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As the man in the middle of a bitter fight, Attorney General Jeff Sessions isn’t handling it well.
A new report about a confrontation between congressional staff and the Justice Department’s No. 2 man who is overseeing the “Russian collusion” regarding the Donald Trump presidential campaign paints a chilling picture of a government bureaucrat threatening members of Congress.
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And Sessions, the Justice Department’s ostensible No. 1 man, is left trying to clean up the mess in public.
According to a Fox News report, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe after Sessions recused himself last year, threatened to “subpoena” documents from the House Intelligence Committee, such as emails and phone records, because of the committee’s aggressive oversight of the Russia probe.
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According to the report by Catherine Herridge, Fox News intelligence correspondent, an email by an intelligence committee staffer described a January meeting between the committee and Rosenstein that got downright hostile.
“The DAG [Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein] criticized the Committee for sending our requests in writing and was further critical of the Committee’s request to have DOJ/FBI do the same when responding,” Herridge quoted the email.
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“Going so far as to say that if the Committee likes being litigators, then ‘we [DOJ] too [are] litigators, and we will subpoena your records and your emails,’ referring to HPSCI [House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence] and Congress overall.”
According to Herridge, the email was written by Kashyap Patel, the House Intelligence Committee’s then-senior counsel for counterterrorism to the House Office of General Counsel.
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According to a New York Times report from February, Patel is the man who wrote the memo from Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes that described how the FBI obtained a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to spy on members of the Trump presidential campaign.
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