House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) has sent Rod Rosenstein a letter demanding the original FBI documentation which discloses the bureau’s reasoning for opening the counterintelligence investigation into alleged ties between the Trump Campaign and the Russian government.
Nunes set a deadline of April 11 for the FBI and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to comply with the committee’s demands. Nunes sent the letter to both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray on Wednesday in which he threatens to take legal actions should they not comply, adding that the subpoenas issued in August of 2017, “remain in force.”
After the August 2017 subpoenas were issued, Nunes says the committee was provided with a “heavily redacted version” of the requested documentation which the Chairman called “unsatisfactory.”
On behalf of the House Intelligence Committee, Nunes is also seeking unrestricted access to the four Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications the DOJ utilized in order to secure the warrant on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
The request for documentation revolves around the alleged abuses on behalf of the FBI and DOJ with regard to securing a warrant on a Presidential campaign adviser. Nunes and the Republicans majorities are alleging that the DOJ and FBI utilized information from the unverified Trump/Russia dossier, authored by former MI6 agent Christopher Steele, in order to secure a warrant on Carter Page.
Any evidence presented within a FISA court must be verified and authenticated, a standard the infamous dossier never met according to testimony by disgraced former FBI Director James Comey. Disgraced former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe also testified had it not been for the dossier, the FISA warrant would not have been sought out nor would it have been obtained.
Rod Rosenstein is deliberately slow-walking these documents to the Intelligence Committee. There is a good chance Rod Rosenstein’s signature is on one or more of these applications. That would mean Rod Rosenstein would effectively be handing the committee evidence of his blatant disregard to Department of Justice regulations, which are legitimate grounds for dismissal.
Many Democrats have already stated that President Trump firing Rod Rosenstein would be further evidence of obstruction of justice. From the standpoint of Democrats, Rod Rosenstein is their ally and the only one protecting the special counsel. It’s quite possible that Democrats see the special counsel as their only hope in controlling President Trump and driving his approval ratings down. However it appears the American people are getting tired of “Russia, Russia, Russia,” as President Trump’s approval ratings have started to climb once again. According to Rasmussen Tuesday, April 4, President Trump’s approval rating climbed to 51%.