Nunes vows ‘hell to pay’ if Russia probe docs not turned over
WASHINGTON – GOP House leaders Sunday threatened “hell to pay” for top officials in the Justice Department and FBI if they fail to turn over documents this week related to their investigations into the 2016 presidential election.
“There’s going to be hell to pay by Wednesday morning,” Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.”
Nunes has requested documents related to the federal warrant against Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, which helped spark the probe into Russian campaign collusion with Team Trump.
If the Justice Department doesn’t turn over the documents starting Monday, Nunes said the House is prepared to move forward with measures such as contempt of Congress and impeachment of officials at the DOJ, which is led by Attorney General Sessions and Deputy Rod Rosenstein.
“We can hold in contempt. We can pass sense of Congress resolutions. We can impeach – I think we’re getting close to there,” the California representative said.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Nunes huddled Friday with the leadership of the FBI and Justice Department over the House’s growing impatience on receiving requested documents.
Justice officials agreed to get the GOP House members documents this week, which Nunes interrupted to mean starting Monday.
Gowdy told “Fox News Sunday” that Ryan informed the Justice Department and FBI that there will be consequences if the House doesn’t get the requested documents.
“And Paul made it very clear: There’s going to be action on the floor of the House this week if the FBI and DOJ do not comply with our subpoena request,” Gowdy (R-S.C.) said. “So Rod Rosenstein, (FBI Director) Chris Wray — you were in the meeting, you understood him just as clearly as I did. We’re going to get compliance or the House of Representatives is going to use its full arsenal of constitutional weapons to gain compliance.”
In March, Goodlatte subpoenaed the Justice Department to obtain documents related to the Hillary Clinton email investigation, alleged surveillance abuses and conduct of top FBI officials.
They estimated it would be 1.2 million records.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, has accused the Republicans of trying to focus on Clinton’s emails to divert attention from the serious allegations facing the Trump campaign.
House Republicans and Trump allies have turned their attention to investigating the FBI and Justice Department officials in aims of undercutting the Russia probe and casting doubt on its origins.
“I mean this is a case where it’s crying out for someone to investigate the investigators, ” Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani Sunday said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
The DOJ’s inspector general released a report last week that faulted former FBI Director James Comey for his handling of the Clinton email investigation but said his actions weren’t politically motivated.
Michael Horowitz is also looking into the granting of the warrants to monitor Page.
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