- The president attacked the Justice Department for failing to hand over documents
- He put ‘justice’ in quotation marks in the broadside on the agency
- He called it an ’embarrassment’
- The GOP-run Judiciary and Oversight panels have subpoenaed documents related to FBI / DOJ election probes
- AG Jeff Sessions declined to appoint a special counsel, as Trump has demanded
- FBI Director Chris Wray says he has 54 staffers working to comply with document requests
President Donald Trump renewed his periodic attacks on his own Justice Department – this time going after the agency and the FBI for ‘slow walking’ document requests by House Republican committees.
He even mocked the government agency by using so-called anger quotes around the word ‘Justice.’
The move comes after Attorney General Jeff Sessions rebuffed calls that he appoint a second special counsel to probe alleged FBI abuse in the Russia and Clinton investigations.
Late last month, the House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed documents from Justice related to the 2016 Hillary Clinton probe and the firing of former FBI Director Andrew McCabe.
‘So sad that the Department of “Justice” and the FBI are slow walking, or even not giving, the un-redacted documents requested by Congress. An embarrassment to our country!’ Trump tweeted Monday.
He has previously gone after Sessions personally and said the agency was in ‘tatters.’
Republican lawmakers who are conducting their own agency probes want to a trove of documents assembled by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who is expected to issue a report this month.
His probe has already led to the release of anti-Trump emails by a pair of FBI lovers, and precipitated the departure and Trump firing of former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe.
Goodlatte is demanding thousands of documents from the IG probe. The document request covers the probe into Clinton’s use of a private email server as well as ‘potential abuses’ of surveillance law as it relates to monitoring of former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page, who came under suspicion due to Russia contacts.
‘Given the Department’s ongoing delays in producing these documents, I am left with no choice but to issue the enclosed subpoena to compel production of these documents,’ the Virginia Republican wrote Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Goodlatte said the subpoena also applies to ‘all documents and communications’ relating to an internal ethics board’s review of McCabe’s conduct where it recommended he be fired.
Iowa Republican Sen. Charles Grassley and House Oversight and Government Reform chair Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina also are seeking documents.
FBI Director Chris Wray has pledged to deploy additional staff to sort through documents to comply with the requests.
Wray announced the agency has 54 staffers working two shifts from morning until midnight, the Hill reported.