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Deputy
U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testifies to the House
Judiciary Committee hearing on oversight of the Justice
Department on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., December 13,
2017.

REUTERS/Joshua
Roberts


  • FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney
    General Rod Rosenstein met with House Speaker Paul Ryan on
    Wednesday to discuss demands by congressional supporters of
    President Donald Trump that the Justice Department hand over
    files relevant to the Russia investigation.
  • The Republican-led House Intelligence Committee had
    issued subpoenas to Wray and Rosenstein demanding
    files on former British intelligence officer Christopher
    Steele, who compiled an explosive dossier containing findings
    related to the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to
    Russia.
  • Trump’s allies in Congress and in the media have
    escalated their attacks on the Russia probe in recent
    months.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two top law enforcement officials met U.S.
House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday to discuss demands by
congressional supporters of President Donald Trump that the
Justice Department hand over files relevant to investigations of
possible Trump 2016 campaign ties to Russia, a source familiar
with the meeting said.

FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney
General Rod Rosenstein met
with Ryan, a Ryan spokeswoman, AshLee Strong, said, declining to
comment on the subject of the meeting.

A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment.

Reuters reported in September that the Republican-led House
Intelligence Committee had issued subpoenas to Wray
and Rosenstein demanding that they
surrender their agencies files on former British intelligence
officer Christopher Steele, his “dossier” on suspected Trump team
contacts with Russia and inquiries being made by the FBI and the
Justice Department into the dossier’s contents.

Officials said at the time that the agencies were reluctant to
comply with the subpoenas, backed by House of Representatives
Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, a Trump supporter,
because the FBI was conducting its own probe. That investigation
is supervised by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into U.S.
allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election campaign to
tilt the election in Trump’s favor.

Moscow has denied any effort to influence the election and Trump
denies any campaign collusion. Trump supporters have said that
the “dossier” and other allegations of Trump involvement with
Russia are smears concocted by Trump’s political enemies.

In December, news outlets reported that Nunes would ask his
committee to vote to hold the Justice Department and FBI in
contempt of Congress if they did not turn over the material
sought by the committee. It is unclear whether such a vote has
already been taken.

A spokesman for Nunes did not immediately respond to a request
for comment.

(Reuters editing by Grant McCool)

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