US Attorney in Chicago appointed to oversee production of documents to Congress

US Attorney in Chicago appointed to oversee production of documents to Congress

- President Donald Trump is accusing the Justice Department of "slow walking" its release of documents related to the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

On Saturday, Mr. Trump bailed out in the Justice Office for lacking a deadline Determined by the Judiciary Committee to flip on the records.

April 7, 2018What does the Department of Justice and FBI have to hide?

"Exactly what exactly does the Department of Justice and FBI have to cover?"

FBI director Christopher Wray announced last month that the bureau was doubling the number of staffers assigned to the team tasked with filling the request.

Goodlatte said late last month he had only received a few thousand of the 1.2 million documents he had requested in that investigation, which has long been a source of Republican frustration.

The Justice Department missed a Thursday deadline to provide the House Judiciary Committee with documents related to the inquiry and a report about the department's decision to fire former FBI Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.

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The addition of Lausch, a Trump appointee, didn't appease House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Trey Gowdy, who said he was struggling to understand Lausch's role.

Democrats have criticized the GOP probe as a partisan distraction to the Russia investigation. "You make the call: Do you think this is the Department of Justice's best effort toward cooperation?" Stalling, but for what reason?

CORRECTION: This story's headline has been updated to reflect that John Lausch is a US attorney. "They agree that the Department and the FBI should accommodate the Committee's request in a timely fashion and in the fullest manner consistent with the Department's law enforcement and national security responsibilities".

"Congress requested these documents months ago. How is injecting someone new into an ongoing review and production process calculated to expedite the process?"

The appointment of a U.S. attorney outside Washington, D.C., to supervise the production of Justice Department documents is an unusual step, although so is Trump's criticism.

Drawing heat from congressional committees investigating the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal, the Obama administration brought in an outsider, Steven Reich, to help oversee document production, according to former Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich, who worked alongside Reich as the head of the DOJ's Office of Legislative Affairs.

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