Rosenstein, Wray pressed Ryan to narrow Nunes document request: report

Rosenstein, Wray pressed Ryan to narrow Nunes document request: report
© Getty

Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinWashington still needs more transparency House Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week MORE and FBI Director Christopher Wray met with House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan researched narcissistic personality disorder after Trump win: book Paul Ryan says it's 'really clear' Biden won election: 'It was not rigged. It was not stolen' Democrats fret over Trump-district retirements ahead of midterms MORE (R-Wis.) this week to request that Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee narrow the scope of a document request, according to a Politico report.

The committee had issued a request for documents and witness interviews related to the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. In the meeting with Rosenstein and Wray, Politico reported, Ryan suggested that the department release the full trove of requested documents.

The two sides eventually reached a deal, and Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesLIVE COVERAGE: Ways and Means begins Day 2 on .5T package Biden faces unfinished mission of evacuating Americans Nunes sues MSNBC, alleging Rachel Maddow defamed him MORE (R-Calif.), the chairman of the Intelligence Committee, announced that the Justice Department had agreed to "provide the committee with access to all the documents and witnesses" it had requested. 

ADVERTISEMENT

The meeting, which came at the request of Rosenstein and Wray, came as some congressional Republicans step up their criticism about the Justice Department's handling of the Russia probe, which, in particular, is looking at possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for Ryan, told Politico that the speaker "always expects the administration to comply with the House’s oversight requests, and he will support his chairmen when they make them."

Some Republican lawmakers have raised questions about partisanship in the Russia probe and whether investigators are unfairly targeting President TrumpDonald TrumpJulian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy Overnight Energy & Environment — League of Conservation Voters — Climate summit chief says US needs to 'show progress' on environment Five takeaways from Arizona's audit results MORE. Democrats, on the other hand, have accused Republicans of trying to protect the White House from a probe into potential wrongdoing.