Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein plans to call for an investigation into Rep. Devin Nunes’ staffers on the House Intelligence Committee, CNN reports.
Rosenstein has repeatedly clashed with Nunes for months over a subpoena for documents related to the special counsel’s Russia probe.
According to an earlier Fox News report, Rosenstein threatened to “subpoena” the emails, phone records and other documents of lawmakers and staff on the House Intel Committee during a combative meeting earlier this year.
“The Deputy Attorney General was making the point — after being threatened with contempt — that as an American citizen charged with the offense of contempt of Congress, he would have the right to defend himself, including requesting production of relevant emails and text messages and calling them as witnesses to demonstrate that their allegations are false,” a DOJ official told CNN. “That is why he put them on notice to retain relevant emails and text messages, and he hopes they did so.”
Now, CNN reports that Rosenstein will “request that the House general counsel conduct an internal investigation of these Congressional staffers’ conduct” after he returns from a trip overseas later this week.