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POL GOP Preps Contempt Resolution For Top FBI, DOJ Officials After Missed Monday Deadline
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    GOP Preps Contempt Resolution For Top FBI, DOJ Officials After Missed Monday Deadline

    The House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday will begin writing a resolution holding top FBI officials in contempt of Congress after the agency missed a Monday deadline to turn over key evidence the committee has been seeking for months.

    “We are moving forward with the contempt resolution,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told the Washington Examiner Tuesday morning. He added that the panel is still negotiating with FBI and Justice Department officials to get the requested documents.

    Nunes has accused the FBI and Department of Justice of a “months-long pattern … of stonewalling and obstructing this committee's oversight work.”

    Those accusations boiled over during the weekend, after stories were leaked to the New York Times and Washington Post saying that FBI agent Peter Strzok, a key investigator in the Trump-Russian probe, was removed from the Russia probe after exchanging text messages critical of Trumpto another FBI agent he was involved with romantically. Republicans had been seeking information about why he was removed, but were never told anything by FBI or Justice Department directly.

    Nunes had also been seeking information about the FBI and Justice Department's use of the Steele dossier, which contains damning but unverified information about President Trump.

    But the Strzok leak was the last straw, and Nunes announced Saturday he has ordered committee staff to begin drafting a contempt of Congress citation for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and for FBI Director Christopher Wray unless they complied with the panels’ requests for information by the close of business on Monday.

    After the story broke, Nunes said, the FBI and Justice Department agreed to make some of the witnesses available, but are still withholding many documents and other evidence the Intelligence panel is seeking, an aide said.

    Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said the department has given the panel hundreds of pages of classified documents and multiple briefings, and has now allowed Strzok and FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to meet with the panel.
    While committee aides will start writing the contempt resolution Tuesday, Nunes has not set a date for the panel to consider the contempt charges.

    If approved by the committee, the resolutions of contempt would be sent to the House floor for consideration, but only if Speaker Paul Ryan chooses to bring them up. One GOP source said Ryan supports the contempt resolution.

    Contempt of Congress resolutions approved by the House are referred to the the Justice Department, but they are relatively rare.

    The House voted in 2012 to hold then U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for withholding documents sought by the House Oversight Committee on the DOJ’s “Fast and Furious” operation that resulted in thousands of U.S. guns ending up in the hands of Mexican drug dealers.

    These resolutions also are not always effective. For example, the Justice Department elected not to prosecute Holder over the contempt charge.

    2012 the House voted to hold AG Eric Holder in contempt and the DOJ responded by giving them the finger. Big show for the spectators (taxpayers) but successfully buried by the swamp . Let's see how far a contempt citation goes with the Trump administration after some swamp draining.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    North of Cincinnati
    These resolutions also are not always effective. For example, the Justice Department elected not to prosecute Holder over the contempt charge
    True, but that was when it was filled with the...previous administration's... flunkies. This time it could be different.
    Somewhere in the clouds, Your peak is shining, Have courage and go

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    From Yesterday:

    DOJ To Hand Over Official's Anti-Trump Texts, Amid Contempt Threat
    But not likely to die free

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    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    I would pay to see the House Sergeant at Arms and the U.S. Marshall's bring them in with handcuffs on. Would be a great first step to see that Justice is no longer 'just us'.
    What is the lake of fire? What is it's purpose? Is the lake of fire eternal hell? Is there any hope of escape for those cast into this lake?

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    Jul 2005
    Happy on the mountain
    I have contempt for Congress too.

    Are they going to arrest me?
    The wonder of our time isn’t how angry we are at politics and politicians; it’s how little we’ve done about it. - Fran Porretto


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