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Trump renews attack on Justice Department

President TrumpDonald TrumpRomney blasts end of filibuster, expansion of SCOTUS McConnell, GOP slam Biden's executive order on SCOTUS US raises concerns about Iran's seriousness in nuclear talks MORE lashed out on Monday at the Justice Department on Twitter, accusing the department and the FBI of “slow walking” documents requested by lawmakers to Congress.

“So sad that the Department of ‘Justice’ and the FBI are slow walking, or even not giving, the unredacted documents requested by Congress,” Trump tweeted. “An embarrassment to our country!”

Conservative lawmakers in the House have subpoenaed the Justice Department for documents in the course of an investigation into what Republicans say is potential abuse and criminality at the department during the 2016 presidential race. 

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Democrats have described the probe, led by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteBottom line No documents? Hoping for legalization? Be wary of Joe Biden Press: Trump's final presidential pardon: himself MORE (R-Va.) and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey GowdyTrey GowdyPompeo rebukes Biden's new foreign policy The Hunter Biden problem won't go away Sunday shows preview: Joe Biden wins the 2020 election MORE (R-S.C.), as a partisan distraction aimed at muddying the waters around special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE's investigation into President Trump's campaign and Russia.

Specifically, GOP lawmakers want to see a tranche of more than a million documents examined by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who is conducting a parallel probe into decision-making during the 2016 race.

FBI Director Christopher Wray recently announced the bureau was doubling the number of personnel working to respond to the document requests, to 54 staffers working in two shifts from 8 a.m. to midnight. Lawmakers have received about 3,000 documents so far.

The tweet, sent out the morning after Easter, is the latest salvo in Trump’s ongoing criticism of the Department of Justice. He has previously tweeted that the reputation of the FBI is “in tatters.”

It comes just days after Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings Biden administration should resist 'slush-fund' settlements Garland should oppose Biden effort to reinstate controversial 'slush funds' practice MORE informed lawmakers that, for now, he will not be ceding to Republican demands for a second special counsel to investigate a swath of allegations related to the department's conduct during the presidential race.

Trump's attacks on the Justice Department have made even some Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill uncomfortable. Gowdy called the president's rhetoric “not helpful" in a recent interview with The Hill.

But Republicans believe there is evidence that bias crept into decisions made in both the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPelosi planned on retiring until Trump won election: report Pence autobiography coming from Simon & Schuster Amanda Gorman makes the cover of Vogue MORE’s use of a private email server and the counterintelligence probe into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

They point to a series of text messages between two FBI employees who worked in some capacity on both probes as evidence of anti-Trump bias within the department. The messages were critical of Trump and other political figures during the campaign. 

House conservatives celebrated the recommendation by an internal FBI department that handles personnel matters that Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeJohn Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges Carter Page sues over surveillance related to Russia probe McCabe defends investigation of Trump before Senate committee: We had 'many reasons' MORE, a longtime GOP target, be dismissed for allegedly misleading investigators.

And lawmakers have also raised alarm bells about allegations of surveillance abuse raised by a controversial memo authored by staff for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesRepublican rips GOP lawmakers for voting by proxy from CPAC What good are the intelligence committees? CPAC, all-in for Trump, is not what it used to be MORE (R-Calif.).

“What would be most helpful would be say is, it is the world’s premier law enforcement agency, it’s had a rough 18 months, [but] we’re gonna get to the bottom factually,” Gowdy said.

Horowitz is expected to issue a report on his investigation into the matter this month.