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DeSantis: Contempt of Congress Complaint Likely in Dossier Demand

(Fox Business' "Mornings With Maria")

By    |   Tuesday, 02 January 2018 02:15 PM

Contempt of Congress complaints are likely this week if Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein does not meet a Wednesday demand to produce, in full, documents related to an opposition research dossier on President Donald Trump, Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., said Tuesday.

The complaints will be filed against the FBI and Justice Department, if Rosenstein does not comply by Jan. 3, DeSantis told Fox Business' "Mornings With Maria" anchor Maria Bartiromo.

"I think we will move forward with some type of contempt in Congress. The American people deserve answers on this."

Last Thursday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said in a letter to Rosenstein it "seems the DOJ and FBI need to be investigating themselves."

He also complained information and witnesses subpoenaed last August related to the dossier, including unverified allegations about Trump's connections with Russia, have not yet been turned over.

"You need to have effective oversight . . . these are critical issues and they need to be given to the Congress," DeSantis said Tuesday.

The congressman also noted Hillary Clinton's former top aide, Huma Abedin, had forwarded state passwords to her personal Yahoo email account in the months before the email provider suffered a massive hacking attack, and that some of those emails contained classified information, such as passwords.

"In normal cases there would be repercussions," DeSantis said. "That's been problems with the whole Clinton matter, you see things happening and the FBI and the Justice Department treated it differently than they would almost any other time. There's going to be a big IG report coming out, I'm not sure it would be as strong as I would like to see but clearly there were problems with this."

In addition, all the information has not yet been released concerning FBI agent Peter Strzok, DOJ official Bruce Ohr, or other matters concerning the growing dossier scandal, said DeSantis.

The congressman also discussed Trump's support of protesters in Iran, noting the president had chosen a different path about dealing with Iran's leaders than former President Barack Obama, whose philosophy was different on the Middle Eastern country.

"We have to follow President Trump's lead on this," DeSantis said. "We have to stand with demonstrators in Iran. They are fighting against what, I think, is illegitimate government. Islamist tyranny and by the way, has a lot of American blood on and they were behind with Hezbollah."

The congressman also discussed growing minimum wages in his home state, where the wages have gone up by 15 cents to $8.25 an hour at the first of the year.

"That's part of an initiative that was added to the state constitution many years ago, so it provides for the periodic increases," he said. "It's something that businesses have known about for a long time and I think have been able to price it in."

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If Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein does not meet a Wednesday demand to produce, in full, documents related to an opposition research dossier on President Donald Trump, Rep. Ron DeSantis said contempt of Congress complaints are likely.
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