(National Sentinel) Winning: A deal between House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and the Trump Justice Department struck on Thursday will give investigators access to “all remaining investigative documents” in an unredacted form that the panel has been seeking as part of its Russia probe.
The deal was revealed in a letter between Nunes and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that was obtained by Fox News.
The letter was sent by Nunes to Rosenstein and it summarizes an “agreement” that had been reached during a phone call Wednesday evening. The letter also notes that key FBI and Justice Department witnesses will now be provided to the Intelligence Committee later in January.
“It is my hope that this agreement will provide the Committee with all outstanding documents and witnesses necessary to complete its investigations,” Nunes wrote.
Fox News reported further:
The agreement comes after the DOJ and FBI faced a Wednesday deadline to comply, under the threat of new subpoenas and even contempt citations. Under deadline pressure, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Rosenstein met Wednesday with House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to discuss the demands from the intelligence committee.
Nunes’ letter outlines the terms of the deal reached, as he continues looking for information that helps prove or disprove whether the controversial anti-Trump “dossier” was used as justification to open the Russia probe and conduct surveillance on Trump campaign officials.
After more than a year-and-a-half, no one in the media, in government or in Congress has been able to verify the dossier’s most explosive and salacious claims about President Donald J. Trump and his campaign team.
Republicans on the committee have also expressed concerns that the dossier was paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
In his letter, the Intelligence Committee chairman said that the panel is “extremely concerned by indications that top U.S. Government officials who were investigating a presidential campaign relied on unverified information that was funded by the opposing political campaign and was based on Russian sources.”
Initially, Nunes issued subpoenas for all related records on Aug. 24, and they remain in effect.
However, the committee has been stonewalled by the Justice Department and FBI for months.
According to the agreement between Nunes and Rosenstein, the House panel will also get access to eight key witnesses, Fox News reported, “including FBI agent Peter Strzok, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who exchanged anti-Trump text messages during an affair and previously worked on the special counsel’s Russia probe; FBI general counsel James Baker, who was reassigned; FBI head of counterintelligence Bill Priestap, whom ex-FBI boss James Comey testified made the decision not to brief Congress about the Russia case during last year’s election; and Bruce Ohr, a DOJ official reassigned after concealing meetings with figures involved in the dossier.”
All witnesses are tied directly to allegations of political bias against the president.
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