In what could be simultaneously one of the most interesting and serious dissents between Congress and the FBI over the controversial Trump dossier, the House Intelligence Committee has issued subpoenas to both the FBI and DOJ to hand over all documents linked to the dossier, the FBI’s relationship with Christopher Steele, the author of the dossier, and the Bureau’s suspected role in backing what is believed to have been an extensive and thorough research to undermine candidate Trump during last year’s presidential election
The FBI and DOJ were given until Sept. 1 to respond to the subpoenas. However, both departments failed to do so, and as a result of that, now the committee is targeting individual officials.
“We got nothing,” commented Congressman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who is leading the committee’s investigation into Russia. “The witnesses have not been produced and the documents have not been produced.”
As a response, according to the Washington Examiner, the committee has now extended the deadlines on the two subpoenas to September 14 and has issued two additional ones: to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, demanding that the two appear before the committee and explain why their agencies had failed to comply.
“A subpoena is a tool of last resort in Congress,” said a frustrated Trey Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor, who spoke to the Examiner.
“I’m sure you’re noting with the same irony I’m noting the difficulty that a Republican Congress is having getting information from a Department of Justice run by Jeff Sessions,” the South Caroina congressman added.
GOP Congressman Devin Nunes, the chairperson of the panel, said he will hold both Sessions and Wray in contempt of Congress if they continue their noncompliance with the issued subpoenas.
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