House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif, said Sunday he will push this week to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt for refusing to comply with a subpoena.
Nunes explained in an appearance on “Fox & Friends” that he sent Sessions a letter requesting classified information regarding the committee’s investigation into FISA abuses and counterintelligence investigations, which he said are done in secret, but the letter was “completely ignored,” prompting a subpoena to be issues last week.
The Republican lawmaker told the “Fox & Friends” crew he learned on Thursday that the DOJ does not plan to comply with the subpoena.
“We have to move quickly,” Nune insisted, “to hold the Attorney General of the United States in contempt and that’s what I want to press for this week.”
The Justice Department wasted no time responding to Nunes’ assertions, claiming that they did respond to his letter, Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo reported.
“The letter from the DOJ, that they are sending, spells out the administration’s written response,” Bartiromo said.
The Washington Examiner obtained a copy of the letter from the DOJ, which noted the decision not to provide the requested information came after consulting with the White House.
“After careful evaluation and following consultations with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the White House, the Department has determined that, consistent with applicable law and longstanding Executive Branch policy, it is not in a position to provide information responsive to your request regarding a specific individual,” wrote Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd.
“Disclosure of responsive information to such requests can risk severe consequences, including potential loss of human lives, damage to relationships with valued international partners, compromise of ongoing criminal investigations, and interfere with intelligence activities,” he added.
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