CRACKDOWN: Nunes Demands Document That Started Russia Investigation, Threatens Legal Fight

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On Wednesday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) sent a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray that instructed them to produce unredacted copies of the documents that the FBI used as the basis to officially open up its Russia investigation.

The document that was used to formally launch the investigation into members of the Trump campaign has been a source of significant controversy as Republican leaders claim that the bureau used unverified information from the salacious anti-Trump dossier as the basis for the investigation, the Washington Examiner reported.

It was later reported that it was information provided to the FBI from a Clinton-connected Australian diplomat about George Papadopoulos that was used to start the investigation.

"On March 14, 2018, committee investigators were given access to a still heavily redacted version of the EC, which — as I informed Director Wray the next day via phone — was unsatisfactory," Nunes wrote in his letter.

After recapping the numerous attempts he has made to get the requested documents, Nunes threatened immediate legal action if the documents are not produced within one week.

"Therefore, in accordance with the August 24, 2017 subpoenas, you are hereby directed to produce to the Committee, by Wednesday, April 11, 2018, an unredacted version of the EC, along with any and all responsive documents previously made available for in camera review, including but not limited to the Carter Page FISA applications," Nunes continued. "Be advised that failure to comply in a satisfactory manner will result in the Committee pursuing all appropriate legal remedies, including seeking civil enforcement of the August 24 subpoenas in federal district court."

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