President Trump lashed out on Monday at the Justice Department on Twitter, accusing the department and the FBI of “slow walking” documents requested by lawmakers to Congress.
“So sad that the Department of ‘Justice’ and the FBI are slow walking, or even not giving, the unredacted documents requested by Congress,” Trump tweeted, using quotation marks around the word “Justice.” “An embarrassment to our country!”
So sad that the Department of “Justice” and the FBI are slow walking, or even not giving, the unredacted documents requested by Congress. An embarrassment to our country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 2, 2018
Conservative lawmakers in the House have subpoenaed the department for documents in the course of an investigation into what Republicans say is potential abuse and criminality at DOJ during the 2016 election.
Democrats have described the probe, led by Judiciary chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), as a partisan distraction aimed at muddying the waters around special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into President Trump’s campaign and Russia.
Specifically, GOP lawmakers want to see a tranche of over a million documents examined by Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who is conducting a parallel probe into decision-making during the 2016 election.
FBI Director Chris Wray recently announced the bureau was doubling the number of personnel working to respond to the document requests, to 54 staffers, who are working in two shifts from 8 a.m. to midnight. Lawmakers have received about 3,000 documents so far.
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