The Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is threatening to “hold in contempt and impeach” FBI Director Christopher Wray and Department of Justice Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein if they do not turn over a less than two-page document requested by the committee months ago that outlined the bureau’s initiation of the case to investigate President Trump’s 2016 campaign, Sara Carter reports.
The document, known as an “Electronic Communication,” launched the FBI counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign, as previously reported. The deadline for the DOJ and bureau to produce the document is Wednesday evening.
Chairman Devin Nunes, R-CA, told this reporter Tuesday night that the “Electronic Communication” is a central piece of information necessary to their ongoing investigation into the FBI and related matters.
Nunes has battled the DOJ and the Bureau for information for more than a year and threatened contempt in January when Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein refused to hand over documentation requested by the committee.
Nunes is not expecting the situation to escalate but is adamant that the Committee get the requested “Electronic Communication” as well as the numerous other documents requested by Congress. He has the option to take the DOJ and Bureau to court, hold them in contempt and as a final option call for Wray and Rosentein’s impeachment.
On Tuesday night Nunes told Fox News Laura Ingraham that it “will get really complicated” if the DOJ and FBI do not comply by the deadline.
A congressional official, with knowledge of the ongoing committee investigation, said: “it is one-hundred percent certain that the committee will escalate the matter in a way they won’t like if the deadline is missed.”
Nunes told Ingraham, “we’re not going to just hold in contempt. We will have a plan to hold in contempt and to impeach.”
“To impeach Christopher Wray?” questioned Ingraham.
“Absolutely,” Nunes replied.
“We’re not messing around here,” said Nunes.