The FBI has stated that they will not expedite the release of documents detailing meetings that occurred between former President Obama and James Comey.
Such information is not “a matter of widespread and exceptional media interest in which there exists possible questions about the government’s integrity which affects public confidence,” David Hardy, the section chief for the bureau’s Record/Information Dissemination Section, told TheDCNF in a Feb. 26 letter.
Journalists have filed an FOIA request for meetings that occurred on January 5, 2017, because Comey never testified to Congress about them.
Also in attendance at the meeting was Deputy AG Sally Yates, former VP Biden, and Susan Rice.
The US National Archives originally revealed the Rice email she sent to herself about another “secret” January 20th meeting.
Senator Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham were responsible for releasing the email after they received it from the National Archives.
In February Grassley and Graham wrote to Susan Rice saying:
“It strikes us as odd that, among your activities in the final moments on the final day of the Obama administration, you would feel the need to send yourself such an unusual email purporting to document a conversation involving President Obama,” the two wrote.
“Despite your claim that President Obama repeatedly told Mr. Comey to proceed ‘by the book,’ substantial questions have arisen about whether officials at the FBI, as well as at the Justice Department and the State Department, actually did proceed ‘by the book,’” the two senators continued.
During Comey’s testimony before the Senate on June 8th, 2017 Comey said, “I spoke alone with President Obama twice in person (and never on the phone) – once in 2015 to discuss law enforcement policy issues and a second time, briefly, for him to say goodbye in late 2016,” Comey’s opening statement read.
Here was the reason the Daily Caller requested an expedited request:
“The issue of Director Comey’s meetings with President Obama is a key troubling issue for Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley,” TheDCNF wrote in its application for the expedited processing. TheDCNF attached to Grassly-Graham letter to Rice in the FOIA request for expedited handling.
Hardy said TheDCNF failed to meet its standards for expedited processing as provided under 28 CFR 16.5 (e)(1)(iv).
“You have not provided enough information concerning the statutory requirements permitting expedition: therefore your request is denied,” he told TheDCNF.