Nunes sets new deadline for DOJ on use of FBI informant

Nunes sets new deadline for DOJ on use of FBI informant
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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald Nunes10 declassified Russia collusion revelations that could rock Washington this fall Juan Williams: Trump, his allies and the betrayal of America Trump expected to nominate Texas GOP lawmaker to replace Dan Coats: report MORE (R-Calif.) is demanding the Justice Department tell him by Monday evening whether the FBI used confidential informants “against” members or associates of the Trump campaign.

Nunes, in a Sunday letter, also asked Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Rosenstein10 declassified Russia collusion revelations that could rock Washington this fall Why the presumption of innocence doesn't apply to Trump McCabe sues FBI, DOJ, blames Trump for his firing MORE whether he or FBI Director Christopher Wray is “responsible for compliance with the Committee’s subpoenas.”

Nunes is giving Rosenstein until 5 p.m. on Monday to provide the requested information, the latest in a string of deadlines he has placed on the Justice Department.

A small cadre of House Republicans, led by Nunes, have been wrangling for months over documents related to the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, which includes probing possible ties between Trump's campaign and Moscow. They have accused the department of stonewalling Congress.

In a pair of letters turned over late Friday night, the FBI revealed that it had handed over thousands of new documents to lawmakers probing the origins of what is now special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE’s investigation.

But although House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanSoaring deficits could put Trump in a corner if there's a recession Paul Ryan moving family to Washington Embattled Juul seeks allies in Washington MORE (R-Wis.) said that lawmakers were “finally getting access” to the documents they had requested — calling a Justice Department request for more time “reasonable” — Nunes on Sunday said the bureau’s latest responses “raised more questions than answers.”

“These questions include whether the FBI and Department of Justice leadership intend to obey the law and fully comply with duly authorized congressional subpoenas,” Nunes wrote.

Among the information Nunes is seeking is documentation on the use of a confidential informant in the early stages of the investigation into the campaign. The use of such sources is common in counterintelligence investigations, but the revelation of the source and his role has ignited outrage on the right. President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE and his allies have characterized the man as a “spy” planted there by the FBI to undercut his campaign.

The Justice Department has resisted providing information on the informant to the whole of Congress, arguing that it would needlessly expose sensitive sources and methods and endanger lives. It has limited briefings to the Gang of Eight — the top Republican and Democrat in each chamber, as well as the top Republican and Democrat on each of the Intelligence committees.

Nunes on Sunday blasted that limitation as “unacceptable” and said that “the alleged referral of the ‘Committee’s request for transcripts or summaries of conversations between human source(s) and Trump campaign officials’ to the Director of National Intelligence does not relieve the FBI and DOJ from full compliance with the Committee’s subpoena.”

Trump has threatened to involve himself in the dispute over the documents related to the investigation into his own campaign — something critics have said risks a dangerous politicization of the Justice Department. Previous presidents have sought to maintain at least the appearance of an independent Justice Department.

“I have tried to stay uninvolved with the Department of Justice and FBI (although I do not legally have to), because of the now totally discredited and very expensive Witch Hunt currently going on,” Trump tweeted Monday morning.

“But you do have to ask why the DOJ & FBI aren’t giving over requested documents?”

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