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 NunesThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears ‘Fox & Friends’ host asks if McCabe opening FBI probe into Trump was attempt to ‘overthrow government’ Nunes says GOP lawmakers looking through Russia transcripts, will make DOJ referrals 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 SessionsThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight The Memo: Trump and McCabe go to war McCabe book: Sessions once said FBI was better off when it 'only hired Irishmen' MORE, according to the report.


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 ClintonSanders expected to announce exploratory committee next week Bernie Sanders records announcement video ahead of possible 2020 bid Overnight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants 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.