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 RosensteinTrump blasts Mueller, decries 'witch hunt' at 2020 launch Trump blasts Mueller, decries 'witch hunt' at 2020 launch Trump: I didn't fire Mueller since firings 'didn't work out too well' for Nixon MORE made a surprise visit to House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTrump says Democrats are handing out subpoenas 'like they're cookies' The unexpected shadow of 1994, 25 years later Addressing climate change is a win for Republicans — why not embrace it? MORE (R-Wis.).

It was announced by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesHillicon Valley: Hacker group targeted electric grid | House Democrats press CBP over facial recognition program | Senators offer bill to protect health data | Groups file FCC complaint over carriers' use of location data Hillicon Valley: Hacker group targeted electric grid | House Democrats press CBP over facial recognition program | Senators offer bill to protect health data | Groups file FCC complaint over carriers' use of location data Lawmakers grapple with deepfake threat at hearing 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 GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOvernight Health Care: Trump officials defend changes to family planning program | Senators unveil bipartisan package on health costs | Democrats pass T spending bill with HHS funds Overnight Health Care: Trump officials defend changes to family planning program | Senators unveil bipartisan package on health costs | Democrats pass T spending bill with HHS funds Grassley announces opposition to key Trump proposal to lower drug prices 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.