Nunes threatens to 'impeach' Wray and Rosenstein

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesOvernight Health Care: Official defends suspending insurer payments | What Kavanaugh's nomination means for ObamaCare | Panel approves bill to halt employer mandate House panel advances bill that would temporarily halt ObamaCare's employer mandate Nunes leaves in middle of hearing following questions on Russia probe MORE (R-Calif.) said Tuesday that he will seek to "impeach" FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinCarl Bernstein: Recent indictments show Mueller probe is 'not a witch hunt' Gowdy rules out Rosenstein impeachment Five things to watch for in Trump-Putin summit MORE if they decline to hand over the document used to launch the FBI's probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

"I can tell you that we're not going to just hold in contempt, we will have a plan to hold in contempt and impeach," Nunes said on Fox News's "The Ingraham Angle."

Asked host Laura Ingraham if he was serious about impeaching Wray, Nunes replied: "Absolutely."

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Nunes appeared exasperated on Tuesday with the FBI's refusal to turn over to the intelligence committee an unredacted version of the two-page document used to justify the law enforcement investigation into the Trump campaign's contacts with Moscow.

The New York Times reported in December that the investigation was launched after U.S. officials received a tip that George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios Papadopoulos5 revelations from Mueller's indictment of Russians in DNC hack Top Dem displays posters of ‘guilty’ subjects in Mueller probe Did FBI get bamboozled by multiple versions of Trump dossier? MORE, a former Trump campaign adviser, had been told that Moscow had damaging information on 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton to Trump ahead of Putin summit: 'Do you know which team you play for?' 10 things we learned from Peter Strzok's congressional testimony Get ready for summit with no agenda and calculated risks MORE.

That report contradicted claims by several Republican lawmakers that the FBI probe was based on a controversial opposition research dossier authored by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele.

Steele's work was commissioned by the private research firm Fusion GPS, which was paid for in part by the Clinton campaign.

Nunes vowed on Tuesday to get the document from the FBI and set a Wednesday night deadline for it to be handed over.

"We are going to get the document. We are going to get the two pages," he said. "So they can either cough them up now, or it will get really complicated starting tomorrow night, and we'll have to take all the steps necessary in order to get the document."

--Updated at 11:30 a.m.