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Rosenstein lets Nunes, Gowdy review Federal Bureau of Investigation memo that kick-started Russian Federation probe

12 April 2018, 03:15 | Justin Tyler

Trump-backing GOP leaders ramp up criticism of Rosenstein: He should be held in 'contempt of Congress'


Prominent congressional Republicans are publicly arguing for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to be held in "contempt of Congress" over special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

On Tuesday night, Rep. Nunes (R-CA) told Fox News host Laura Ingraham that he has reached a "boiling point" with both Rosenstein and Wray over the electronic communication, which is due Wednesday evening. "We are going to get the two pages", he said. Facing legal action, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein allowed House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., to view the FBI memo that instigated the bureau's counterintelligence investigation of contacts between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, Nunes confirmed on Wednesday. The Times reported that actions by former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos prompted the investigation.

A congressional official, with knowledge of the ongoing committee investigation, said: "it is one-hundred percent certain that the committee will escalate the matter in a way they won't like if the deadline is missed".

"We are going to get the document. We will have a plan to hold in contempt and to impeach".

"Absolutely", he replied. "We're not messing around here".

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee has been seeking an unredacted version of the document which marked the beginning and formal basis of the FBI's investigation of the Trump campaign on allegations it aided Russia's interference in the 2016 election. In a letter to Nunes early this month Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote his department is working in a "manner consistent with relevant legal precedents".

Boyd also addressed House Speaker Paul Ryan, who has shown his support for Nunes regarding the Committee's requests for the documents.

Rosenstein seemingly relented, providing a minimally redacted copy of the EC to Nunes and Gowdy.

Nunes issued subpoenas and fought for the release of the document.

"House Intel Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) privately told several colleagues today that it's time for House GOP to hold Rosenstein and Wray in contempt of Congress, should they refuse to hand over requested docs, according to two people familiar with the discussions", reported Washington Post national political reporter Robert Costa. But while the Justice Department had allowed access to other documents, they had stonewalled on allowing access to the document that started the FBI's Trump-Russia investigation, even after repeated meetings, phone calls, and emails.

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