House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said late Monday that Congress is finally “getting closer and closer” to receiving the information demanded from the Department of Justice (DOJ) on two government investigations.
“Really where we are at, a lot of people ask, ‘Well what’s left?’ We still have information that we need from the Department of Justice,” Nunes said on Fox News’ “Hannity.” “However, I will say as of tonight we are getting closer and closer to having the information that we need.”
Nunes was referring to the FBI’s 2016 investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a home-brew email server to transmit and receive classified information and allegations that aides to President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Russian interests.
The Nunes panel, with the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the House Committee on the Judiciary, has been seeking and subpoenaing DOJ documents related to those investigations for months.
But the DOJ repeatedly has failed to comply fully with the congressional subpoenas and has often instead released heavily redacted versions of the documents, much to Nunes’ frustration.
House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and nine other House members even went so far as to introduce articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in July for his failure to comply fully with the subpoenas. The impeachment attempt ultimately went nowhere.
Although Nunes admitted that the DOJ eventually either allowed congressional investigators to review the subpoenaed documents or turned over many of them “in one form or fashion or another,” he warned that”in the big picture, we need these documents declassified.”
“That has to get done,” Nunes insisted. “There is still more that has to be done and we are, of course, months and months late.”
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