Department of Justice asks Committee 1/6 for transcripts


The committee did not grant the request because Chairman Bennie Thompson, a Democratic congressman from Mississippi, told reporters that the depositions were the property of the committee, according to the spokesman.

The other source simply said there has been no response from the committee since the letter requesting the transcripts was sent in late April.

The Justice Department wants the transcripts to help in its investigation and bring in witnesses, according to the source familiar with the matter. The source did not specify which transcripts were requested.

The Department of Justice declined to comment for this story.

The New York Times was first to report news of the Justice Department’s request.

The lack of cooperation on the transcripts shows some simmering frustration between the committee and the Department of Justice.

A particular source of tension has been the contempt discharge of Trump’s White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, who, more than five months after he was sent by the House, has still not been followed up by the Department of Justice. Justice, another source close to the matter said. The committee was frustrated by the lack of response, after the Justice Department’s swift decision to charge Steve Bannon within weeks of the committee’s referral.

Committee members have publicly criticized the lack of movement in these cases.

“This committee is doing its job,” committee member Zoe Lofgren, a California Democrat, said at a committee meeting in March. “The Justice Department needs to do its thing.”

The frustration reflects a reality that the Justice Department rarely shares information with the Hill amid an ongoing investigation, especially one also by Congress.

Attorney General Merrick Garland has not commented publicly on Meadows’ removal, saying in late April, “We don’t comment on ongoing removals.”

Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, who serves on the committee, told CNN the panel and the Justice Department can benefit from sharing information.

“Interviews in the committee’s possession are the property of the committee,” Raskin said.

Referring to the DOJ, he added: “And I imagine the committee will want to see any relevant evidence used in any relevant legal context.”

This story was updated with additional developments on Tuesday.


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