Nunes Not Satisfied With FBI's Response to Subpoena: New Deadline Is 5pm Today

By Susan Jones | June 25, 2018 | 5:58am EDT
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) chairs the House intelligence committee (Photo: Screen capture/C-SPAN)

( - Simple question: "Did the FBI use informants against members or associates of the Trump campaign and if so, how many informants were used and how much money was spent on their activities?"

But the answer remains elusive, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), chairman of the House intelligence committee, said in a June 24 letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

In addition to information about FBI informants, Nunes wants to know whether FBI Director Christopher Wray or Rod Rosenstein is responsible for complying with the committee's subpoena requests.

In his latest letter to Rosenstein, Nunes said he wants answers to those two questions by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 25, 2018.

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 added. "These questions include whether the FBI and Department of Justice leadership intend to obey the law and fully comply with duly authorized congressional subpoenas."

Nunes is frustrated that the Justice Department has so far restricted access to subpoenaed documents to the "gang of eight," which includes only eight top members of Congress.

"[T]his is unacceptable," he wrote on Sunday.

Nunes now wants to see transcripts or summaries of conversations between "human source(s) and Trump campaign officials," but Rosenstein apparently has referred that request to the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

Nunes said such a response "does not relieve the FBI and DOJ from full compliancewith the Committee's subpoena."

"For more than a year, the Committee has been struggling to get the DOJ, including the FBI, to comply with duly issued subpoenas," Nunes wrote.

"In many instances, information provided to the Committee has been incomplete, and the Committee is later told that additional responsive information was not provided because it was not specifically requested. The Committee, however, should not be required to ask 'the magic question' in order to obtain all relevant and responsive documents that have already been compelled."

Appearing on "Fox & Friends" Monday morning, Nunes said based on past history, the FBI and DOJ "are probably not going to meet the deadline."

Although the FBI did provide many documents last week, 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?"

Nunes said if counterintelligence agencies are being used to target political campaigns, Congress needs to know it.

President Trump weighed in on the issue in a Monday morning tweet: "I have tried to stay uninvolved with the Department of Justice and FBI (although I do not legally have to), because of the now totally discredited and very expensive Witch Hunt currently going on. But you do have to ask why the DOJ & FBI aren’t giving over requested documents?

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