Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) chairs the House intelligence committee (Photo: Screen capture/C-SPAN)
(CNSNews.com) – Simple question: “Did the FBI use informants against members or associates of the Trump campaign and if so, how many informants were used and how much money was spent on their activities?”
But the answer remains elusive, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), chairman of the House intelligence committee, said in a June 24 letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
In addition to information about FBI informants, Nunes wants to know whether FBI Director Christopher Wray or Rod Rosenstein is responsible for complying with the committee’s subpoena requests.
In his latest letter to Rosenstein, Nunes said he wants answers to those two questions by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 25, 2018.
On Friday night, the FBI sent two letters, one of them classified, to the intelligence committee, addressing “many of the questions outlined in the Committee’s outstanding subpoenas,” Nunes said.
But those two letters have “raised more questions than answers,” Nunes added. “These questions include whether the FBI and Department of Justice leadership intend to obey the law and fully comply with duly authorized congressional subpoenas.”
Nunes is frustrated that the Justice Department has so far restricted access to subpoenaed documents to the “gang of eight,” which includes only eight top members of Congress.
“[T]his is unacceptable,” he wrote on Sunday.
Nunes now wants to see transcripts or summaries of conversations between “human source(s) and Trump campaign officials,” but Rosenstein apparently has referred that request to the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.
Nunes said such a response “does not relieve the FBI and DOJ from full compliancewith the Committee’s subpoena.”
“For more than a year, the Committee has been struggling to get the DOJ, including the FBI, to comply with duly issued subpoenas,” Nunes wrote.
“In many instances, information provided to the Committee has been incomplete, and the Committee is later told that additional responsive information was not provided because it was not specifically requested. The Committee, however, should not be required to ask ‘the magic question’ in order to obtain all relevant and responsive documents that have already been compelled.”
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