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Nunes, Gowdy to get classified briefing on Mueller documents

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) will receive a classified briefing on Thursday related to documents pertaining to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. 

Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) told The Hill that the committee chairmen “are going to get access” to the documents Nunes has demanded in connection to Mueller’s probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Fox News reported that the committee chairmen will visit the Justice Department for the the briefing.

{mosads}The classified briefing reportedly follows a meeting at the White House on Tuesday between Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, his deputy and White House chief of staff John Kelly.

Nunes has requested and filed a subpoena for heavily classified documents that relate to Mueller’s probe.

However, the Justice Department has been hesitant to comply with his request, warning that turning over the material could risk lives.

Nunes questioned that argument, saying on Sunday in an appearance on “Fox & Friends” that his request did not refer to an individual.

Nunes went on to suggest that “the only thing left to do” is hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt for failing to produce the documents.

Conservative Republicans have taken aim at the Justice Department during the Russia probe, which they say is moving too slowly amid criminal charges and guilty pleas for President Trump’s associates. Lawmakers have criticized Rosenstein, who is overseeing the Mueller investigation after Sessions recused himself, of being slow to fulfill document requests.

A group of conservative representatives have even drafted eight articles of impeachment against Rosenstein. The articles make a series of charges against Rosenstein and question his credibility, reputation and fitness to serve. 

Tags Chris Stewart Devin Nunes Donald Trump Jeff Sessions John Kelly Robert Mueller Rod Rosenstein Russia Investigation Special Counsel investigation Trey Gowdy
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