DOJ delivers Russia probe documents to Congress

DOJ delivers Russia probe documents to Congress
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The Department of Justice (DOJ) has given additional classified documents related to the Russia investigation to House Republicans, some of whom said the materials are insufficient. 

A spokeswoman for Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanSenate Dems build huge cash edge in battlegrounds Kelly lobbied Republicans to rebuke Trump after Putin press conference: report Lobbying world MORE (R-Wis.) told The Associated Press that officials provided more than 1,000 documents related to the origin of the FBI’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. 

AshLee Strong told the news service that the DOJ will receive additional time to provide other outstanding documents requested by House Republicans.


Additionally, the DOJ wrote to 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.) on Friday notifying him that it had sent a classified letter to his committee about whether the FBI used “confidential human sources” before formally starting the Russia investigation, according to the AP.

The letter relates to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want to use 'adversary' to describe Russia Comey urges Americans to vote for Democrats in midterms Roby wins Alabama GOP runoff, overcoming blowback from Trump criticism MORE’s claims that the FBI embedded an informant in his campaign in 2016. He has dubbed the unfounded claim “spygate,” despite multiple Republicans saying they found no indication of wrongdoing by the FBI.

Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsFreedom Caucus lawmakers call on DOJ to probe Rosenstein allegations House GOP questions FBI lawyer for second day Five GOP lawmakers mulling bid to lead conservative caucus MORE (R-N.C.) indicated on Saturday that the additional documents did little to diffuse tensions between lawmakers and DOJ officials.

"New reports of DOJ/FBI compliance with document requests are NOT accurate. While they have turned over additional documents, the new documents represent a small percentage of what they owe," Meadows, who leads the conservative House Freedom Caucus, tweeted.

"The notion that DOJ/FBI have been forthcoming with Congress is false," he added.

Nunes, Meadows and other conservative lawmakers have been harshly critical in recent months of the Justice Department and its handling of the Russia probe. He and other conservatives have eagerly pursued access to DOJ documents.

While the conservative lawmakers have received thousands of documents from the agency, they say they have not been able to review key documents nor have they received as many documents as they've requested, leading to rising tensions between Republicans and federal officials.

Some have also threatened to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinDespite clarification, Trump's Russia remarks put intel chiefs in tough spot More than 100 civil and human rights groups call on Senate to reject Kavanaugh Freedom Caucus lawmakers call on DOJ to probe Rosenstein allegations MORE, which Rosenstein has brushed aside.