Nunes threatens to 'impeach' Wray and Rosenstein

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Rosenstein Wray Under Fire as House Intelligence Committee Deadline Looms Getty Images by Kristina Wong11 Apr 20180 11 Apr 2018 11 Apr 2018

Devin Nunes, R-Calif., access to a redacted FBI memo that instigated the investigation of contacts between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign - cooling the lawmaker's threat to impeach department of bureau officials, reports say.

"During the meeting, we were finally given access to a version of the EC that contained the information necessary to advance the Committee's ongoing investigation of the Department of Justice and FBI", Nunes said.

The existence of the two-page document was leaked by the New York Times and Washington Post in December past year.

On Tuesday night, Rep. Nunes (R-CA) told Fox News host Laura Ingraham that he has reached a "boiling point" with both Rosenstein and Wray over the electronic communication, which is due Wednesday evening.

A Justice Department official said the department had provided Nunes, ranking member Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and all committee members access to the document, with redactions "narrowly tailored to protect the name of a foreign country and the name of a foreign agent, "The Washington Post reported".

The story sought to minimize the role the Trump dossier - which was funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee - in starting the investigation. The dossier has allegations that critics say the Kremlin could use to blackmail the president.

Nunes issued subpoenas and fought for the release of the document.

In early 2017 American intelligence agencies issued a report that found Moscow hacked US political parties and conducted a misinformation campaign to influence the election in Trump's favor. In a letter to Nunes early this month Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote his department is working in a "manner consistent with relevant legal precedents". Nunes set April 11 as the deadline for the document production.

Papadopoulos, an early adviser on Trump's presidential campaign, pleaded guilty a year ago to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his Russian contacts. The FBI said in a statement it had "grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo's accuracy".

Earlier Tuesday, Nunes declined to say whether he meant to seek contempt charges against Wray and Rosenstein. "We're going to get the two pages".

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