DOJ and FBI Contempt of Congress charges were recommended by the House Intel Committee legal counsel due to their failure to cooperate in providing Trump dossier docs
The segment opens with Fox News’ Bret Baier describing a situation which, if we hadn’t been witnessing the first year of President Trump’s obstructive DOJ and FBI in action, nobody who voted for him would have imagined to be possible.
Baier says, “House investigators seek contempt citations against the FBI and the Justice Department over the probe into the so-called dossier on then-candidate Trump. Again, contempt against the FBI and DOJ.” The fact that it is the Trump FBI and DOJ makes it particularly troublesome.
Reporter James Rosen references an internal House memo from approximately three weeks ago in which the senior counsel for the House Intelligence Committee urged Devin Nunes, the Republican chairman, to pursue contempt of Congress citations against the Department of Justice and the FBI.
He says, “Congressional investigators accuse those agencies of withholding key documents and an FBI witness that could shed light on whether US officials under [pretend] ‘president’ Obama relied on the infamous anti-Trump dossier to justify surveillance against associates of Donald Trump.”
Chairman Nunes states in an interview, “We’re trying to work with DOJ and the FBI, we hope that they will comply. But if they don’t they leave us very few options.” He notes, “We sent subpoenas out in June, July and August that still haven’t been complied with. So I think stonewalling would be putting it lightly.”
Rosen points out that over the past eight months GOP lawmakers have been attempting to obtain relative documents, including a subpoena issued on August 24th in probing whether Comey and other FBI officials who received the dossier used it as the basis for surveillance requests with the FISA court.
Rosen plays a clip of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan at least appearing to be working towards obtaining the documents, stating that he’s reported to be working behind the scenes to advance the case. Ryan said a month ago, “We’ve had these document requests with the administration and the FBI in particular for a long time and they’ve been stonewalling.
Nunes’ legal counsel acknowledged the continued obstructionism by the DOJ and the FBI and wrote that “Staff therefore recommends further congressional compliance actions.” That is “code for contempt citations,” says Rosen.
In what sounds like a recording made during the Obama era, Rosen quotes the DOJ as stating they “have been very cooperative with the Nunes panel, consistent with national security and law enforcement responsibilities. Those qualifiers on the end are how they are able to claim cooperation while continuing to be obstructive and withhold the requested information.
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