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 NunesDemocratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' House Democrats release second batch of Parnas materials Democratic lawmaker says Nunes threatened to sue him over criticism MORE (R), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, wrote a letter Thursday to Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinRosenstein says he authorized release of Strzok-Page texts Journalist alleging Obama administration spied on her seeks to reopen case Rosenstein on his time in Trump administration: 'We got all the big issues right' 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 TrumpKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Kaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court Louise Linton, wife of Mnuchin, deletes Instagram post in support of Greta Thunberg 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 McCainConservative activist wins contest to represent New Hampshire at Republican National Convention Schiff shows clip of McCain in Trump impeachment trial Martha McSally fundraises off 'liberal hack' remark to CNN reporter 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 ConawayLive coverage: Democrats, Republicans seek to win PR battle in final House impeachment hearing Laughter erupts at hearing after Democrat fires back: Trump 'has 5 Pinocchios on a daily basis' Live coverage: Schiff closes with speech highlighting claims of Trump's corruption MORE (R).