House committee doubles down on subpoenas to FBI, Justice Dept. over Trump dossier

Now, amid growing frustration, the committee has granted the agencies until Sept. 14 to comply with the subpoenas, according to a report by the Washington Examiner.
By Dan Taylor | Sep 08, 2017
The FBI and the Justice Department have ignored subpoenas by the House Intelligence Committee setting a Sept. 1 deadline for turning over documents related to the so-called Trump dossier, which was compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele.

Now, amid growing frustration, the committee has granted the agencies until Sept. 14 to comply with the subpoenas, according to a report by the Washington Examiner. And late Tuesday, the committee issued two additional subpoenas directed specifically at Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray, demanding they appear before the committee and explain why they did not supply the requested information.

"We got nothing," said committee member Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), who is leading the House Intelligence Committee investigation into whether Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, in the Examiner report. "The witnesses have not been produced and the documents have not been produced."

The House Intelligence Committee is particularly interested in whether the FBI had any role in creating the Trump dossier and if the FBI or the Justice Department ever used information in the dossier as a basis for getting a surveillance warrant in the Russia investigation.

"I want to know the extent to which it was relied upon, if at all, by any of our intelligence agencies or federal law enforcement agencies," Gowdy said, "and to the extent it was relied upon, how did they vet, or either corroborate or contradict, the information in it?"

That tensions are rising between a Republican-controlled House and Republican-controlled federal law enforcement agencies over the Russia investigation is raising some GOP eyebrows.

"I'm sure your noting with the same irony I'm noting the difficulty that a Republican Congress is having getting information from a Department of Justice run by Jeff Sessions," Gowdy remarked.

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