The Washington Examiner reported that a committee press release stated that the subpoena asked for documents from the Justice Department and the FBI “regarding charging decisions in the investigation surrounding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server, potential abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility recommendation to fire former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.”
Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., sent a letter along with the subpoena informing Rosenstein that the committee had asked for the documents months ago and received little or nothing in response.
“Given the department’s ongoing delays in producing these documents, I am left with no choice but to issue [a] subpoena to compel production of these documents,” Goodlatte wrote.
A source high up in the Justice Department said yesterday that Sessions has grown impatient with FBI Director Christopher Wray.
“Senior staff on both sides of the street have met on this and the FBI is getting called on the carpet,” the source said. “The Attorney General is angry with how slow the process has moved when it comes to requests from Congress to the FBI. He’s told Wray that the pace is unacceptable and that if the FBI needs to double the number of people working on this, then that’s what they need to do, but he is done seeing the Department criticized for the FBI’s slow walking of requests from Congress like the last administration when these requests should be a top priority.”
Wray immediately issued a press release in which he pledged to double the number of people working on the document request.
“As the Director of the FBI, I am committed to ensuring that the Bureau is being transparent and responsive to legitimate congressional requests,” Wray stated. “Up until today, we have dedicated 27 FBI staff to review the records that are potentially responsive to Chairman Goodlatte’s requests. The actual number of documents responsive to this request is likely in the thousands. Regardless, I agree that the current pace of production is too slow. Accordingly, I am doubling the number of assigned FBI staff, for a total of 54, to cover two shifts per day from 8 a.m. to midnight to expedite completion of this project.”
Members of the committee are still skeptical, however.
“Obviously that’s a good sign, but I’ll believe it when I see it,” said Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a member of the committee. “But as important as getting documents to us in a much more timely fashion is, are they going to be redacted? We know in the past that documents we have received have been redacted so much that we can’t figure them out.”
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