FBI releases transcripts from James Comey investigation, refuses to release other records

Fifteen months after I made a Freedeom of Information Act request to the FBI and Office of Special Counsel, and nine months after I filed suit to get the records that I requested, the FBI has finally produced transcripts from OSC’s investigation of FBI Director James Comey.

You may recall that Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley blew a gasket when he found out the FBI required OSC to sign a non-disclosure agreement that purportedly would have prevented OSC from sharing information with Congress about the investigation. [Note: the OSC in question has nothing to do with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, but is a standalone agency that was investigating allegations that Mr. Comey violated the Hatch Act when he interfered in the 2016 Presidential election].

Like Senator Grassley, I think it’s outrageous that an executive branch agency would try to “contract” with another such agency to hide records from Congress and the public. On September 30, 2017, I served FOIA requests on the FBI and OSC for the non-disclosure agreement (“NDA”) above, as well as all other NDAs that FBI and OSC had executed with other agencies.

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