GOP Chairman To Subpoena DOJ Over Comey Memos

While a criminal referral has been sent to the DOJ for James Comey, Hillary Clinton and others involved in the 2016 US presidential election, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) is expected to subpoena the Department of Justice (DOJ) as early as this week in order to obtain copies of James Comey's memos - a major catalyst in the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel.

Chairman Goodlatte wants lawmakers to be able to review the seven memos Comey created allegedly documenting his interactions with President Trump, according to two people familiar with the matter in comments to The Hill

The chairman on Wednesday notified the ranking Democrat, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), that a subpoena is forthcoming. Under Judiciary committee rules, the chairman must consult the ranking member two business days “before issuing any subpoena” — suggesting that the move is imminent.

The order comes after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein asked three powerful House lawmakers — Goodlatte, Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) — to give him extra time to consult with the "relevant parties" on whether he can make the memos available to them.

On Monday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told lawmakers that the Comey memos may be related to an "ongoing investigation," as well as "report confidential presidential communications," which means they have a "legal duty to evaluate the consequences of providing access to them." 

In other words, Rosenstein is stalling...

Rep. Nadler said in a statement that he welcomes the opportunity to take a look at the memos, though described the GOP's imminent subpoena as political "theater" which may interfere or undermine Mueller's probe. 

"The Comey memos are key to the Special Counsel’s work. Pursuant to long-standing Department policy and absent any satisfactory accommodation, the Department of Justice cannot simply hand over evidence that is part of an ongoing criminal investigation," Nadler said.

If House Republicans refuse any accommodation short of the Department of Justice handing over custody of these documents  —which it cannot do — I fear the Majority will have manufactured an excuse to hold the Deputy Attorney General in contempt of Congress. If they succeed in tarnishing the Deputy Attorney General, perhaps they will have given President Trump the pretext he has sought to replace Mr. Rosenstein with someone willing to do his bidding and end the Special Counsel’s investigation," he added.

In other words, Nadler is stalling too...

In a Monday response from Rosenstein, the Deputy AG referenced a 77-year-old opinion of Attorney General Robert Jackson who wrote "all investigative reports are confidential documents of the executive department and that congressional and public access thereto would not be in the public interest," while pointing to a long list of his predecessors who agreed. 

"Investigative reports include leads and suspicions, and sometimes even the statements of malicious or misinformed people. Even though later and more complete reports exonerate the individuals, the use of particular or selected reports might constitute the grossest injustice, and we all know that a correction never catches up with an accusation,” Jackson argued at the time.

Rosenstein is really working hard to prevent the release of the Comey memos - which Comey leaked to the New York Times through friend and Columbia Law Professor, Daniel Richman.

Why is the Deputy Attorney General of the United States trying to delay Congress from seeing a pivotal document in the decision to launch a special counsel investigation on a sitting president? 

Comments

Theta_Burn Thu, 04/19/2018 - 08:07 Permalink

Delaying pivotal documents? Cant have them see the light of day without a thorough wiping like with a cloth.

The bigger question is why Trump appointed this particular "chosenite" in the first place..

ZENDOG NoDebt Thu, 04/19/2018 - 08:24 Permalink

Does not matter, nothing will be done. No one is going to jail. No one is going to be convicted....

Treason is the name of the game in the FBI / DOJ.......same as it ever was.

When the collapse comes, just hope these useless shits in Washington are the first to go.

Then we can rebuild out of the ashes.

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Joe Davola blindfaith Thu, 04/19/2018 - 09:03 Permalink

Pittsburgh police prep for protests if Trump fires special counsel Mueller

 

I hope it happens, I wanna see the special kind of loser that will protest Mueller firing.

And without a doubt, the left wing Pittsburgh political machine was told to release this to the press in coordination with the group who's paying the protestors (AKA - the DNC).

 

(Just noticed SWRich posted this yesterday, so H/T SW)

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MarsInScorpio gatorengineer Thu, 04/19/2018 - 10:43 Permalink

Gatorengineer:

"just per the Soros/Trump plan....."

Where in the f*** do you lunatics dig up this plan shit?

It's like you think you've got some inside dope on who's got what plan out there. You people are totally insane.

It's always this plan, or that plan, or who the f*** knows plan. You guys are totally f***ed up in the head. You really are. There's no f***ing plan, douchebag.

