Justice Dept to offer House key documents in Russia probe

Justice Dept to offer House key documents in Russia probe
© Greg Nash

The House and Justice Department reached a deal Wednesday night to provide the probe into Russian election meddling long-sought documents and access to key witnesses. 

The deal was reached after FBI Director Christopher Wray and 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 made a surprise visit to House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanJuan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Cheney takes shot at Trump: 'I like Republican presidents who win re-election' Cheney allies flock to her defense against Trump challenge MORE (R-Wis.).

It was announced by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesThree key behind-the-scenes figures in Jan. 6 probe Pentagon watchdog finds NSA properly sidelined GOP operative hired as top lawyer News organizations, journalists ask court to review decision on Nunes lawsuit MORE (R-Calif.), who had sought the information and threatened more drastic action if his panel continued to be denied access to the information. 

"After speaking to Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein this evening, I believe the House Intelligence Committee has reached an agreement with the Department of Justice that will provide the committee with access to all the documents and witnesses we have requested," Nunes said in a statement. "The committee looks forward to receiving access to the documents over the coming days.”

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Nunes has in recent months lashed out against the Justice Department over its failure to respond to requests for the documents, suggesting the department was doing so deliberately. 

“At this point it seems the DOJ and FBI need to be investigating themselves,” Nunes wrote in a letter to Rosenstein last week.

A small group of GOP members have suggested the FBI used the documents, found in a controversial dossier of salacious allegations about the president, in order to launch an investigation into Trump.

The House Intelligence Committee is one of multiple congressional committees conducting separate investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Nunes recused himself from his committee’s probe earlier this year.

Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyBipartisan lawmakers target judges' stock trading with new bill Another voice of reason retires Overnight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — FDA moves to sell hearing aids over-the-counter MORE (R-Iowa), who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, has engaged in a back and forth with officials from Fusion GPS, the research firm behind the dossier. 

Fusion GPS executives recently testified before three congressional committees about the dossier.