DOJ Caved, but Jordan Says Impeachment Threat Remains
Resignation, contempt of Congress also still 'on the table' for Rosenstein, Sessions and Wray if they don't comply fully with congressional subpoenas
The fact that Department of Justice officials allowed two congressman to view the largely unredacted document that launched the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe is a “small step in the right direction” — but impeachment remains an option, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said Wednesday on “The Ingraham Angle.”
“All I’m saying is that all should be on the table … We’ve been asking them for this information for five months,” Jordan told Fox News host Laura Ingraham. “I think all those things should be on the table — resignation, impeachment, contempt, all those things — just like Chairman Nunes said last night.”
Jordan was referring to House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.). That congressman threatened Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray with impeachment and contempt of Congress for failure to comply with congressional subpoenas during an interview Tuesday with Ingraham.
Just one day later, DOJ finally allowed Nunes and House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) to view a slightly redacted version of the two-page document in question.
Although Jordan called the DOJ’s cooperation a “small step in the right direction,” he said questions remained because Nunes and Gowdy weren’t able to view the fully unredacted document.
“You know, there’s still redactions in it,” Jordan said. “And sometimes I just go to the fundamentals. Why is it that folks in the Department of Justice get to see the unredacted things, but members of Congress elected by the people of this great country can’t see them in their unredacted forms?”
"We're the ones elected by the people," Jordan continued. "What I know is the American people want answers, and you can't get answers to the American people to important questions that deal with their fundamental liberties if you don't have access to the information, into the documents that are pertinent to that, to the investigation."
Jordan also noted that two FBI officials at the heart of the controversy — Peter Strzok and Lisa Page — retain their security clearances and would be able to view the two-page document fully unredacted. Text messages between the two FBI officials revealed intense bias against President Donald Trump and for 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton while the two were participating in the FBI's investigations.
"They are so compromised [that special counsel Robert] Mueller even kicked them off his team," Jordan said. "But they still have a security clearance and members [of Congress] can't see [those] documents."
Although the DOJ cooperated with the lawmakers Wednesday, the department has still failed to fully comply with congressional subpoenas for thousands of documents. Thus, Attorney General Jeff Sessions appointed U.S. Attorney John Lausch of the Northern District of Illinois to speed up efforts to deliver documents lawmakers have been seeking for months. But if the process drags out too much longer, Jordan said there would be severe consequences for Rosenstein, Wray and Sessions.
"My attitude is just like [Nunes']. If things don't change dramatically — and I'm talking days, not weeks or months — if they don't change dramatically, then impeachment and contempt and resignations should all be on the table," Jordan warned. "Because we're tired of it, and more importantly the American people are tired of it."