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 NunesBlack Caucus sees power grow with new Democratic majority Nunes's 2018 Dem challenger launches voting rights group Democrats: Concentrate on defeating, not impeaching MORE (R), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, wrote a letter Thursday to Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinBarr’s first task as AG: Look at former FBI leaders’ conduct 5 myths about William Barr William Barr's only 'flaw' is that he was nominated by Trump 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 TrumpCoast Guard chief: 'Unacceptable' that service members must rely on food pantries, donations amid shutdown Dem lawmaker apologizes after saying it's never been legal in US to force people to work for free Grassley to hold drug pricing hearing 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 McCainOvernight Health Care: HHS chief refuses to testify on family separations | Grassley to test GOP on lowering drug prices | PhRMA spends record on lobbying in 2018 Will a Democratic woman break the glass ceiling in 2020? Republican state lawmaker introduces bill that would tax porn to fund Trump's border wall 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 ConawayConservative leader Meadows condemns King comments 'in strongest sense' GOP takes victory lap around Pelosi after passing border wall bill House Intel votes to release Roger Stone transcript to Mueller MORE (R).