115th Congress, Congress, House of Representatives, Russia

Subpoena? Ha, ha, ha, the FBI laughs at your puny subpoena, Congress!

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If you’ve ever seen a cop drama on TV you’ve surely heard the line, “If you did nothing wrong, you’ve got nothing to hide.” Well, it looks like the nation’s top law enforcement agency did something wrong because they are doing a lot of hiding. For the third time this year, the FBI has thumbed its nose at Congress and refused to hand over subpoenaed documents related to the Russia investigation. What do you do when the nation’s top cops refuse to cooperate with Congress?

Image Credit: Federal Bureau of Investigation Public Domain

One of the more important roles of Congress is the job of oversight. Congress is supposed to play an oversight role in every federal government agency. In the House, NASA reports to the Committee on Space, Science, and Technology. The Department of Defense reports to the Armed Services Committee, and everyone is looked at by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The Senate also has their own versions of these committees. When a committee wants to investigate alleged improprieties, the agencies are expected to cooperate and produce all requested documentation. That doesn’t seem to be happening.

For months, the FBI and Congress have been battling over documents related to the dossier on President Trump created by Christopher Steele. While the salacious document was the subject of many media reports, it was easily proven false. With multiple Russia investigations being conducted on Capitol Hill, the document has become the focus of many members of Congress.

Congress needs the documents because they are attempting to find out three things: 1) who paid for the dossier; 2) did the FBI believe the dossier was real; and 3) did the FBI use the dossier for justification in spying on then-candidate Trump and the campaign team? The answer to those questions could go a long way into solving the issue of “Russian” interference in the last election.

After months of stonewalling by the FBI, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) finally subpoenaed the documents. On Aug. 24, Nunes sent the subpoena to the FBI and DOJ seeking all documents related to Steele and the firm that hired him, GPS Fusion. The chairman gave the agencies until Sept. 1 to comply.

The day came and went with no documents being provided to the committee. Being the gentleman that he is, Nunes then extended the deadline until Sept. 14. The chairman also sent a letter to the Attorney General and Director of the FBI stating, “Please be advised that, in the event that DOJ or FBI fails to provide the documents in full or testimony described above, the Committee expressly reserves the right to proceed with any and all available legal options—including reporting to the full House of Representatives a resolution to hold the Attorney General and Director of the FBI in contempt of Congress, pursuant to 2 U.S.C. Sections 192, 194.”

For a third time, the FBI and DOJ failed to produce any documents for the committee, once when asked and twice under subpoena. Why would the FBI refuse to cooperate with Congress? If the FBI did nothing wrong, it would make sense for them to run up to Capitol Hill and declare, “Here are the documents, and we did nothing wrong!” That is not happening.

The committee is at an impasse and must make a decision. Does Congress continue to let the executive branch spit in its face and ignore the constitutional authority of Congress, or does Congress find its spine and fight back?

Clearly, the FBI and DOJ are trying to hide something, and Chairman Nunes must make good on his promise. Nunes should initiate the process to hold the leaders of the FBI and DOJ in contempt of Congress. The decision by the DOJ and FBI to ignore Congress not only affects the two agencies, it affects the entire federal government. If every agency believes it can defy Congress with no repercussions, Congress has no oversight role. It is up to Chairman Nunes to remind the executive branch of the Congressional oversight role.

This is a guest post by Printus LeBlanc is a contributing editor for Americans for Limited Government.
  • Barbro Nygren

    Easy answer to the question.HIDING Hillary’s involvement plus her ring leaders business in Russia

  • Danny S.

    Time to roll armored tanks up to the FBI steps . Everything that America stands for is at stake. No justice. No country!

  • Robert

    Any fool knows that not even Congress has the authority to bother an on going investigation. I do suppose those in Congress make the laws but do not know what they are. Only a higher Federal law enforcement authority can take over the investigation, and when the FBI is the highest Law Enforcement authority there is then who is taking over the investigation.

    • zappafan1A

      Congress, no. But a sitting president has the Constitutional authority to ask about, initiate or end any investigation of any of the agencies.

      • Robert

        zappafan
        You are correct but the people in Congress can rehire the special council which they said on several occasions that they would do. That the President can not fire. What is it that everyone is so afraid of the truth, because anything they find they have to provide beyond a shadow of doubt facts to support it. I would think everyone would want the truth brought out.

        • zappafan1A

          I agree. But, as usual, even our justice departments are politicized, and so want to prevent things from The people. A good example is the following…. and remember, Wikileaks has been correct 100% of the time over the past 11 years:

          From Wikileaks:
          Amb. Stevens was sent to Benghazi in order to retrieve US made Stinger missiles supplied to Ansar al Sharia without Congressional oversight or permission.

          Hillary brokered the deal through Stevens and a private arms dealer named Marc Turi. Then some of the shoulder fired missiles ended up in Afghanistan and were used against our own military.

          It was July 25th, 2012 when a Chinook helicopter was taken down by one of our own Stingers, but the idiot Taliban didn’t arm the missile and the Chinook didn’t explode, but had to land anyway.

          An ordnance team recovered the serial number off the missile which led back to a cache of Stingers being kept in Qatar by the CIA. Obama and Hillary were now in full panic mode and Stevens was sent in to retrieve the rest of the Stingers. This was a “do-or-die” mission, which explains the stand down orders given to multiple commando teams.

          It was the State Dept, not the CIA, that supplied them to our sworn enemies, because Petraeus wouldn’t approve supplying these deadly weapons due to their potential use on commercial aircraft.

          Then, Obama threw Gen. Petraeus under the bus after he refused to testify that he OK’d the BS talking points about a spontaneous uprising due to a YouTube video. Obama and Hillary committed treason and THIS is what the investigation is all about, why she had a private server, (in order to delete the digital evidence), and why Obama, two weeks after the attack, told the UN that the attack was the result of a YouTube vide o, even though everyone knew it was not.

          Further…the Taliban knew that this administration aided and abetted the enemy without Congressional approval when Boehner created the Select Cmte, and the Taliban began pushing the Obama Administration for the release of 5 Taliban Generals. Bowe Bergdahl was just a pawn…everyone KNEW he was a traitor.

          So we have (had) a traitor as POTUS (OweBama) that is not only corrupt, but compromised, and a woman that is a serial liar, perjured herself multiple times at Congressional hearings. Perhaps this is why no military aircraft was called in…because the administration knew our enemies had Stingers.

          • Robert

            Zappafan1A
            I do not think any of us can write it in stone what Wikileaks publishes any more it is fed so much false information by the governments that a lot of stuff is questionable at best. The only part I can agree with what ever Stevens was there for was super top secret, even this administration will not venture into it, and I do think if it were something that Trump could pin on the Obama Administration it would have been in all the news Trump would make sure of that. The other thing is the State Dept has no control over weapons and without other authorization the weapons would not move any where.
            If what you seem to believe is true then why did Trump not get it exposed to make Obama Administration look very bad.
            About Bergdahl now why is it that the court under Sessions can find nothing more than the mild charges that Bergdahl is charged with, not charging him with any heavy charges like you seem to think..

          • zappafan1A

            As mentioned, Wikileaks has been 100% accurate 100% of the time over the past 11 years. Think what you will, Assange is nothing more than an investigative reporter who does a darn good job.

            I believe that Sessions is the problem concerning a few of the things you mentioned.

  • Daniel F. Melton

    It might be appropriate to freeze all funding for those agencies that labor under the delusion that they are immune to congressional subpoena. Missing a few paychecks might get their attention.

    • Prashant

      Muslim hater dirty kuffar natanyahoo’s dikk sukker

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