House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) has a bizarre history with the Trump administration. He had to recuse himself from the investigation into the Trump campaign-Russia connection because he was under investigation for disclosing classified information to the press. Now, he has a hellish plan for the FBI and Department of Justice.
The Ethics Committee investigated him for taking classified information from the White House in a strange attempt to derail the Russian investigation. Yet, Nunes continues to interfere with the Intelligence Committee. He sent two people to London to interview the author of the famed dossier, Christopher Steele, without notifying any members of the committee.
The California representative also refused to give up his subpoena power as it related to the investigation. The Intelligence Committee Democrats never agreed to the recused chair retaining subpoena power. All of his actions have been suspect because of his relationship to Donald Trump. Nunes served as an intelligence adviser to the Trump campaign.
The representative’s latest tactic was to file a contempt resolution against top officials in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DOJ). He intends to file it “as quickly as possible,” according to The Washington Post.
Nunes asserts that the top federal law enforcement officials have not given the Intelligence Committee documents that he requested last summer. As a result, he plans to file a contempt resolution against the current FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
The representative sent a subpoena to them last August requesting information about the dossier. That dossier has a list of assertions that related to Trump’s trip to Moscow in 2013. Nunes’ subpoenas also extended to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The California representative demanded interviews with Wray and Sessions plus a list of other witnesses.
Nunes also claimed that the Obama administration improperly unmasked a member of the Trump transition team.
Now, Nunes wants to interview an FBI counterintelligence expert, Peter Strzok, who worked on the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server. Special Counsel Robert Mueller removed the agent from his team for exchanging negative texts about Donald Trump with a coworker with whom he was in a relationship.
The DOJ said it will make Strzok and others available to him, but Nunes said, according to the Washington Post:
‘We have a long way to go.’
Even though the representative recused himself from his committee’s investigation, he claimed that he did not mean to fully withdraw from it.
A Nunes spokesperson said that “barring an imminent breakthrough” with the DOJ, the representative intends to move forward with the contempt resolution. The problem is that he must first get the Intelligence Committee to agree. Then, he has to take the resolution before the whole House before it could go to the DOJ and court.
In 2012, the House passed a contempt resolution against AG Eric Holder because he did not release documents related to the government’s cross-border gun-walking program. The DOJ did not prosecute him.
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