Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray met with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Wednesday–a meeting reportedly requested by the top law enforcement officials.
Per Speaker Ryan spox, "Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and FBI Director Wray asked to meet with the speaker and we accommodated the request."
— Lissandra Villa (@LissandraVilla) January 3, 2018
FBI Dir Wray also in mtg w/Ryan & Dep AG Rosenstein about Russia probe
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) January 3, 2018
Deputy AG Rosenstein departs his mtg w Speaker Ryan and ignores all questions pic.twitter.com/FFZ6pCcWYD
— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) January 3, 2018
That meeting comes among a series of reports directly or tangentially related to the special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Rosenstein named Mueller to head the probe after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from Russia related matters.
According to a request from House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), Wednesday marks the final day for the Department of Justice and the FBI to turn over documents related to the investigation—including sensitive information regarding the infamous Trump-Russia dossier. ABC reports Nunes’ request was the basis for Rosenstein’s meeting.
New: A source familiar with the meeting tells @PierreTABC Rosenstein and FBI Director Wray were scheduled to meet with Ryan to discuss Chairman Nunes’ recent requests for additional documents.
— Ben Siegel (@benyc) January 3, 2018
Per another source familiar with the meeting: This is directly related to House intel chairman @DevinNunes's demand for documents — by today — related to FBI's handling of the Steele dossier. https://t.co/SEELI4tU3h
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) January 3, 2018
Per his Dec. 28, 2017 letter, Nunes—who’s been accused of conducting his own shadow investigation of the FBI and DOJ during the House intel’s Russia investigation—demanded documents and testimony from FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. Strzok was removed from the Russia investigation last year after Mueller discovered anti-Donald Trump text messages between him and Page.
“Should DIOJ decided to withhold any responsible records … it must, consistentt with the subpoena instructions, proved a written repose, under your signature, detailing the legal justification for failing to comply with valid congressional subpoenas,” Nunes’ letter warned.
“At this point it seems the DOJ and FBI need to be investigating themselves,” it added.
Read the full Dec. 28, 2017 letter below:
Worth nothing we have just hit deadline by which Congressman Nunes told DOJ/FBI to hand over a lot of sensitive info on the investigation: pic.twitter.com/XmUInEbaPX
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) January 3, 2018