FBI Investigates Itself and Withholds Information

Why should we be surprised that there are problems when the FBI investigates possible crimes they are accused of?

The Senate is investigating the FBI but that means the FBI investigates itself for the most part because the Senate relies on the FBI to give it documents. Journalist Sharyl Attkisson points out that there is (duh) a real conflict of interest in the entire investigation. And she also points out that the FBI is making decisions about how much to redact requested documents.

Is the FBI accountable or not?

Sharyl Attkisson wrote for The Hill two days ago, “Senate documents show FBI trying to suppress release of new Trump dossier info.

The Steele criminal referral in essence asks the FBI to investigate a source with whom FBI officials collaborated, and whose evidence they used in a fashion that’s under congressional investigation.

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The referral was addressed to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein who himself signed at least one of the questionable wiretap applications using the Steele dossier.

It was also addressed to FBI Director Christopher Wray whose choice for general counsel, Dana Boente, also signed at least one of the wiretap applications. Boente replaced James Baker, a confidante of former FBI Director James Comey, who signed three of the wiretap applications.  […] […]

Unlike the House of Representatives, which has processes allowing members to release formerly classified material without FBI approval, the Senate requires the FBI’s permission.

That’s why the documents released today still contain significant blacked out or redacted portions. The FBI’s explanation for that is also partly redacted. FBI Assistant Director for Congressional Affairs Gregory Bower stated “the FBI cannot and will not weaken its commitment to protecting [redacted]. Public reporting about [redacted] does not affect the FBI’s policy with respect to classification [redacted] nor does it diminish our obligations [redacted].”

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