toolbox if you do not get the documents", he said.

The agency provided the document, known as an Electronic Communication, or EC, after California Rep. Devin Nunes and South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy met with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Rosenstein, Mueller and Comey are all Republicans.

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