The Justice Department, under intense pressure from Republicans and President Trump, said last week that its tapping a federal prosecutor in Chicago to produce documents related to the FBI’s handling of the Hillary email investigation.
The Justice Department missed a Thursday deadline to provide the House Judiciary Committee with documents related to the inquiry and a report about the department’s decision to fire former FBI Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.
On Saturday, Trump criticized the DOJ missing the deadline.
“What does the Department of Justice and FBI have to hide? Why aren’t they giving the strongly requested documents (unredacted) to the HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE?,” Trump tweeted “Stalling, but for what reason? Not looking good!”
The documents were subpoenaed last month by committee chairman, Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte, R-Va.
The missed deadline was also criticized by republicans.
“This is unacceptable — it’s time to stop the games,” Rep. Mark Meadows., R-N.C., tweeted.
John Lausch will oversee the production of the documents and will report directly to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the New York Times reports.
DOJ spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said Sessions requested the appointment.
“By appointing Mr. Lausch to oversee this specific document production, our goal is to assure Congress, the president and the American people that the F.B.I. is going to produce the relevant documents and will do so completely and with integrity and professionalism,” Flores said in a statement.