House Speaker Paul Ryan calls on DOJ to deliver the requested documents.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, Tuesday called on the Department of Justice to hand over controversial documents related to the Russia investigation.There is no good reason not to disclose what crime he is investigating. It is looking more and more like he is instead trying to manufacture a crime since he has no evidence to support the original reason for the investigation, i.e. Russian collusion.
But Mr. Ryan would not say if he supported the effort of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, California Republican, to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt if the documents are not given to Congress.
“We expect the administration to comply with our document requests as a matter of form for the executive branch and our legislative branch oversight,” Mr. Ryan said at morning press conference. “So I haven’t spoken with Devin about this, we have a thorough process we go through, but we clearly expect the administration to honor our document requests.”
The battle over the documents has fallen along partisan lines.
Democrats allege Republicans are using the Justice Department’s delay to create a contempt resolution that could be used by President Donald Trump to justify firing Mr. Sessions and thus undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.
Republicans have argued the documents are crucial to learning more about Mr. Mueller’s investigation and what evidence, if any, he has accumulated.