(CNSNews.com) - The House intelligence committee is still waiting for the Justice Department fulfill the committee's longstanding requests for documents related to the the FBI's Trump-Russia investigation, and the committee chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, warned on Wednesday that the foot-dragging in producing those documents is "the oldest trick in the book."
"I have to believe that the Department of Justice and the FBI, the people at the leadership, they are banking on a loss by the Republicans in the fall...because if the Democrats take control, they are going to drop all of this investigation," Nunes told Fox New's Sean Hannity Wednesday night.
Nunes said Republican-led committees will continue their investigation throughout the summer, even though Congress is not in session:
It's the oldest trick in the book. So, many of the bureaucracies here in Washington know how to wait out Congress. They know to try to plan meetings on a Friday when they know there's not votes, or on a Monday when there's not votes -- that's the time that they want to get things -- they wait.
They know that Congress is going to adjourn next week. And so, the more they delay for no reason -- we are waiting on many documents, as you know, we are getting very slow, snail-pace cooperation that is clearly designed to wait until next week when Congress adjourns.
Now, I have news for them. They're still going to get to come in and give depositions. They may think they're not going to, but they are going to be coming in and give depositions throughout the summer, and that's part of the 42 names that I sent to Chairman Gowdy and Chairman Goodlatte. So I have every expectation that there will be many opportunities for these 42 individuals to come to Congress, even though they have tried to wait us out.
And I think they'd love to see Republicans lose. And I say that, I don't want --I hate to say that, but I have to believe that the Department of Justice and the FBI, the people at the leadership, they are banking on a loss by the Republicans in the fall.
Which is why people have to understand how important it is going to be to get out and vote in this election to ensure that the members of Congress are returned that are actively involved to ensure -- because if the Democrats take control, they are going to drop all of this investigation. They are not going to do anything on this investigation.
In a July 5 letter to Reps. Trey Gowdy and Bob Goodlatte, the chairmen of the House Oversight and House Judiciary Committees, respectively, Nunes referred another 15 potential witnesses who “may have relevant information.”
Nunes has so far referred a total of 42 people to those committees for questioning.