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CNN: White House Stonewalling Congress on Records Related to Russia Investigation

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By    |   Monday, 25 September 2017 11:23 AM

President Donald Trump's administration has missed numerous deadlines for giving records related to the investigation into Russian election meddling to Congress, CNN reports.

Three congressional committees involved in the investigation into Russia have requested "scores of documents" from the White House involving the firing of former FBI director James Comey and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner's security clearance, among others, according to CNN's Manu Raju and Jeremy Herb.

Meanwhile, the Senate Judiciary Committee "is in a growing standoff" with Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, over the Justice Department preventing two senior officials from the FBI from giving eyewitness accounts of Comey's firing to congressional investigators.

Simultaneously, the House intelligence committee's leading members have accused the White House of refusing to work with the panel, and threatened to hold public hearings on the lack of cooperation from the DoJ on documents that show the FBI's connection with the British intelligence agent who assembled a dossier on Trump's alleged connections with Russia.

"The White House's refusal to answer Congress in full and truthfully raises serious questions about the White House's intent, including the potential that it is misleading Congress," Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the ranking Democrat on the committee, told CNN in an email Saturday. "The White House must fully comply immediately; if it does not, the committee should, on a bipartisan basis, subpoena the records."

Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, who's leading the investigation into Russian election interference, and Schiff issued a statement in June requesting that the White House "appropriately and fully comply" with their request for any tapes or recordings of Trump's conversations with Comey, after the president tweeted that the former FBI director "better hope" none exist. Trump later claimed that he did not record their conversations, according to Politifact.

The intelligence committee has scheduled a hearing on "document production," for Thursday "which could lead to a public showdown" between Schiff, the DoJ and the FBI, according to CNN.

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President Donald Trump's administration has missed numerous deadlines for giving records related to the investigation into Russian election meddling to Congress, CNN reports.
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