Meadows: 'Floor Action' Is Next, After FBI Refuses Document Request

By Susan Jones | June 26, 2018 | 5:44am EDT
Rep. Mark Meadows chairs the conservative House Freedom Caucus. (Photo: Screen capture/C-SPAN)

( - Now that another deadline has come and gone without the FBI and Justice Department giving Congress the documents it has subpoenaed, it's up to Congress to act, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, told Fox News's Laura Ingraham Monday night.

"Well, I think the next thing is floor action for all of us," Meadows said.

Meadows noted that House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) "made a promisse" last week, that if the FBI and DOJ didn't turn over all of the requested information by last Friday, "we would see floor action this week. I'm waiting for him to follow through on that commitment," Meadows said.

Floor action could include a "sense of the Congress" resolution, a contempt of Congress citation, or eventual impeachment.

On Sunday, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House intelligence committee, extended the document production deadline to 5 p.m. yesterday (Monday).

In a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein dated June 24, Nunes asked whether the FBI used informants against members or associates of the Trump campaign, and if so, how many informants were used and how much did they cost?

The response to Nunes' letter came Monday night from Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd.

“With respect to your question concerning the use of confidential human sources, the FBI already has responded to this request, including in a classified written response to this question on Friday June 22, 2018,” Boyd wrote.

Boyd also noted that many of the documents requested by the House intelligence committee pertain to “confidential human sources that are solely in the custody and control of the FBI,” and therefore the FBI has an “obligation to protect” those sources and methods.

Meadows scoffed at Boyd's reply:

"The one good thing that the FBI and DOJ is very good at is creative writing. You know, any time you would suggest that we have all the documents, when we have tens of thousands of documents that have not been delivered -- As we speak right now, we have a valid subpoena that has not been really responded to appropriately, and it's 97 days and ticking. And so for them to suggest that we have everything is just factually incorrect."

On Friday night, the FBI sent two letters, one of them classified, to the intelligence committee, addressing "many of the questions outlined in the Committee's outstanding subpoenas," Nunes said.

But those two letters have "raised more questions than answers," Nunes wrote on Sunday. "These questions include whether the FBI and Department of Justice leadership intend to obey the law and fully comply with duly authorized congressional subpoenas."

Although the FBI did provide many documents to the committee last week, Nunes said those documents don't address "the most important piece," which is, "did you or did you not run informants in the Trump campaign especially before the investigation even began?"

A week ago Sunday, Nunes said there would be "hell to pay" if the FBI and DOJ continue to refuse the release of subpoenaed documents:

“But I can tell you that it’s not going to be pretty,” Nune said. “We can hold in contempt. We can pass sense of Congress resolutions. We can impeach. And, look, and I think we're getting close to there, right? I mean, if they don't have good reasons why they haven't provided us this information, the American people's patience has run out. My patience has run out."

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