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House intel committee threatens DOJ, FBI with contempt in Russia election meddling probe

Washington Times

House Republicans could draft a resolution to hold Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray in contempt of Congress as soon as Monday for failure to turn over documents sought as part of an intelligence committee investigation.

The move comes after what House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes describes as months of stonewalling on the part of the Justice Department and the FBI as his panel sought access to records related to federal investigators’ use of the salacious Trump dossier compiled by British ex-spy Christopher Steele.  

Mr. Nunes said the agencies suddenly became more forthcoming with some information when it was reported over the weekend that special counsel Robert Mueller had removed one of the FBI’s top Russian counterintelligence investigators from his team after an internal probe found the agent had sent messages that showed possible bias for Hillary Clinton and against President Trump.

According to the special counsel’s office, Peter Strzok, who led the investigation of Mrs. Clinton’s email server in 2016, left the special counsel’s team last summer. He sent the text messages to Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer who also left the Mueller investigation this past summer.

“The DOJ has now expressed — on a Saturday, just hours after the press reports on Strzok’s dismissal appeared — a sudden willingness to comply with some of the Committee’s long-standing demands,” Mr. Nunes said. “This attempted 11th-hour accommodation is neither credible nor believable, and in fact is yet another example of the DOJ’s disingenuousness and obstruction.”

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