GOP Chairman To Subpoena DOJ Over Comey Memos

While a criminal referral has been sent to the DOJ for James Comey, Hillary Clinton and others involved in the 2016 US presidential election, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) is expected to subpoena the Department of Justice (DOJ) as early as this week in order to obtain copies of James Comey’s memos – a major catalyst in the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel.

Chairman Goodlatte wants lawmakers to be able to review the seven memos Comey created allegedly documenting his interactions with President Trump, according to two people familiar with the matter in comments to The Hill.

The chairman on Wednesday notified the ranking Democrat, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), that a subpoena is forthcoming. Under Judiciary committee rules, the chairman must consult the ranking member two business days “before issuing any subpoena” — suggesting that the move is imminent.

The order comes after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein asked three powerful House lawmakers — Goodlatte, Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) — to give him extra time to consult with the “relevant parties” on whether he can make the memos available to them.

On Monday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told lawmakers that the Comey memos may be related to an “ongoing investigation,” as well as “report confidential presidential communications,” which means they have a “legal duty to evaluate the consequences of providing access to them.”

In other words, Rosenstein is stalling…

Rep. Nadler said in a statement that he welcomes the opportunity to take a look at the memos, though described the GOP’s imminent subpoena as political “theater” which may interfere or undermine Mueller’s probe.

“The Comey memos are key to the Special Counsel’s work. Pursuant to long-standing Department policy and absent any satisfactory accommodation, the Department of Justice cannot simply hand over evidence that is part of an ongoing criminal investigation,” Nadler said.

If House Republicans refuse any accommodation short of the Department of Justice handing over custody of these documents  —which it cannot do — I fear the Majority will have manufactured an excuse to hold the Deputy Attorney General in contempt of Congress. If they succeed in tarnishing the Deputy Attorney General, perhaps they will have given President Trump the pretext he has sought to replace Mr. Rosenstein with someone willing to do his bidding and end the Special Counsel’s investigation,” he added.

In other words, Nadler is stalling too…

In a Monday response from Rosenstein, the Deputy AG referenced a 77-year-old opinion of Attorney General Robert Jackson who wrote “all investigative reports are confidential documents of the executive department and that congressional and public access thereto would not be in the public interest,” while pointing to a long list of his predecessors who agreed.

Investigative reports include leads and suspicions, and sometimes even the statements of malicious or misinformed people. Even though later and more complete reports exonerate the individuals, the use of particular or selected reports might constitute the grossest injustice, and we all know that a correction never catches up with an accusation,” Jackson argued at the time.

Rosenstein is really working hard to prevent the release of the Comey memos – which Comey leaked to the New York Times through friend and Columbia Law Professor, Daniel Richman.

Why is the Deputy Attorney General of the United States trying to delay Congress from seeing a pivotal document in the decision to launch a special counsel investigation on a sitting president?


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  1. Did Mr. Nadler say documents could not be turned over due to an on going criminal investigation. Where is the crime. Now if it was caused or done by Comey then that is different.

  2. Why does the writer not ask the obvious question: If these memos are “related to an ongoing investigation,” “report confidential presidential communication” and are “key to the Special Counsel’s work,” why hasn’t James Comey been indicted for having leaked them to the press. Of course, these objections all fall flat on their face as the memos have already been made public. Their argument seems to be that it’s quite alright that The NY Times has access to these memos but the Congress may not – the most ludicrous of arguments imaginable.

  3. The DOJ is acting like kids at bedtime, trying to stay up; and that after they rearranged all of their supper on the plate to make it appear they were eating their vegetables

  4. Every step of the way from the appointment of the special prosecutor until today the Democrats have done everything in their power to thwart the implementation of the Trump agenda and to press for continuing the Trump investigation. With the release of the Comey memos it has become apparent that there was never a legitimate reason for an investigation of Trump to have been initiated, and yet we have a year behind us (with no evidence of wrongdoing) and we’re still investigating. Rosenstein saw the Comey memos and certainly knew that there was no evidence of collusion in the memos, so the use of the memos to appoint a prosecutor is very suspect. I find the Democrats to be complicit in a devilish sham, which had an intent to disenfranchise the voters who elected Trump-which wasted millions of dollars-and, which reduced the good effects the agenda might have had.

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