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Senate resolution allows intel committee to share documents with Justice Department


The Senate Intel Committee has something the Justice Department wants. On Wednesday evening the full Senate voted to give it to them - without knowing exactly what “it” is.

Senators passed a resolution allowing the committee to share whatever information it has pertaining to a current investigation. “Whereas, the United States Department of Justice has requested that the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence provide it with records in connection with a pending investigation arising out of allegations of the unauthorized disclosure of information,” the resolution read, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

There was no indication which investigation the resolution referred to, but the committee has been conducting a probe of Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election, which has widely been hailed as bipartisan. The Justice Department, too, under the guidance of Special Counsel Robert Mueller has undertaken a wide-ranging investigation of interference and potential collusion between members of the Trump team and Russian operatives. In addition, at the president's urging there is a probe underway as to methods used by prosecutors, including the use of a confidential informant, to investigate potential Trump campaign involvement.

Both investigations include scrutiny of how information has been disclosed.

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