GOP prepared to use ‘full arsenal of constitutional weapons’ against DOJ — including impeachment

GOP prepared to use ‘full arsenal of constitutional weapons’ against DOJ — including impeachment
House Republicans are prepared to use all constitutional tools at their disposal to get the DOJ to comply with numerous subpoenas. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

House Oversight Committee chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said Sunday that House Republicans are prepared to use their “full arsenal of constitutional weapons” against the Department of Justice, which has refused to comply with numerous requests from Congress.

What did Gowdy say?

The South Carolina lawmaker explained that top Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), held a meeting with top Justice Department brass on Friday.

During that meeting, Ryan threatened that the House is prepared to use its “full arsenal of constitutional weapons to gain compliance” on numerous outstanding subpoenas the agency has failed to adequately respond to.

“And Paul made it very clear; there’s going to be action on the floor of the House this week if the FBI and DOJ do not comply with our subpoena request,” Gowdy explained. “I don’t want the drama. I want the documents.

Gowdy did not immediately explain which subpoenas he was referring to. However, it is known there are numerous outstanding subpoenas, including for more than one million documents related to the FBI’s Hillary Clinton investigation, documents related to alleged spying in the Trump campaign and the firing of Andrew McCabe.

In addition, Gowdy and Nunes have made numerous requests for documents related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and the investigative period preceding Mueller’s appointment.

Nunes has accused the DOJ of “stonewalling.”

What did Nunes say?

The California Republican told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo on Sunday that “there will be hell to pay” if the DOJ refuses to comply requests from Congress.

He said impeachment will be on the table for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein if Congress’ requests are not answered this week.

“We can’t force the resignation, but we can hold in contempt, we can pass resolutions, we can impeach — I think we’re getting close to there,” Nunes said. “I can tell you it’s not going to be pretty.”