Grassley: Congress kept in dark while DOJ leaks investigation details

From Press Release


Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) made the following statement after the Justice Department failed to provide a substantive response to a Sept. 14, 2015, letter from he and Government Affairs Chairman U.S. Ron Johnson.

The senators asked Attorney General Loretta Lynch for answers about whether the Justice Department would deem a proffer session as a waiver of a witness’s Fifth Amendment rights and whether the department has an ongoing criminal inquiry related to the witness.  The Justice Department’s response failed to address any of the senators’ questions.

Here is Grassley’s statement.

“The Justice Department is giving us less information than normal when they should be giving us more, so that we can make an informed decision about whether to seek an immunity order.  You know it is getting a little absurd when someone at the Justice Department is apparently leaking details to the press about an investigation that the department officially refuses to admit to Congress that it is conducting. 

“In light of the details reported in the media, the committee will be seeking more information about the State Department’s attempts to regain possession of the email records that should have remained at the State Department in the first place.  The FBI should also provide clarity on how it will handle the emails now that they have been recovered from the server.  Allowing an independent authority to search for records that were requested by Congress, the Inspector General, the press, and the public years ago, and then providing the records to the appropriate requesters, would be a welcome move in transparency.”