House intel chair threatens Attorney General and FBI chief over Trump Russia dossier

The DOJ and FBI missed a September 1 deadline to hand over the documents, and Nunes has extended the deadline to September 14 but made clear that he will not extend it again.
By Joseph Scalise | Sep 08, 2017
Attorney-General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray will both get subpoenas to appear before the House Intelligence Committee if the Justice Department does not turn over documents pertaining to a dossier of President Trump's activities in Russia, Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) wrote in a recent letter to Sessions. The DOJ and FBI missed a September 1 deadline to hand over the documents, and Nunes has extended the deadline to September 14 but made clear that he will not extend it again.
In his letter, Nunes told Sessions that the committee will compel the attorney-general and the FBI director to appear before them on September 14 if they do not submit the requested documents by that date. Nunes added that if the two agency heads are compelled to appear, he will have them "explain under oath DOJ's and FBI's unwillingness or inability to comply" with the original documents request, which Nunes had sent to them on August 24.
"Resort to compulsory process was necessary because of DOJ's and FBI's insufficient responsiveness to the committee's numerous Russia-investigation related requests over the past several months," Nunes wrote.
Nunes stepped aside from the Trump-Russia investigations on April 6 after incurring a backlash for making a secret visit to the White House to review classified documents related to Trump and the 2016 campaign. The incident raised accusations that Nunes was too sympathetic to Trump to lead the investigation credibly.
In June, he told CNN that he was still being informed of the investigation's developments and that as the committee chair, he could still "could take over the investigation at any time." He said that he was only "choosing to stay away from it" for the time being.

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