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  Posted 15 May 2017 - 01:02 AM

On Capitol Hill, Growing Frustration With FBI Secrecy About Russia Probe

Washington Examiner
by Byron York
May 14, 2017, 11:14 PM

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Calls for a special prosecutor to investigate the Russia-Trump affair have multiplied in the days since President Trump fired FBI director James Comey. Almost invariably, Democrats and others calling for a prosecutor say such a step is needed to "get to the bottom" of the matter.

Yet there is still uncertainty among the public about whether anything lies at the bottom of the Russia-Trump controversy. Is there a crime down there? No one seems to know. The reason is simple: The FBI, which has been investigating alleged ties between Trump campaign figures and Russia for ten months, won't say.

To question after question, not just from the press, but from lawmakers with a constitutional responsibility to oversee the FBI, the Justice Department, and the intelligence agencies answers have been withheld on the grounds that they are classified, or the subject of an ongoing investigation, or both.

"I can't answer that," said Comey on many, many occasions during oversight hearings on the Russia affair.

"My answer would require me to reveal classified information, and so I can't answer that," said former acting attorney general Sally Yates in the same setting.

"I can't comment on that," said former intelligence chief James Clapper.

Now, as the Russia-Trump controversy festers, there are signs of growing impatience with the secrecy. Some lawmakers among them the Republican chairman and the Democratic ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee are pushing the FBI and other agencies involved to let Congress know what they are doing. In particular, lawmakers want to see evidence if there is any to show why the investigation is focusing not just on Russian misdeeds there's no doubt there are plenty of those to investigate but on Trump campaign figures, and possibly on the president himself.

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