To Redact, or Not To Redact

Senator Ron Johnson continues his effort to claw documents out of the grip of a reluctant FBI and Department of Justice. As hhairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, he has been fighting to acquire materials involving the FBI and DoJ investigations both into Hillary Clinton’s email server, and into the counterintelligence probe of Trump campaign aides. Even when documents have been made available, much has been blacked out. On June 8, Johnson penned a searing letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray accusing the bureau of “highly questionable redactions without apparent legitimate reasons.”This letter follows earlier letters—March 23 to the attorney general, and May 11 to the FBI—asking for explanations of their redaction policies. The Justice Department and FBI made a halfway gesture in respo…read more

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