Meadows: Subpoenas in Russia probe 'forthcoming in days'

Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight Winners and losers in the border security deal GOP braces for Trump's emergency declaration MORE (R-N.C.) said Thursday that lawmakers will issue subpoenas “in days” to compel individuals to testify over their involvement in the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

“What we’re continuing to find … is additional information from DOJ and FBI that has literally been hidden from Congress’s oversight role for nine months,” Meadows said on Hill.TV’s “Rising.”

“So we’re at the point where the frustration has reached a level that we’ve got to deal with it,” he continued. “Issuing subpoenas to compel people to come in and testify — some of them who really I think want to testify, want to make sure that we clean this up — will be actually forthcoming in days where we’ll get them to come in."

Meadows, who leads the House Freedom Caucus, has been among the most vocal lawmakers in his criticism 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.

Meadows and Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanWhite House, GOP defend Trump emergency declaration Rod Rosenstein’s final insult to Congress: Farewell time for reporters but not testimony House conservatives blast border deal, push Trump to use executive power MORE (R-Ohio) introduced a legislative measure last week seeking to compel the DOJ to comply with outstanding congressional subpoenas related to the FBI's decisionmaking during the 2016 election, including its handling of the probe into 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFBI’s top lawyer believed Hillary Clinton should face charges, but was talked out of it Harris adds key Clinton aide, women of color to 2020 campaign: report Democrats more likely Trump's foil, than to foil Trump MORE's use of a private email server while secretary of State.

Meadows and other conservatives have been rebuffed by the DOJ in their document requests this year, creating a rift between lawmakers and federal officials.

Lawmakers have requested the materials as part of an ongoing effort to uncover alleged bias within the FBI and DOJ against President TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice Department preparing for Mueller report as soon as next week: reports Smollett lawyers declare 'Empire' star innocent Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration MORE.

— Brett Samuels