The Department of Justice ignored a subpoena and missed a deadline to give the House Judiciary Committee more than one million documents regarding crucial information for congressional investigators, according to Fox News.
For reasons unknown to many, the DOJ failed to hand over official documents related former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server, the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility’s recommendation to fire former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and alleged abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
On Thursday, House Judiciary Committee Republican Chairman Bob Goodlatte said the DOJ had “not yet” complied with the March 22 subpoena his committee sent.
A congressional aide for Goodlatte said the committee is “working with officials at DOJ to take immediate steps to comply with the subpoena and produce documents to the Committee.”
It’s unclear why the DOJ continues to stall congressional investigations into a slew of unethical and likely illegal actions from officials in former President Barack Obama’s administration.
Whether it is Attorney General Jeff Sessions or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein delaying the process, Goodlatte said GOP lawmakers are threatening a legal battle if the DOJ fails to comply.
A portion of the DOJ’s documents details the FBI’s initial investigation into Clinton’s use of a private server and her decision to delete tens of thousands of emails.
Then-FBI Director James Comey allowed Clinton to skirt charges despite admitting she sent and received classified information on her server — which is a felony.
Congress also wants to view the official report from the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility, who recommended to the DOJ that McCabe be fired from the FBI.
Last month, FBI’s OPR reported McCabe lied four times to investigators when asked about leaking sensitive information to a reporter with the Wall Street Journal in October 2016.
It’s baffling that the republican-led DOJ is stonewalling Congress on these three critical cases, especially given many Americans want action against those who clearly violated the law.