Ryan declines to back calls to hold Sessions in contempt

Ryan declines to back calls to hold Sessions in contempt
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Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanEx-White House spokesman Raj Shah joins Fox Corporation as senior vice president Trump quietly rolled back programs to detect, combat weapons of mass destruction: report Ocasio-Cortez top aide emerges as lightning rod amid Democratic feud MORE (R-Wis.) on Tuesday said he hasn't spoken to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesHouse passes annual intelligence bill Democrats' opposition research got exposed — this time, not by the Russians GOP consultant sued by Nunes asks for help paying legal costs MORE (R-Calif.) about his call to hold Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage House gears up for Mueller testimony Trump's no racist — he's an equal opportunity offender MORE in contempt of Congress, but did call on the Justice Department to release classified documents related to the Russia investigation.

"We expect the administration to comply with our document requests as a matter of form for the executive branch and our legislative branch oversight," Ryan said. "So I haven't spoken with Devin about this, we have a thorough process we go through, but we clearly expect the administration to honor our document requests."

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Other members of GOP leadership have also expressed concern over the Justice Department's decision to withhold the information but stopped short of calling for Sessions to be held in contempt. 

"The Department of Justice has to turn over the documents that Congress has requested, and they've seen a lot of serious questions raised about what we've uncovered so far," House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseThe Memo: Fears of violence grow amid Trump race storm Democrats call for increased security after 'send her back' chants Democratic strategist on Trump tweets: 'He's feeding this fear and hate' MORE (R-La.) said Monday. "So, I'm not sure what they have to hide, but they have to comply with the law just like everybody else."

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyThe Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants History in the House: Congress weathers unprecedented week EU official in Canada says he feels 'at home' there because no one was shouting 'send him back' MORE (R-Calif.) said "there's a frustration with a lot of members" on how long the investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election has been taking and the Justice Department's refusal to comply with the subpoena.

"I'd like to see the information come to the House," he said.

Nunes said during an appearance on “Fox & Friends" Sunday that "the only thing left to do" is hold Sessions in contempt after concluding the Justice Department isn’t going to comply with his request for documents pertaining to the special counsel’s Russia investigation.