All three Capitol Hill committees, as well as the special counsel led by Robert Mueller, seem to be intensifying their investigation into Russian meddling and possible collusion from Trump associates. The House Intelligence Committee just subpoenaed the FBI and the Department of Justice for documents about a controversial dossier that possibly links President Trump to Russia.
The House Intelligence Committee issued two identical subpoenas on August 24 requesting that both Washington agencies turn over documents containing information about the dossier. They also wanted information on the FBI’s relationship with its author and whether the FBI had supported an opposition research project that was critical of Trump in the last months of the 2016 presidential campaign. The Washington Examiner reported this on Tuesday.
There was a deadline set in the subpoenas for September 1st for the documents to be turned over, but it has been extended to September 14 when both departments failed to meet the deadline.
A panel from the House Intelligence Committee also issued subpoenas on Tuesday to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appear in front of the committee to answer why they hadn’t handed over the documents.
“We got nothing,” committee member Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) told the Examiner. “The witnesses have not been produced, and the documents have not been produced.”
The dossier in question that has generated so much controversy was compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele. It contained unverified information that Trump had ties to Russia. The House Intelligence Committee is not alone in their interest. The Senate Judiciary Committee has also focused on the dossier in their ongoing investigation into Russian election meddling.
What do you think about this new intensity coming from the committees doing the investigations? Do you believe the FBI and the Department of Justice will fully cooperate?
Credit: The Hill