For months, congressional committees have been requesting documents from the DOJ for some of their investigations and for months, the DOJ has stalled and failed to comply with the congressional requests. When they do send anything over it is so heavily redacted that it makes the document useless.
Yesterday, President Donald Trump blasted the DOJ via Twitter, calling their system rigged and threatening to use his presidential powers to force the DOJ to cooperate with the requests from Congress.
Trump’s tweet was in response to Deputy AG Rosenstein notifying two members of Congress that their request for the full ‘scope memo’ concerning Mueller’s investigation was being denied. Lawmakers are trying to find out of Mueller has been investigating matters that do not fall under the scope of his special counsel investigation.
(Fox News) – President Trump lashed out at his own Justice Department again on Wednesday, tearing into officials for not cooperating with document requests from congressional Republicans while warning he could “use the powers” of the presidency to intervene in the dispute.
“A Rigged System – They don’t want to turn over Documents to Congress,” the president tweeted, in an apparent swipe at the Justice Department.
Trump said, “What are they afraid of? Why so much redacting? Why such unequal ‘justice?’ At some point I will have no choice but to use the powers granted to the Presidency and get involved!”
The president didn’t specify the documents he says the DOJ won’t release. He also didn’t say which presidential powers he is referring to, though it could be anything from declassifying files to extracting documents sought by Congress to perhaps intervening in the Russia probe…
Trump is right when he asks what, are they afraid of and what are they trying to hide by not complying with the requests from Congress. Regardless if it involves an ongoing investigation, Congress still has the right to determine if Mueller has over-stepped his authority, which many believe he has. Is Rosenstein trying to protect Mueller?