House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes threatened to sue the Department of Justice and the FBI this week over their continued refusal to release official documents related to the ongoing Russia probe.
Rep. Nunes sent a scathing letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein demanding the material; saying the officials failed to comply with subpoenas issued last month.
“On March 14th, 2018, Committee investigators were given access to a still heavily redacted version of the EC (FBI memo known as an electronic communication), which — as I informed Director Wray the next day via phone — was unsatisfactory,” Nunes wrote.
“On March 23, 2018, FBI’s Assistant Director for Legislative Affairs informed the Committee that FBI would refuse to further unredact the EC (FBI memo) based on its sensitivity. The document in question is not highly classified, and law enforcement sources have apparently not been shy about leaking to the press information that the Department and Bureau refuse to share with Congress,” he added.
“You are hereby directed to produce to the Committee, by Wednesday April 11, 2018, an unredacted version of the EC,” he concluded.
Read the full letter here.
DOJ DISGRACE: DOJ Official Concealed FUSION GPS PAYMENTS from Department
Newly released documents show Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr failed to disclose payments made from shady opposition firm Fusion GPS to his wife; neglecting to obtain the necessary “waiver” that a member of his family was acting on behalf of the Democratic party in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.
According to the Daily Caller, Ohr didn’t disclose his wife’s relationship with Fusion GPS -which was conducting research on behalf of the Democratic National Committee- to the Justice Department’s ethics panel; raising serious questions over his role behind the organization’s infamous ‘Trump Dossier.’
“The omission may explain why Ohr was demoted from his post as associate deputy attorney general after the relationship between Fusion GPS and his wife emerged and Fusion founder Glenn Simpson acknowledged meeting with Ohr. Willfully falsifying government ethics forms can carry a penalty of jail time, if convicted,” writes the Daily Caller.
Ohr’s omission comes as Congressional leaders struggle to determine the extent to which Fusion GPS, dossier author and former British spy Christopher Steele, and senior Obama officials interacted in the weeks leading up to the 2016 race for the White House.
Read the full article at the Daily Caller.
DOJ Searching Trove of Texts from Anti-Trump Agent
The Department of Justice is rummaging through “over 10,000 texts” between the FBI agent recently demoted from Robert Mueller’s investigation for his “anti-Trump bias” and his counterparts at the special counsel’s office.
DOJ officials tell Fox News they’re currently sifting through 10,000 text exchanges to determine the extent of Strzok’s bias, and whether his personal opinions of President Trump impacted his ability to impartially conduct his investigation.
Peter Strzok was secretly re-assigned to the FBI’s Human Resources Department earlier this year after Robert Mueller was informed of his Trump-hating text exchanges with other investigators.
The revelation of anti-Trump operatives inside the special counsel’s office prompted an immediate response from GOP leaders and officials; questioning Mueller’s ability to properly investigate allegations of Russian-Trump collusion throughout the 2016 presidential race.
They’re not the only ones.
The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board published a scathing op-ed piece on Thursday, citing the text exchanges and other mistakes as irreparably damaging the special counsel’s office and demanding Mueller’s immediate resignation from the investigation.