The House Intelligence Committee got nowhere when it subpoenaed the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice in relation to the Trump dossier, an unsubstantiated intelligence report, originally published by BuzzFeed in January, which details a possible connection between President Donald Trump and Russia, including contact between Russian agents and Trump, along with allegations of lewd conduct.
The FBI and DOJ had until Sept. 1 to comply with the subpoenas. Both failed to do so, so now the committee is going after individual officials.
“We got nothing,” explained Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., the leader of the committee’s Russia probe. “The witnesses have not been produced and the documents have not been produced.”
Subpoenas have now been issued directly to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray, and the committee has also has extended the deadline of the original subpoenas to Sept. 14.
These subpoenas demand that the two explain, to the committee and in person, why the initial subpoenas were not fulfilled, according to a report from the Washington Examiner.
For months the committee has been seeking information on the FBI’s relationship to the dossier’s author, Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence agent.
Also of interest is the FBI’s possible role in the creation of the document and whether or not the document was presented as justification for a surveillance warrant.
Gowdy pointed out that the dossier is at the heart of the Russia investigation and that he therefore believes it is vital to know how the FBI vetted, contradicted or relied on the information the dossier provided.
The Senate Judiciary Committee has been pursuing these same questions, with the same results.
Gowdy notes that the subpoena is “a tool of last resort in Congress.” The repeated use of subpoenas indicates the growing frustration within the committee.
This frustration may be amplified by the fact that GOP stalwart Jeff Sessions is the attorney general.
“I’m sure you’re noting with the same irony I’m noting the difficulty that a Republican Congress is having getting information from a Department of Justice run by Jeff Sessions,” said Gowdy.
Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., chairman of the committee, has said he will hold Sessions and Wray in contempt of Congress if they do not comply with the subpoenas in full.
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source: Western Journalism