These guys just have these things happen, and they just happened because they happen.

Are you really so insane that you think that Soros and Trump are getting together with a plan? You're totally and completely out of your f***ing mind; you and all the rest of you assholes with your plans.

There is no plan, there's only coincidence . . .

"The Soros/Trump Plan . . . Brought to you by Mad House-Lucid Delusions, Inc."

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GreatUncle MarsInScorpio Thu, 04/19/2018 - 11:16 Permalink

Agree definitely not a plan but consider this concept ... a path necessitated by the very people carrying it out.

Economy is going down the bankers do not have a plan they only have an action to preserve themselves and fuck the population.

When that power is too greate the "central planning scenario is assumed" but really it is still only those with power who preserve themselves and fuck the population.

Not a plan ... a fuck you economic slaves because we are entitled to fuck up your lives.

Who, why etc. all reasoning worthless and no justification for the power they wield neither except by you casting a vote.

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Theta_Burn JoseyWalesTheOutlaw Thu, 04/19/2018 - 08:48 Permalink

They mostly have been taken down, and every little bit helps ) even gummers.

Not that these people give a shit about their legacies, especially when you have a couple hundred mil in the bank. they have no power, just bullshit

The Clinton foundation/global initiative, and all these jagoffs who took bribe money from her, will feel the pinch, ultimately the IRS will serve justice.   

 

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MoreFreedom NoDebt Thu, 04/19/2018 - 09:02 Permalink

I'll bet Comey's memos do just what Democrats like to do, make up stuff about Trump.  Releasing the memos would lead to more of the hyperventilating on progressive MSM, but it's very possible they'll show Comey is a liar, again.   On the other hand, just like the fake dossier, there will be much that can't be proved or disproved.  But given how the resistance's plan keeps exposing themselves, I expect that will happen with Comey's memo which is why Rosenstein is keeping them secret. 

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LaugherNYC Winston Churchill Thu, 04/19/2018 - 09:12 Permalink

Why do you believe any of the bulkshit being promulgated about Russian mil hardware and tech?

did you see any missile wreckage from Syria with the 40-80 missiles “shot down?”

did you read the pentagon report that all missiles reached their targets?

in terminal strike phase, warheads can rely on internal gyroscopic/inertial guidance systems that are not sensitive to jamming, or even EMP. Redundancy is a concept that has been gospel to all lift and strike systems since NASA days. You don’t send nukes or large BMs up without assurance they will get to target.

the S300 and S400s the Russians gave a try out last week failed.  They kept regular fighters at standoff distances, but  didn’t even see the stealthy missiles until they were well past launch perimeters. We were nice enough not to take them out once they lit up, as we did not want to kill anybody, no less Russian operators.

 

if you believe the Russians did not want to blast our missiles out of the sky so they could rub out noses in it, you are a fool. Typically, they then excused their failure by claiming not to have tried. Right. You should see the other guy. 

 

get real about American tech capabilities. The Russians are good at one thing...hacking,

 

maybe some day day they will be able to steal our tech.  Maybe not.  Until then don’t lose any sleep over our ability to reach out and touch whatever wherever we want.

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MarsInScorpio LaugherNYC Thu, 04/19/2018 - 11:00 Permalink

LaugherNYC:

"the S300 and S400s the Russians gave a try out last week failed.  They kept regular fighters at standoff distances, but  didn’t even see the stealthy missiles until they were well past launch perimeters."

Speaking of missile wreckage,  did anyone see remanents of those Russian missles?

No?

Kinda takes the guts out of your delusional monster, doesn't it  . . . 

So, I see you buy your lies from Mad House-Lucid Delusions Inc., just as does gatorengineer.

 

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BritBob Thu, 04/19/2018 - 08:08 Permalink

Hillary was never presidential material.

In Buenos Aires in 2010, when she was Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton made the mistake of saying that the United Kingdom and Argentina should talk about the sovereignty of the Malvinas. Now if she was better informed she would not have fallen for that mythical Malvinas' deception.

The Falkland Islands belong to Argentina - Who told you that?

 

Falklands - Argentina's Imaginary Territory (1 pg):- https://www.academia.edu/35715281/Falklands_Argentinas_Imaginary_Territory