When you’re seeking information that was subpoenaed from a government agency and the documents were not produced and handed over pursuant to a deadline, what are your options?
In other words, if you are chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and you subpoenaed the documents from the FBI and DOJ but they have not complied, who are you going to send to knock down doors and retrieve those documents?
Recently, the FBI and the DOJ used the “strong arm of the law” to conduct a raid on Michael Cohen, personal attorney for President Donald Trump.
A referral apparently was forwarded from the special counsel Robert Mueller to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein who then referred it on to the U.S Attorney of the Southern District of New York.
The U.S AG then executed search warrants which gave the FBI the go ahead to conduct the raid. During the raid, privileged attorney-client information, among other information was allegedly seized.
Can we expect that Nunes will be able to effectuate the same type of raid on the offices of the FBI and DOJ?
We all know the answer to that question. No!
There has been an ongoing battle for months between Nunes and other Republican members of Congress in attempting to secure vital documents from the FBI and DOJ which are connected to the Russian investigation.
Nunes among other things, is simply asking to know what was the impetus behind the investigation.
Nunes wrote to Wray and Rosenstein earlier this month demanding that the document known as an Electronic Communication be turned over.
The Electronic communication is an internal FBI document that states the basis for the counterintelligence investigation into Trump’s campaign.
What Nunes received was a heavily redacted version. Nunes wants to see an unredacted document.
Nunes set a deadline of Wednesday for the documents to be produced. The documents were initially subpoenaed in August 2017.
Nunes threatened legal action against the FBI and DOJ if they did not comply.
Nunes told Fox New’s Laura Ingraham on Monday:
“We’re not going to just hold in contempt. We will have a plan to hold in contempt and to impeach.”
“We’re not messing around here. They’re going to give these documents,” said Nunes.
“They have a responsibility to give us documents when we ask for them,” he added. “At the end of the day, we’re going to win on this, and it’s just a matter of how tough they’re going to make it for Congress to actually do our job under the Constitution.”
Now, it appears that Nunes’ determination has paid off.
Late Wednesday, Rosenstein finally allowed Nunes and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) to see the two-page FBI memo that was the catalyst for the bureau’s counterintelligence investigation of contacts between Russia and the Trump campaign.
Nunes issued the following statement:
“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.”
A government source told Fox News that Nunes, Gowdy and committee Republican staff members were able to read the memo with “minimal and justified” redactions.
A Justice Department official told Fox News that the memo’s redactions had been:
“narrowly tailored to protect the name of a foreign country and the name of a foreign agent… These words must remain redacted after determining that revealing the words could harm the national security of the American people by undermining the trust we have with this foreign nation.”
He added the words “appear only a limited number of times, and do no [sic] obstruct the underlying meaning of the document.”
In conclusion, the source said, “With this production, in conjunction with the 1,000 pages of classified materials—much of which is now being provided to entire [House Intelligence] committee membership—we believe we have substantially satisfied Chairman Nunes August subpoena in an appropriate fashion. The Department will be pleased to continue to work with the Committee on other, related requests for information.”
Fox News previously reported that the two-page memo was either drafted by or had significant input from FBI agent Peter Strzok who was hired and then reassigned by Mueller after an anti-Trump text message was discovered between him and his alleged girlfriend, Lisa Page.
Were Nunes’ questions answered by the receipt of the two-page memo?
The government source told Fox News that committee Republicans remain concerned about the underlying intelligence of the memo and the credibility of the sources which will require additional investigation.
Why does it seem like Nunes is a one man army in the GOP?
Maybe because he is?
Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) are too busy getting chummy with Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Chris Coons (D-D.E.) working on a bipartisan bill that would prevent the firing of conflict ridden Mueller.
The bill would give “any special counsel a 10-day window in which he or she could seek expedited judicial review of a firing.”
The bill would likely not pass so why do it?
To ridicule the President, pander to the Liberal Left and hope if you decide to run for President in 2020 that the voting masses will see you as a hero?
These RINOs need to be voted out!
Nunes on the other hand is seeking the truth.
As he has said on numerous occasions, he would be the first to tell the American public if there was any shred of evidence of Russian collusion concerning Trump.
Nunes is one Californian that is doing what he can to get to the bottom of the truth despite how useless and deep the swamp may be.
Pray for him and support his efforts!
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