DOJ Reneges On Commitment To Provide Trump Russia Docs To Congress

Authored by Sara Carter,

  • DOJ officials limit a briefing on new documents to a select few Congressional members

  • The briefing is planned to take place during the first two days of the North Korea Summit in Singapore, when all eyes will be on the negotiations

  • Sources worry the documents provided will be heavily redacted

  • A source says during a May 24 Congressional meeting with DOJ, the department argued with congressional members over who would have access to the documents

The Department of Justice reneged on a commitment to provide access to documents they promised to congressional lawmakers by Thursday morning. Instead, DOJ issued a press release after midnight suggesting they will only meet with a group of select lawmakers to discuss the matter on the same day the North Korea summit opens in Singapore, according to numerous sources and a DOJ statement.

Moreover, the Justice Department also issued new stipulations for briefing congressional members and limited the meeting with only the Gang of Eight, which is comprised of eight leaders within Congress who are briefed on classified intelligence matters.

These sources claim that briefing Gang of Eight lawmakers restricts the dissemination and discussion of the documents that will be taken for review. Although the DOJ contends that the documents are highly sensitive material, in reality, these documents are not considered to contain high-level national security information.

So while it seems that DOJ is complying, congressional sources say it means that the documents provided may be highly redacted.

A source familiar with the discussions stated that the documents, “…do not rise to Gang of Eight level material requiring such strict rules that would limit those members to discuss the material with other lawmakers.”

Lawmakers are also questioning the Justice Department’s decision to provide the documents early next week during the highly anticipated start of the North Korea summit. A senior Justice Department official announced the briefing is, “expected on Monday or Tuesday, depending on members’ schedules.”

On May 24, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA), Rep. Trey Gowdy, (R-SC) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), met with DOJ officials and FBI Director Christopher Wray to discuss Nunes’ demand on April 24, for specific classified documents related to the committee’s investigation into the FBI’s handling of the Russia/Trump investigation. According to a source familiar with the discussions, the DOJ pleaded with the members, “not to say anything about the DOJ having brought the documents to the meeting.”

In last night’s press release, however, the DOJ admitted to having the documents. A senior Justice Department official accused the committee members of not reviewing the documents provided at the May meeting stating, “The Department and FBI will also provide the documents that were available for review but not inspected by the members at the previous briefing along with some additional material.”

According to sources with knowledge of the May 24 briefing, the DOJ argued with congressional members over who would have access to the documents during the meeting. The DOJ also limited the distribution of the documents to “only those members in the room” and would not allow investigators to review the documents for their ongoing investigation into the FBI’s handling of the alleged Russia/Trump probe.

“This request for documents is not at the Gang of Eight level,” said a source familiar with the matter.

“This is yet another line of obfuscation, stonewalling and delay tactics by the DOJ. They were supposed to deliver the documents to Congress Thursday and then at the last second did what they always do: fail to keep their commitment. Now they are waiting until the opening of the North Korea summit in an attempt to bury it from the public.”

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fl) told this reporter that the DOJ’s failure to produce documents has put both Congress and the American people in a seemingly never ending predicament that does more harm than good for the nation.

“It’s the same old games and Congress is facilitating this behavior by continuing this back and forth with the Justice Department,” said DeSantis. The lawmaker noted that Congress has the power of the purse and authority to follow through with the contempt proceedings against DOJ Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein.

DeSantis added, Americans are upset about this and have every reason to be. They could’ve turned these documents over more than eight months ago and answered our questions and we wouldn’t be in the mess that we are in now.”

A senior Justice Department official said in the press release, The Department and FBI are prepared to brief members on certain questions specifically raised by the Speaker and other members... The Department and FBI believe it can provide information that is directly responsive to congressional inquiries in a manner that is consistent with its national security and law enforcement responsibilities, and is pleased to do so.”

The DOJ official said with regard to not providing the documents on Thursday, “Although the Department and FBI would have liked to provide this information as early as this week, officials have taken a little additional time to provide the most fulsome answers to the members’ questions as possible. The Department and FBI take congressional inquiries seriously and believes that the documents provided next week will be valuable to the Gang of Eight.

Comments

takeaction Fri, 06/08/2018 - 22:25 Permalink

Imagine that...

