A Department of Justice letter insisting it had complied with conservative lawmakers’ demands to turn over documents related to the FBI’s use of confidential informants to meet with Trump campaign figures is “an art form in creative writing,” Rep. Mark Meadows, North Carolina Republican, said Tuesday on Twitter.
Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd late Monday sent a letter to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, California Republican, asserting the Justice Department has already turned over the documents sought by conservative lawmakers. Mr. Boyd said the department has met the committee’s demands while protecting “the integrity of an ongoing investigation.”
“Your letter asks whether the Department and FBI ‘intend to obey the law,’ ” Mr. Boyd wrote in the letter. “We believe that is exactly what the Department and the FBI have been doing.”
Mr. Boyd also said some of the documents requested by Mr. Nunes are “solely in the custody and control of the FBI.”
Mr. Nunes had set a deadline of 5 p.m. Monday for the Justice Department to turn over all documents related to the FBI’s use of informants. After the deadline had passed, Mr. Boyd informed Mr. Nunes in his letter that the Justice Department has met his demand.