One day after Devin Nunes, chairman of the House's intelligence committee, threatened to oust FBI director Christopher Wray and deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, the Ministry of Justice handed over the document that opened the investigation into the Russian office in 2016
] Nunes, a California Republican, had requested an unrevised version of the document by Wednesday afternoon, and the Department of Justice provided a number of editorial offices deemed necessary for national security The cooperation was said to have been working and said the document would support "ongoing investigations" by the Department and FBI Committee.
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"I would like to thank Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein for his cooperation today," he said
Nunes had threatened late Tuesday to challenge Waire's and Rosenstein's impeachment if they failed to comply with his demands, an extraordinary one Escalation of tensions underscoring the eroding relationship between the House Intelligence Committee and the Department of Justice.
"I will not just despise," Nunes said on Fox News. "We will have a plan to despise and accuse him."
Nunes was furious with the agencies when he tried to obtain the two-page document that the FBI used to initiate its investigation of Trump's Russia contacts. This document, reported by the New York Times in December, revealed that the investigation was initiated for a secret intelligence tip that George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy adviser to the campaign, had revealed to an Australian diplomat that Russia had received negative material about Hillary Clinton [Theundercommitmentallegesthattheinvestigationwasinitiatedasaresultofacontroversialso-calleddossiercompiledbyChristopherSteeleaformerBritishspywhoseworkwasindirectlyfundedbytheClintoncampaignandwhodismissedPresidentDonaldTrumpasFictionApreviouslyclassifiedMemoreleasedinFebruarybyTrump'sHouseIntelligenceCommitteewithapprovalfromTrumplaterconfirmedthattheFBIbeganitsRussiainvestigationbasedoninformationprovidedbyPapadopoulos
But Nunes says the FBI has refused to return an unrevised version of the Papadopoulos document, despite a subpoena and demands dating back to August. He set a new deadline for Wednesday and told presenter Laura Ingraham that the decision to disrespect and impeach would depend on Wray and Rosenstein meeting the deadline.
An official of the Ministry of Justice said that the document was submitted to Congress only a handful of redactions intended to disguise the name of a foreign country and a foreign agent.
"These words must be concealed after finding that the revelation of words could undermine the national security of the American people by undermining confidence. This foreign nation," said the official.
The official said the Ministry of Justice, through the document and the provision of 1,000 pages of additional classified material, "adequately satisfied the summons of Chairman August Augustus." In his statement, Nunes noted that this summons continue to be in force.
An attempt to sue two high officials in the Ministry of Justice – both appointed by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the Senate – would have been an extraordinary confrontation between Congress and the Federal Criminal Police Office. Several of Nunes & # 39; colleagues had advocated holding Rosenstein and Wray in disregard of the congress.
Democrats claim that Nuese's aggressive stance toward Rosenstein and Wray was a darker element: giving Trump a reason to remove her.
"The threat of Chairman Nunes with contempt and impeachment serves intimidating purposes to intimidate DOJ and FBI to give the President an excuse to fire Deputy Attorney Rosenstein and FBI Director Wray and undermine Special Advisers [Robert] Mueller & # 39; s investigation, "said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. "The Chairman's rhetoric is a shocking and irresponsible escalation of the GOP's attacks on the FBI and the DOJ."
Schiff said the Department of Justice has already passed on extensive information, including sensitive material related to the Russia investigation Unprecedented process involving a move by Trump to decode information about the FBI's objections.