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 RyanThree-way clash set to dominate Democratic debate Krystal Ball touts Sanders odds in Texas Republicans pour cold water on Trump's term limit idea MORE (R-Wis.) on Tuesday said he hasn't spoken to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesTwitter won't disclose who's running parody accounts being sued by Devin Nunes Nunes campaign drops lawsuit against constituents who accused him of being a 'fake farmer' Judge asks Twitter for information on Devin Nunes parody accounts MORE (R-Calif.) about his call to hold Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsHouse Democrats seeking Sessions's testimony in impeachment probe McCabe's counsel presses US attorney on whether grand jury decided not to indict US attorney recommends moving forward with charges against McCabe after DOJ rejects his appeal 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 ScaliseOn The Money: Senate panel scraps vote on key spending bill amid standoff | Democrats threaten to vote against defense bill over wall funding | Trump set to meet with aides about reducing capital gains taxes Overnight Energy: House moves to block Trump drilling | House GOP rolls out proposal to counter offshore drilling ban | calls mount for NOAA probe House GOP rolls out energy proposal to counter Democrats offshore drilling ban 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 McCarthyTrump touts Washington Post story on GOP support Pence extends olive branch to Cummings after Trump's Baltimore attacks Marijuana industry donations to lawmakers surge in 2019: analysis 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.