House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes' dispute with Depuity Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray appeared to de-escalate Wednesday after Nunes was given access to the document that kicked off the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes arrives at the committe's secure offices in the basement of the U.S. Capitol House Visitors Center on February 6.
The New York Times reported in December that the investigation was launched after USA officials received a tip that George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosRoger Stone: "Very dangerous" for Trump to interview with Mueller When will the media accept that Trump is not a criminal target? But while the Justice Department had allowed access to other documents, they had stonewalled on allowing access to the document that started the FBI's Trump-Russia investigation, even after repeated meetings, phone calls, and emails.
The FBI opened its investigation on July 31, 2016, reportedly based on information passed to the bureau by the Australian government about George Papadopoulos, a Trump campaign adviser. "So they can either cough them up now, or it will get really complicated starting tomorrow night, and we'll have to take all the steps necessary in order to get the document". In response, the department delegated dozens of more staff to comply with the request and named a United States attorney from Utah, John Lausch, to oversee the document production.
Meadows, who met with Lausch on Monday, said: "They can't tell us how many documents they're going to deliver, when they're going to deliver it, how they'll redact it".
Congress has the power to impeach Rosenstein and Wray for contempt, as they failed to answer the subpoena. Rosenstein, Mueller and Comey are all Republicans.