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Chuck Grassley Blasts FBI for Not Providing Information to Committee

Grassley criticized the FBI for releasing more information to Freedom of Information Act requests than it would to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) criticized the FBI for releasing more information to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests than it would to the Senate Judiciary Committee at a Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday.

After citing the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails and the FBI’s subsequent confirmation of a grand jury in response to a FOIA request, Grassley questioned FBI Director James Comey over his refusal to disclose that information before Congress.

“Why does the FBI give more information to someone who files a lawsuit than to an oversight committee in the Congress and that has happened to me several times? Grassley asked.

Comey refused to definitively answer Grassley’s question.

“If I, Chuck Grassley, as a private citizen, file a Freedom of Information Act [request] and you’ll give me more information than you’ll give to Senator Chuck Grassley, how do you justify that?” Grassley asked.

“It’s a good question. I can’t as I sit here,” Comey responded.

“Ee gads,” Grassley muttered as he turned to another matter.