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House Intel to Draft Contempt of Congress Against DOJ Leaders

House Intel to Draft Contempt of Congress Against DOJ Leaders
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. (Susan Walsh/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 05 December 2017 11:43 AM

The House Intelligence Committee said it is taking action because the FBI has failed to provide the panel several pieces of evidence it is seeking related to the Russia investigation.

Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told the Washington Examiner the committee will put together a contempt of Congress resolution for Department of Justice leaders starting Tuesday because of the bureau's failure to meet a deadline Monday.

"We are moving forward with the contempt resolution," Nunes said.

If completed, the resolution would target Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray.

The House Intelligence Committee is leading one of several probes into Russia's involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, which includes looking at whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, the circumstances around President Donald Trump's firing of James Comey as FBI director, and more.

The FBI said it will allow FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and special agent Peter Strzok to testify in front of the committee. Strzok made headlines over the weekend because he was taken off the bureau's Russia investigatory team due to anti-Trump messages he sent to a colleague.

On Monday, it was reported that Strzok also played a role in the Hillary Clinton email investigation and was the person responsible for changing Comey's statement about the case to say Clinton was "extremely careless" rather than "grossly negligent."

Nunes told the Examiner his panel continues to discuss with the FBI the turning over of documents it has requested. If the content of Congress resolution is finalized and approved in the committee, it will head to the House floor. The Examiner reported that House Speaker Paul Ryan supports the idea of drafting the document.

The Russia investigation took another turn last Friday when former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

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