Kirsters Baish| Republican California Representative/House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes appeared this Father’s Day on “Sunday Morning Futures” with Maria Bartiromo. Representative Nunes explained to Bartiromo that the heads of the Department of Justice have until this coming Monday to hand over all documents that have been subpoenaed… or they will have “hell to pay.”
Representative Nunes explained, “The deadline is this week. So if documents begin to be turned over tomorrow and a clear way and path forward for everything else is not clear here in the next couple of days there’s going to be hell to pay by Wednesday morning… All of the members of the House of Representatives are going to start taking action against the Department of Justice and FBI.”
Bartiromo questioned, “Taking action meaning contempt of Congress?”
To which Nunes answered, “Well that’s just one of many options but I can tell you that it’s not going to be pretty.”
On June 13, Fox News reported:
Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday that an upcoming Justice Department briefing on documents concerning the FBI’s alleged use of an informant linked to President Trump’s 2016 campaign does not satisfy an April 30 subpoena.
In a letter sent to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and signed by all 13 GOP members, the committee wrote that the DOJ limiting the briefing to the so-called “Gang of Eight” was “unacceptable and an affront to the oversight powers of the House of Representatives.”
Nunes sat down with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Wednesday evening. During the conversation Nunes stated that “people in America should be alarmed” by the way the Justice Department has tried “to hide information.”
“How do you get to misleading Congress? By taking this information that we’ve been legally asking for – a legal subpoena that we’re trying to enforce and you now move it upstairs and you go, ‘Oh, no, no, this is now going to be super top-secret information that we’re only going to give to the Gang of Eight.’ That’s what’s happening here,” Nunes insisted.
When Nunes refers to the “Gang of Eight,” he is speaking of the Democrat and Republican leaders in Congress’ two houses in addition to top Senate and House intelligence panel lawmakers.
The committee stated, “[T]he use of the ‘Gang of Eight’ to limit congressional access to intelligence information applies only to covert action activities approved and reported by the President. The documents subpoenaed … are not covert action materials and as DOJ has represented are classified at the SECRET level. The DOJ’s continued reliance on this inappropriate legal construct can only be understood as an intentional means to limit our constitutional oversight duties.”
The Fox report explains:
Last week, Nunes set a June 12 deadline for the Justice Department to hand over documents related to the alleged informant to all committee members “and designated staff.” A DOJ official said last week that Thursday’s scheduled briefing would include new materials and “documents that were available for review but not inspected by the members at the previous briefing [in May].”
Conservative Republicans in the House repeatedly have pressed for documents and questioned the Justice Department’s conduct in the Russia investigation.
Nunes also stated to Hannity that his patience with Rod Rosenstein “has run out.”
Nunes went on, “I already wanted to move to [hold Rosenstein in] contempt months ago. The speaker of the House believes that he can work with DOJ and we’re going to continue to try to work that path … And now it’s really up to the leadership of the House and the president of the United States in order to make sure that our subpoena gets complied with.”