Rep. Devin Nunes, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, is now demanding to see the original FBI document that outlines the bureau’s reasoning for opening a counterintelligence investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign’s alleged connections to Russia.
Nunes has given a deadline for the DOJ and FBI to provide the unredacted document by April 11. He sent a letter on Wednesday to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray. In that letter, Nunes threatened to take legal action if the agencies do not comply, noting that the committee issued subpoenas in August that “remain in force.”
Nunes revealed that the previous response to his request was to receive a “heavily redacted version” of the document, which Nunes called “unsatisfactory.”
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee also requested unrestricted access to four Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications the DOJ used to get a warrant to spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Paige.
The application was a focus of a controversial committee memo written by Nunes and the panel’s Republican majority that claimed the DOJ had improperly obtained the warrant. The memo said the DOJ used information contained in a salacious dossier of opposition research on then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.
The Republicans on the committee have concluded that there was no evidence of collusion with Russia by the Trump campaign, but some Democrats have vowed to continue the investigation.
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