[Ed. – It seems so, if Kimberley Strassel’s sources are right. Given her well-deserved reputation for reliability and quality reportage, they probably are.]
A little more than a week ago, the committee’s frustrated chairman, Rep. [score]Devin Nunes[/score], took the case all the way to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who finally offered to make an FBI official available for a briefing. But the bureau is still withholding all documents. To date, Sen. [score]Chuck Grassley[/score]’s Judiciary Committee has not received any paper from the FBI on Russia matters, despite numerous requests, some countersigned by the Democratic ranking member, [score]Dianne Feinstein[/score].
Increasingly, one name is popping up: Gregory Brower, who leads the FBI’s Office of Congressional Affairs. Mr. Brower is an odd man for the job. These gigs tend to go to more-junior people, since they involve the drudgery of answering calls from grumpy congressional staffers. Yet Mr. Brower is a former U.S. attorney—a job that requires Senate confirmation—and a former Nevada state senator.
Before his latest role, he was the deputy general counsel of the FBI. In that post he was described as a confidant of former FBI Director James Comey. It was Mr. Comey who installed Mr. Brower in the congressional affairs job, just a few days before President Trump fired the director.
Mr. Brower has been shutting down congressional requests and stonewalling ever since.