The moles on capitol hill had an especially busy night last night, managing to scamper off with a copy of Devon Nunes’ freshly written letter to Rod Rosenstein. They left the confidential memo, showing just how furious the GOP head of the House Intelligence Committee is with the Department of Justice, on a desk at Fox News.
Subpoenas are not something to casually ignore. Nunes makes a point of spelling out that obstructing justice, by intentionally withholding relevant evidence from congressional investigators, is itself a crime. “It seems the DOJ and FBI need to be investigated themselves,” he writes.
Every day, Nunes is more convinced that made-up stories were used to justify wiretap warrants, allowing Obama and his cronies to spy on Trump and pass the information along to Hillary, as election day got ever closer. Instead of Trump and the Russians, more and more hard evidence points to Obama, Hillary, and the DNC as the ones trying to tilt the scales.
Worse yet, high ranking officials at the FBI and Department of Justice have been outed as extremely biased in favor of Clinton and willing to do anything in their power to prevent Trump’s election. Failing that, they were already plotting sabotage from within after he took office. All of this has surfaced in hearing after hearing on the hill this month.
Nunes (R-Calif.) and the Intelligence Committee have been looking into “Russian interference” in last year’s election. Evidence has been steadily trickling out that Special Prosecutor Mueller’s so-called independent investigation, going on in parallel with the Committee probe, is based entirely on a collection of wild stories. Mueller’s key piece of evidence is a “dossier” compiled by ex-spy Christopher Steele, who was paid directly by Hillary’s campaign and the DNC, through cut-out lawyers and Glenn Simpson’s company, Fusion-GPS.
In August, the Intelligence Committee issued subpoenas for records related to all interviews the FBI did as part of their investigation. The Committee didn’t get any. The reason for yesterday’s letter, Nunes writes, is “the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s failure to fully produce responsive documents… in compliance with the subpoenas issued over four months ago.”
The Department of Justice didn’t simply ignore the requests for interview summaries, they flat-out lied to the committee and said there weren’t any. “Several weeks ago, the DOJ informed the Committee that the basic investigatory documents demanded by the subpoenas, Form FD-302 interview summaries, did not exist.”
Nunes caught them dead to rights with their hand still in the cookie jar when he and his committee grilled Rosenstein like a steak earlier this month. “However, shortly after meeting with you in early December, DOJ subsequently located and produced numerous FD-302s pertaining to the Steele dossier.” Apparently, Rosenstein’s memory got jogged a little by the heated interrogation.
Nunes uses polite diplomatic language but the meaning is clear. When they said there weren’t any interviews, they lied. Not only were there interviews, they involved senior officials actively involved in Mueller’s witch hunt. “As it turns out, not only did documents exist that were directly responsive to the Committee’s subpoenas but they involved senior DOJ and FBI officials who were swiftly reassigned when their roles in matters under the committee’s investigation were brought to light.”
Nunes isn’t going to stand for any more sand-bagging. Not only does he want the summary reports, he wants the full documentation of “meetings between FBI officials and FBI confidential human sources” that appears on another form, FBI Form FD-1023. Nunes warns he won’t accept “anything less than full and complete compliance.” He wants it all, he wants it now and he won’t stand for more excuses. “Accordingly, DOJ and the FBI are instructed to promptly produce to the Committee no later than January 3, 2018, ALL outstanding records identified as responsive.” He put the “ALL” in caps to emphasize how angry he is.
Along with the laundry list of records, Nunes wants Rosenstein to come up with a list of January dates to make a handful of crucial witnesses available for direct interrogation by the committee.
DOJ Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr heads the list. He had an office down the hall from Rosenstein until recently. He was reassigned when it leaked that he held secret meetings last year with both Christopher Steele and Glenn Simpson while his wife, Nellie, also worked for Simpson’s company, Fusion GPS.
Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, the co-worker Strzok was having an affair with, are next up. The pair exchanged a treasure trove of pro-Clinton, anti-Trump text messages both during the election, while Strzok was investigating Hillary’s email server, and later when they both served on Mueller’s inquisition. The complete collection of emails, not just the select ones recently provided to congressional investigators, is also on Nunes’ list of demanded documents.
FBI general counsel James Baker, FBI lawyer Sally Moyer, and the FBI’s congressional liaison, Greg Brower will also take a turn under the hot lights.
One new piece of information just came to light as a result of last night’s leak. The list of requests mentions a meeting “involving a lawyer working on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe that was held in April.” That meeting would have been between Justice Department lawyer Andrew Weissman and members of the media. Weissman is currently part of the Mueller witch hunt.
Nunes has already publicly instructed his staff to start drafting “contempt of Congress” resolutions naming Rosenstein and the FBI Director, Christopher Wray, to have them ready to file if the goods aren’t produced by Wednesday.