House chairmen Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), and Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) have signed a letter demanding that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein provide “unredacted” copies of former FBI Director James Comey’s memos detailing his conversations with President Trump before he was fired.
“The Committees request the Department of Justice make copies of the Comey memos available immediately. Copies of any unclassified memos should be produced to all three Committees in unredacted form,” they wrote.
“There is no legal basis for withholding these materials from Congress.”
The GOP House chairmen’s letter comes ahead of the release of Comey’s new book. In the book, he describes Trump as a mob-boss, a man who is “ego driven” and “untethered to truth.”
On Friday, Trump took to Twitter to criticize Comey as an “untruthful slimeball” and “leaker.”
“It was my great honor to fire James Comey!” he tweeted.
The Hill added:
Earlier this week, Nunes separately threatened to pursue contempt or impeachment proceedings with FBI Director James Comey and Rosenstein if they did not cooperate with his subpoena related to surveillance abuse during the 2016 election.
Rosenstein allowed Nunes and other House Intelligence Committee embers to view a two-page document in unredacted form, which detailed what information launched the counterintelligence Russia investigation. The move appeared to dispel the situation for now.
Frustrated Republicans are stepping up their pressure on the DOJ and FBI to provide documents related to a range of investigations they are pursuing, including the FBI’s decision-making during the 2016 election.