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Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Justice Department Hands Over Russia Probe DOCUMENTS After IMPEACHMENT Threat
Photo by: Susan Walsh Jeff Mordock TheJustice Departmenthas handed over all of the documents requested by the House Intelligence Committee after a congressman threatened to impeachFBIDirector Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney GeneralRod Rosensteinover the delay.
A Justice Department official said the documents, related to the FBI’s probe of the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia, were turned over Wednesday. That was just before the deadline set by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, California Republican, who had threatened to impeach Mr. Wray and Mr. Rosenstein for failing to comply with an August subpoena for the documents.
The House Intelligence Committee had sought to obtain a two-page document based on reports that Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos told an Australian diplomat that Russia had compromising information on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. A subpoena was issued for an unredacted version of the document after ongoing requests since last summer were ignored.
In conjunction wth the requested documents, the Justice Department also turned over 1,000 pages of classified material, much of which will be provided to all of the Intelligence Committee’s members. The documents included redactions to protect the name of a foreign country and the name of a foreign agent, the official said. The official added that these words were necessary to protect national security, but only appear a limited number of times and do not blur the documents’ meaning.
Mr. Nunes issued the Wednesday deadline in an interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham.
“It will get really complicated after that,” he said.
When asked if he would impeach Mr. Rosenstein, the congressman replied, “We are not messing around here.”
In statement late Wednesday, Mr. Nunes confirmed that he and House Government Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, South Carolina, Republican, viewed the documents.
“During the meeting, we were finally given access to a version of the Electronic Communication that contained the information necessary to advance the Committee’s ongoing investigation of the Department of Justice and FBI,” he said. “Although the subpoenas issued by this Committee in August 2017 remain in effect, I’d like to thank Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein for his cooperation today.”