Get rid of SESSIONS NOW...Put Judge Janine in there she will rip it all wide open.

Knock it out of the park with Kim of North Korea...bring all of our troops home from the DMZ.

Keep an eye on that prick Paul Ryan...he is going to pull some immigration shit without your FOUR PILLARS.

And that was a BRILLIANT move calling out the NFL....saying "Write me a letter if you know of somebody incarcerated unjustly"  You will not get a letter at all...they can't write.

 

Oliver Klozoff takeaction Fri, 06/08/2018 - 22:29 Permalink

" Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fl) told this reporter that the DOJ’s failure to produce documents has put both Congress and the American people in a seemingly never ending predicament that does more harm than good for the nation. "

 

Then petition Trump to fire some asses.

 

edit) Agree, totally brilliant. Don must've played tennis once.

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MozartIII ravolla Fri, 06/08/2018 - 23:13 Permalink

The deep state has won. Unless we hear something significant in the next week that shows otherwise. H/T to ZH: for the CIA official at the NK summit. This would be the 2nd major lose for the military against the deep state (may have been others that I am not aware of). The military is trying, but has become soft and has become the CIA's bitch. Would love to be wrong. 

 

Resolve, pluck & grit used to mean something. If they have your leadership blackmailed because they're pansies and week. That is something else, it's called loosing. Which is what our military has done since they got rid of Patton! He knew how to win!! Was not politically correct...

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warsev MozartIII Fri, 06/08/2018 - 23:44 Permalink

Why can't these fuckers just give us the goddamn straight up TRUTH? Without a month to rewrite the "truth" and "redact" it? Perhaps you can tell I'm PISSED OFF. We already know they're mostly all goddamn liers and thieves and pedophiles. There are times I think the revolution can't come too soon. (Hello, NSA.)

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philipat Leakanthrophy Sat, 06/09/2018 - 00:23 Permalink

And this is supposed to be a Republican Administration?

These Congress critters have security clearance and have a constitutional oversight role over DOJ so what is happening is completely outrageous. Of course, their excuses for not delivering documents are always "National Security" and it always turns out that it has nothing to do with national security but to cover their own asses.

Trump should either declassify all the documents (which as POTUS he has a right to do) or fire Sessions and Rosenstein. Or both!!

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DosZap Oliver Klozoff Sat, 06/09/2018 - 14:10 Permalink

Why not Immediately put all of them in BREACH of direct orders,and IMPEACH Sessions, and Rosenstein ASAP.(let them become members with Eric Holder the ONLY AG to ever be Impeached(that I know of).DOJ/FBI does not have the RIGHT to do what they are doing.

Trump MUST call them INTO the Oval once he gets back and read them the RIOT act.EITHER produce ALL requested(Unredacted) at once or be FIRED.

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Westcoastliberal Oliver Klozoff Sat, 06/09/2018 - 21:11 Permalink

President Trump has direct control of the D.C. militia.  They're largely a ceremonial group, however they do have weapons and the power of the President.  He should send them to the DOJ to collect those documents, right now.  And arrest Rosenstein for contempt of Congress.  Tip off Alex Jones so he can be there to tape the whole thing.

There, fixed it for 'ya.

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Truth Eater takeaction Sat, 06/09/2018 - 07:56 Permalink

Yep- get rid of Sessions.  I tired of him in about 24 hours but let things go as maybe Trump was playing 3d chess and Sessions was assembling a master plan for the multi-dimensional puzzle fortress of the underworld.  If they can't even clean out the thousands of diversity Obama judges and they still have criminals running the FBI, it is well past time to get some real fighters into the arena.

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el buitre takeaction Sat, 06/09/2018 - 09:14 Permalink

Trump is the top law enforcement officer in the USA, not Reefer Madness Sessions.  He could easily issue an executive order to deliver the documents unredacted within 12 hours and that a refusal to do so on the part of the DOJ would result in the immediate firing of the government public servant who refused to carry out his directive.  This is totally within his power under the constitution.  Sort of a Nixon Saturday Night Massacre in reverse.  When are the Trump loyalist here going to admit that he is not fulfilling his promises made on the campaign trail?  Hope and Change v. 2.0?

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