The DOJ Finally Released The Memo That Kicked Off The Trump-Russia Collusion Investigation
The FBI sat on their hands getting this memo handed over but they’ve finally loosened their grip. Reportedly releasing the memo that caused the entire Trump-Russia investigation in its entirety- minus a few minor details.
A Justice Department official told Fox News that the memo’s redactions had been “narrowly tailored to protect the name of a foreign country and the name of a foreign agent… These words must remain redacted after determining that revealing the words could harm the national security of the American people by undermining the trust we have with this foreign nation.”
The official added that the words “appear only a limited number of times, and do no [sic] obstruct the underlying meaning of the document.”
“With this production, in conjunction with the 1,000 pages of classified materials—much of which is now being provided to entire [House Intelligence] committee membership—we believe we have substantially satisfied Chairman Nunes August subpoena in an appropriate fashion,” said the official. “The Department will be pleased to continue to work with the Committee on other, related requests for information.”
Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) had requested access to the unredacted document, complaining that previous “heavily” redacted versions were not adequate for the committee’s own investigation.
Nunes said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein allowed him and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) to view the key document related to the FBI’s Russia probe one day after he threatened to hold FBI Director Christopher Wray and Rosenstein in contempt and initiate impeachment proceedings against them if they did not comply with the request for the unredacted document.
“During the meeting, we were finally given access to a version of the [Electronic Communication] that contained the information necessary to advance the Committee’s ongoing investigation of the Department of Justice and FBI,” Nunes said in a statement.
“Although the subpoenas issued by this Committee in August 2017 remain in effect, I’d like to thank Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein for his cooperation today,” he added.