Justice Department officials have failed to meet a deadline with the House Judiciary Committee, where they were to hand over 1.2 million documents related to the Clinton email investigation, as well as the possible Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuses.
According to a committee aide, the Justice Department has not yet complied with the March 22nd subpoena, which was issued by Rep. Bob Goodlatte.
The aide further commented that the committee was “working with officials at DOJ to take immediate steps to comply with the subpoena and produce documents to the Committee.”
Goodlatte had already requested the Clinton email investigations but noted, at the time of the latest subpoena, that only a “fraction” of the documents requested had even been produced. He also noted that “no documents” have been provided that relate to the potential FISA abuses.
“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,” Goodlatte wrote in his March 22 letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
The Justice Department has said that, at the time, more than two dozen FBI staffers were assisting the Department in creating a “rolling basis” for the documents related to the “broad request every 10 to 14 days” by the Committee.
“The Department of Justice has not yet complied with the subpoena and we are working with officials at DOJ to take immediate steps to comply with the subpoena and produce documents to the Committee,” the Republican House Judiciary Committee aide told The Hill.
“We got no documents from the Department of Justice. Just a phone call. This is unacceptable–it’s time to stop the games. Turn over the documents to Congress and allow us to conduct oversight,” Meadows tweeted.
One committee aide said the struggle over the records will continue until they receive the necessary documents for their investigation.
“Until DOJ gets serious about providing Congress the adequate resources to conduct real oversight, there will continue to be problems,” one committee aide told The Hill.