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Sat May 6, 2017, 02:45 PM

My deplorable congressman, Hensraling (TX-05) wants to exclude committee chair from FOIA requests

So much for transparency. Not sure if this is legal, but should sure cover up a world of sins.

A House Republican chairman has told a dozen government agencies to exclude communications with his committee from requests made by news organizations, advocacy groups and others through the Freedom of Information Act.

In a series of letters, Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas (sic: chair of Financial Services) said communications the agencies had with members of his panel and committee staff should not be released, arguing that it often includes sensitive and confidential information.

“All such documents and communications constitute congressional records not ‘agency records’ for purposes of the Freedom of Information Act, and remain subject to congressional control even when in the physical possession of the” agency, Hensarling wrote in one April 3 letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.



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