After months of stalling and escalating threats from Republicans in the House, the Department of Justice has handed documents related to the Hillary Clinton email investigation over to Congress, The Daily Caller reports.
The website reported the DOJ “claimed Saturday it has given House Republicans a trove of documents related to the Russia investigation and the probe against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.”
Meanwhile, AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan, said the DOJ had partially complied with the subpoenas issued by Congress for the material.
“Our efforts have resulted in the committees finally getting access to information that was sought months ago, but some important requests remain to be completed,” Strong said in a statement Saturday, according to the Washington Examiner.
“Additional time has been requested for the outstanding items, and based on our understanding of the process we believe that request is reasonable,” Strong added. “We expect the department to meet its full obligations to the two committees.”
More than 1,000 new documents had been turned over to the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees after contempt of Congress and even impeachment of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein were floated by members of the committees.
New reports of DOJ/FBI compliance with document requests are NOT accurate. While they have turned over additional documents, the new documents represent a small percentage of what they owe.
The notion that DOJ/FBI have been forthcoming with Congress is false.
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) June 23, 2018
Last week, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, a California Republican, warned there would be “there will be hell to pay” if the documents weren’t turned over to congressional investigators.
“We can’t force the resignation, but we can hold in contempt, we can pass resolutions, we can impeach. I think we’re getting close to there,” Nunes said in an appearance on Fox News.
He also said that if any of the records were withheld, they would “begin to take action against the Justice Department and FBI.”
Meanwhile, Rep. Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican, said he was willing to take action on the House floor if the documents didn’t get turned over.
“We either have compliance, we have partial compliance or we have noncompliance,” Gowdy said.
“And Paul (Ryan) made it very clear; there’s going to be action on the floor of the House this week if the FBI and DOJ do not comply with our subpoena request. So Rod Rosenstein, Chris Wray, you were in the meeting, you understood him just as clearly as I did. We’re going to get compliance or the House of Representatives is going to use its full arsenal of constitutional weapons to gain compliance,” Gowdy added.
That, apparently, compelled action.
In addition to the documents, the DOJ also made Nunes aware of a classified letter sent to the committee regarding “confidential human sources” that the FBI had used prior to beginning the Trump-Russia probe.
The House Intelligence Committee has been seeking information on the propriety of human intelligence used against the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, including an informant used to gather information on the campaign and the particulars of the Steele Dossier, which was funded in part by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the DNC and was used to obtain a search warrant against Trump campaign functionary Carter Page.
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