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Nunes rips DOJ for failure to release Trump-Russia dossier documents

Nunes rips DOJ for failure to release Trump-Russia dossier documents
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California Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesJuan Williams: Trump, the Great Destroyer The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Citi — Latest on Hurricane Michael | Trump, Kanye West to have lunch at White House | GOP divided over potential 2020 high court vacancy Senate Dem: Trump's 'fake, hyperbolic rantings' an insult to real Medal of Honor recipients MORE (R), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, wrote a letter Thursday to Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinRosenstein says Mueller probe is 'appropriate and independent' The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump requests Turkey's evidence on missing journalist | Takeaways from Texas Senate debate | Key Mueller findings could be ready after midterms Mueller to present key findings related to Russia probe after midterms: report MORE accusing the Justice Department of ignoring subpoenas sent to the agency by the Intelligence Committee back in August.

In the letter dated Dec. 28, the California Republican accuses the agency of ignoring his requests for information pertaining to the Steele dossier, a dossier of unverified information linking President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing MORE to Russia compiled by a former British intelligence agent.

Nunes called the Department of Justice's (DOJ) response to subpoenas sent in August for the information "disingenuous at best."

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"Shortly before my meeting with you in early December, DOJ subsequently located and produced numerous FD-302s pertaining to the Steele dossier, thereby rendering the initial response disingenuous at best," Nunes wrote.

FD-302s are FBI forms used to report on interviews conducted.

"Given the content and impact of these supposedly newly-discovered FD-302s, the Committee is no longer able to accept your purported basis for DOJ's blanket refusal to provide responsive FBI Form FD-1023s--documenting meetings between FBI officials and FBI confidential human sources-or anything less than full and complete compliance with its subpoenas," Nunes added.

Republicans on the intelligence committee and elsewhere have honed in on the Steele dossier in recent weeks, seeking to know whether it was used as an excuse by the Obama administration to spy on the Trump campaign. On Thursday, Nunes subpoenaed an associate to Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMcConnell: GOP could try to repeal ObamaCare again after midterms Comey donates maximum amount to Democratic challenger in Virginia House race Live coverage: McSally clashes with Sinema in Arizona Senate debate MORE (R-Ariz.), who first reported the document to the FBI.

Nunes continued to attack Rosenstein and the Justice Department later on in the letter, writing that DOJ's decision to ignore his subpoenas represented a broader pattern of unacceptable behavior by top officials in the agency.

"Unfortunately, DOJ/FBI's intransigence with respect to the August 24 subpoenas is part of a broader pattern of behavior that can no longer be tolerated," Nunes wrote. "At this point it seems the DOJ and FBI need to be investigating themselves."

Nunes was forced to recuse himself from the House Intelligence Committee's Russia probe earlier this year after the House Ethics Committee began looking into his handling of classified information involved in the investigation, which was taken over by Texas Rep. Mike ConawayKenneth (Mike) Michael ConawayLawmakers fail to pass annual intel bill after key Dem objects House Intel votes to release Russia transcripts Russia probe accelerates political prospects for House Intel Dems MORE (R).