(National Sentinel)Â Gauntlet: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes is preparing to sue the FBI and Department of Justice if both agencies continue to stall in turning over requested documents unredacted.
According to investigative journalist andÂ Fox News contributor Sara Carter, the Calfornia Republican is specifically calling on FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to hand over documents that are related to the committee’s Russia probe.
In a letter, Nunes warned that their lack of response and compliance to a subpoena issued by the committee on Aug. 24, 2017,Â could result inÂ â€œthe Committee pursuing all appropriate legal remedies, including seeking civil enforcementâ€ in a federal district court.
Wray and Rosenstein have until April 11 to respond, Nunes stated in his letter.
Carter reported further:
The request for the un-redacted version of the originating â€œelectronic communicationâ€ is new and it reveals that the committee is looking into the FBIâ€™s initiation of the investigation into alleged collusion between President Trump and Russia in the 2016 presidential election. The document would be a detailed report of the FBIâ€™s reasoning to move forward with the investigation into the Trump campaign after the bureau was informed by Australian authorities of a conversation Trump campaign advisorÂ George Papadopoulos had with one of their diplomats at a London bar.
â€œThis is a key document in getting the whole thing started,â€ a congressional official with knowledge of the investigation told Carter. â€œThe DOJ and FBI are attempting to keep us from seeing an un-redacted copy of it.â€
The Nunes letter follows the issuance last month of a subpoena to the Justice Department from House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., requesting documents related to the FBI’s probe into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
â€œTo this date, the Department has only produced a fraction of the documents that have been requested,â€ Goodlatte wrote in a letter to Rosenstein.
â€œGiven the Departmentâ€™s ongoing delays in producing these documents, I am left with no choice but to issue enclosed subpoena to compel production of these documents,â€ Goodlatte continued.
Byron York of theÂ Washington ExaminerÂ reported that AttorneyÂ Jeff Sessions became angry over the FBIâ€™s slow-walking of documents to congressional investigators, which resulted in aÂ subpoena.
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