Rep. Meadows: Lawmakers should ‘absolutely’ hold DOJ, FBI officials in contempt of Congress

· April 11, 2018  
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Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., is fed up with the Department of Justice stonewalling Congress and its failure to comply with a subpoena issued by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. Amid rumors that President Trump is considering firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the congressman said it’s lawmakers who have a “bigger problem” with him.

“Really at this particular point, I think that it’s members of Congress who have a bigger problem with Rod Rosenstein,” Meadows told reporters Wednesday. “Myself included.”

“He is not giving us the documents, and he is not doing his job,” he continued. “If he is not going to do the job, he needs to go and find one that he will do, and so the frustration with the AG and the deputy AG is probably more of a focus of Congress, and it probably makes the president’s dissatisfaction pale in comparison.”

When asked, Meadows said that Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Rosenstein should “absolutely” be held in contempt of congress. He also said that impeachment is “in the toolbox” if FBI Director Christopher Wray will not direct his agency to comply with Congress.

“They have not complied with the subpoena. They should be held in contempt if they can’t get it right,” Meadows said.

In March, the House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena for documents “regarding charging decisions in the investigation surrounding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server, potential abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility recommendation to fire former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.”

Meadows has complained vocally about the DOJ’s noncompliance.

Meadows iterated his hope that the FBI and the DOJ will comply with Congress before lawmakers take the first step of holding officials in contempt.

Author: Chris Pandolfo

Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.

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