What is going on with the Justice Department and why do they refuse to comply with congressional subpoenas unless they are threatened with consequences? Well, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has lost patience with them and is now pushing to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt of Congress if they don’t comply.
The House Intel Committee has been looking at whether the Obama administration and the FBI abused FISA in order to spy on the Trump team during the campaign. Something you would think that the Sessions DOJ would want to get to the bottom of. But they have delayed for months.
Nunes appeared on Fox on Sunday.
From Fox News:
“On Thursday we discovered that they are not going to comply with our subpoena,” Nunes said on “Fox and Friends Sunday,” he said adding, “the only thing left to do is we have to move quickly to hold the attorney general of the United States in contempt and that is what I will press for this week.”
Two weeks ago, Nunes sent to Sessions a classified letter, which he said was not acknowledged, and then he sent a subpoena.
Nunes says he’s tired of excuses.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise backed him up.
.@SteveScalise: “I strongly support the work that Chairman Nunes and his entire committee have been doing to uncover the truth and hold the Department of Justice accountable.” pic.twitter.com/CS4wS501ST
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 6, 2018
“I have deeper and deeper concerns the more I see some of this, not only the stonewalling, but what’s been in some of these memos,” said Scalise. “We’re also trying to get a lot of other information from the Department of Justice about this investigation, and everything that we uncover raises even deeper concerns about the direction.”
According to Fox host Maria Bartiromo, the DOJ is claiming that they have responded.
As Fox News has reported, Nunes called the FBI and Justice Department redaction of his committee’s Russia report “excessive and sloppy.” The House committee’s report found that FBI agents “did not detect any deception during [Michael] Flynn’s interview.”
Flynn, who pleaded guilty to a single count of making “false, ficitious or fraudulent” statements to the FBI under Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian probe, served as President Trump’s national security adviser.
“This just cannot continue where we don’t get information in a timely manner. Like I said, everything we have tried to get they tried to stop us from getting,” Nunes said.
It’s been months and they need to get the information.
The big question is if Sessions is in charge why is he not complying?