According to a letter obtained by CNN and reported this morning, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, embattled Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA), threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Chris Wray in contempt of Congress for not relinquishing documents and transcripts of testimony relevant to the infamous Christopher Steel/Fusion GPS dossier on Trump’s Russia connections by the September 1 deadline.
While those documents are certainly important when it comes to the House Russia investigation, it remains unclear why Nunes in particular should feel such intense personal desire to see anything and everything “memorializing FBI’s relationship with Mr. Steele, any payments made to Mr. Steele, and efforts to corroborate information provided by Mr. Steele and his sub-sources — whether directly or via Fusion GPS.”
After all, Nunes is the congressman and former Trump campaign surrogate who had to step down from the House Ethics Committee after facing serious scrutiny in the spring for alerting Trump to intelligence reports tying the Trump campaign to Russia.
Ranking Democratic Member of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, said on Rachel Maddow’s show last night: “”We don’t subpoena parties unless they turn down our requests for information, which the DOJ and the FBI really hadn’t done . . . So we opposed it. We thought it wasn’t warranted. They told us they were going to do it anyway.”
It’s clear that Nunes is trying once again to quash intel that implicates Trump and his inner circle in the Russia investigation.
Lucia Brawley is a Harvard- and Yale-educated writer, producer, actor, and political organizer. She runs the progressive political Facebook group Consenting to Lead. To learn more, please go to luciabrawley.com.