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Washington - GOP Senator Calls On FBI To Loosen Hold On Clinton Documents

Published on: August 31, 2016 10:03 PM
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the American Legion's 98th Annual Convention at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the American Legion's 98th Annual Convention at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Washington - The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked the FBI on Wednesday to correct what he called its “mistake” of restricting access to unclassified files from its closed investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, urged FBI Director James Comey to send his committee any unclassified records involving the investigation into the Democratic presidential nominee. Grassley set a deadline of Friday.

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Responding to requests from GOP House members, the FBI on Aug. 16 delivered two large binders containing both classified and unclassified documents to a secure room on Capitol Hill typically reserved for the nation’s most closely guarded secrets. Documents containing classified information are included with those marked by the FBI as “Unclassified/For Official Use.”

Grassley said that by comingling the documents and locking them away the FBI violated an executive order dictating the proper handling classified materials.

“The FBI is not following its legal responsibility and is impeding the ability of Judiciary Committee members and staff to work with the unclassified documents,” Grassley wrote.

The FBI did not immediately respond to emails from The Associated Press asking to discuss Grassley’s demand.

The FBI in July closed the agency’s yearlong investigation into whether Clinton and her top aides mishandled classified information that flowed through a private email server located in the basement of her New York home. Though he described Clinton’s actions as “extremely careless,” Comey said his agents found no evidence to support criminal charges.

Republicans said Clinton lied to Congress about her handling of emails when she testified last October before a House panel investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya. The GOP is pressing the Justice Department to open a new investigation into whether Clinton committed perjury.

FBI case files are typically kept confidential after an investigation is closed without a recommendation for charges, and the Clinton documents were sent to Congress accompanied by written warnings not to leak the information.

The documents from the FBI’s investigation are being kept in a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, known within the intelligence community as a SCIF.

Access to the guarded room is restricted to members of the oversight, judiciary and intelligence committees and their staffs. Those without sufficient security clearances can read only redacted versions of the files and are forbidden from making copies or taking notes.

“It is improper to bundle unclassified information with classified information in this manner in an attempt to impose controls on unclassified documents as though they were classified,” Grassley wrote in his letter to the FBI director. “It also raises serious constitutional separation of powers issues when the imposition of such document controls interferes with the independent oversight function of the Judiciary Committee.”



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 Aug 31, 2016 at 10:44 PM Anonymous Says:

Was there ever a doubt in anyone's mind that James called me and the FBI are in Clinton's pocket?

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 Sep 01, 2016 at 03:01 AM lipa99 Says:

the American people have a constitutional right to know the "deal" made by the FBI with the "Clintons" and should have access to all the "lies" committed by Hillary

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 Sep 01, 2016 at 07:34 AM Anonymous Says:

The FBI is acting as an agent of the Obama administration that is extending itself in an extreme manner to protect Clinton. That is not the mandate of the president, the DOJ, or the FBI. It is a desire of politicians with particular party affiliation to make their candidate appear honest when the opposite is the case. Hillary has been a consistent liar, and the energy of the DOJ needs to be whether she committed perjury. Comey himself presented all the facts supporting the contention that Hillary lied on nearly everything, but stupidly followed the direction of the WH to not charge her with a crime. Once the FBI has become an arm to further party politics, it has lost its value to the American people. It needs to be overhauled to be partisan-free. No one should be surprised, because that has been the mission of the Obama administration, and the Democratic Party.

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 Sep 01, 2016 at 09:25 AM Mr Yossi Field Says:

The corruption goes all the way up the ladder to the White House

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