House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., revealed the existence of a “fourth bucket” of information related to potential misconduct by the FBI that he wants to be declassified.
On his way out as chairman, as Democrats will take control of the House next year, Nunes said his panel’s investigation into the Justice Department and FBI is largely complete. Still, he said the public release of these “buckets” would help give his efforts a sense of “finality.”
Speaking with anchor Maria Bartiromo on her Fox News program “Sunday Morning Futures,” Nunes said the first of three “buckets” were the Russia-related documents President Trump walked back from declassifying earlier this year.
The last tranche of documents, he said, pertains to emails showing knowledge about withholding information from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court.
“The new fourth bucket that we’re asking to be declassified now is — for months we have been reviewing emails between FBI, and DOJ, and others that clearly show that they knew about information that should have been presented to the FISA court,” he said.
Nunes added that House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has been pressing the Justice Department to hand over emails and make as many public as possible. As has been a point of frustration in the past, Nunes complained that the DOJ has redacted some information, even in classified settings.
“We continue to work with the DOJ on ensuring Congressional oversight requests are fulfilled,” Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong told the Washington Examiner in an email.
A spokesperson for the Justice Department did not immediately return a request for comment.
The other three “buckets” of documents he and GOP allies have pushed Trump to declassify remain under wraps.
After making a declaration in September to have these documents declassified and Russia-related texts from officials, including FBI Director James Comey, released, Trump reversed course after meeting with top DOJ officials, including Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
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