The House passed a resolution Thursday “insisting” that the Justice Department (DOJ) end its “non-compliance” with subpoenas and document requests required by investigation into potential violations of law.
H. Res. 970 “insists” that the DOJ turn over subpoenaed and requested by July 6, 2018:
“Resolved, That the House of Representatives insists that, by not later than July 6, 2018, the Department of Justice fully comply with the requests, including subpoenas, of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the subpoena issued by the Committee on the Judiciary relating to potential violations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act by personnel of the Department of Justice and related matters.”
The resolution, which passed by a vote of 226-183, notes that the DOJ has missed deadlines and provided duplicate information – and even when the DOJ did provide documents, it first redacted all probative information from them:
“The Department of Justice has missed document production deadlines, produced duplicative pages of information, and redacted pages to the point where they contain no probative information.”
The DOJ’s refusal to properly and fully turn over the information sought has put the Justice Department in a state of “non-compliance” with a subpoena, the resolution concludes:
“Compliance with this letter and subpoena has to date been limited to briefings and access to supporting documents, which have not been provided to all of the Members and cleared staff of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence;
“The exclusion of the Members and cleared staff from access to these briefings and supporting documents amounts to non-compliance with the April 30 subpoena.”
While the resolution makes no mention of any consequences of continued non-compliance beyond the July 6 deadline, Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) issued a statement following its passage, declaring that “the House will go to whatever lengths required” to gain the information it is demanding:
“This resolution is a clear message to the DOJ that the U.S. House of Representatives is determined to see that these documents are provided immediately.
“Even a single page from these missing documents could be critical to the ongoing Congressional investigation and should also be taken as a signal that all options within our Constitutional purview are on the table.
“Simply put, the House will go to whatever lengths required to bring the truth to light.”