Fitton: DOJ Showing 'Utter Contempt for Congress' by Not Releasing Docs on FBI's Trump Informant
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said the Justice Department has shown an "utter contempt for Congress" by failing to provide documents related to the FBI's alleged use of an informant in President Trump's 2016 campaign.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) had given the DOJ until Tuesday to turn over the documents.
After the DOJ failed to do so, Republican lawmakers said that they will be pushing for a vote on a resolution that compels the department to cease the delays and finally release all remaining documents related to the Trump campaign probe.
Fitton said committees in the House and Senate are supposed to have direct oversight over the DOJ and FBI, but they are being prevented from doing so.
He pointed to reports that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein threatened to “subpoena” emails, phone records and other documents from lawmakers and staff on the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee during a tense meeting earlier this year.
"I'm not aware of that ever happening before," Fitton said on "Fox & Friends First." "I can't imagine a scenario in these circumstances where it would have been appropriate."
He noted that President Trump has previously intervened in an attempt to get the records released, but the DOJ "thumbed its nose at him."
"He needs to order the records to be released because the Justice Department can't be left to their own devices here."