House Intel chairman planning contempt resolution against FBI, DOJ officials: report

House Intel chairman planning contempt resolution against FBI, DOJ officials: report
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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesFreedom Caucus lawmakers call on DOJ to probe Rosenstein allegations Indictments show the need for Mueller investigation to continue Overnight Health Care: Official defends suspending insurer payments | What Kavanaugh's nomination means for ObamaCare | Panel approves bill to halt employer mandate MORE (R-Calif.) is moving quickly to file a contempt resolution against top FBI and Justice Department officials for failing to turn over documents he requested over the summer, as part of the panel's ongoing Russia probe, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

The contempt resolution will target FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein over “outstanding documents” related to an August subpoena he issued that asked for records related to the controversial Russia dossier.

The dossier, a compiled set of memos, contained unverified and salacious allegations about President Trump's ties with Moscow.

The California lawmaker has since filed more subpoenas requesting interviews with the top two law enforcement officials, Wray and Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsHomeland Security advisory council members resign over family separations: report Once a Trump critic, Ala. rep faces runoff with his support Ryan: 'The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally' MORE, according to the report.

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Nunes is also interested in talking to Peter Strzok, an FBI counterintelligence expert who has been in the center of controversy since being fired by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading his own probe into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

Mueller fired Strzok, who worked as the No. 2 agent on the FBI's probe of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense: Trump tries to quell Russia furor | GOP looks to reassure NATO | Mattis open to meeting Russian counterpart Dem pollster: GOP women have a more difficult time winning primary races than Dems Mellman: (Mis)interpreting elections MORE’s email server, for allegedly sending text messages critical of President Trump, The Washington Post reported, citing multiple sources familiar with the matter.

The Justice Department reportedly signaled to Nunes this week that they would make Strzok and others officials available for interviews, but Nunes said that is just one step towards satisfying his information requests, telling the newspaper “we have a long way to go.” 

In the past, the Justice Department has pushed back on Nunes’s assertion that they have not cooperated.

A spokesman for Nunes told the newspaper on Tuesday that “barring an imminent breakthrough” with the department, he would move forward with the contempt resolution.

While Nunes stepped back from the Russia investigation earlier this year after making a secret trip to the White House to view documents he told reporters revealed inappropriate "unmasking" of transition team officials, his latest involvement in the contempt resolution indicates he has not fully removed himself from the going-ons of the investigation.