By Julian Hattem - 01/28/16 09:20 PM EST
A political group aligned with Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonIvanka Trump stars in first campaign ad for her father Clinton camp on Trump cameo in Playboy film: 'a strange turn of events' Trump raises mic concerns when asked about next debate MORE is accusing federal watchdogs of bias in their investigations of the former secretary of State and is demanding documents about the inspectors generals’ ties to congressional Republicans.
Correct the Record, a super-PAC created to support Clinton’s presidential bid, on Thursday filed a pair of Freedom of Information Act requests seeking communications between inspectors general and GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
Similarly, the inspector general for the nation’s 17 intelligence agencies, together with Republicans, “have worked to influence the public debate surrounding Hillary Clinton’s email use,” Woodhouse wrote, “with the goal of damaging Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.”
The request comes after weeks of intensified focus on Clinton by congressional Republicans.
Late last year, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyMcConnell blames dysfunction on Dems Four states sue to stop internet transition Senate passes bill to preserve sexual assault kits MORE (R-Iowa) squared off against Democrats who accused him of launching an unfair campaign against Clinton and her longtime aide Huma Abedin.
Democrats have told The Hill that they believe the source of much of Grassley’s information is Emilia DiSanto, a former Grassley aide who is now the deputy director of the State Department’s inspector general office. Grassley has denied the report, and DiSanto told The Hill the allegations are "utterly false."
Correct the Record on Thursday asked for emails between DiSanto and the Senate.
The organization also asked for email documents between the Senate and David Seide, the acting senior adviser to the State Department’s inspector general and a former prosecutor who went after a top staffer on Clinton’s 2000 Senate campaign.
Separately, the super-PAC asked the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for copies of emails between the intelligence community’s watchdog and Sens. Richard BurrRichard BurrDem groups invest big in Bayh in Ind. Senate race The Trail 2016: Fight night Poll finds races for president, Senate tight in North Carolina MORE (R-N.C.) and Bob CorkerBob CorkerOvernight Defense: GOP leaders express concerns after 9/11 veto override | Lawmakers press for Syria 'plan B' | US touts anti-ISIS airstrikes Dem leaders defend overriding 9/11 bill veto GOP leaders express reservations a day after 9/11 veto override MORE (R-Tenn.). Burr and Corker are chairmen of the Senate Intelligence and Foreign Relations Committees, and have been accused of elevating concerns about Clinton’s emails for political reasons.
“It's good news for this group that the inspector general's office handles its own FOIA requests, separate from the agency,” the spokeswoman added, noting the State Department’s troubled record on open-records requests.
“The State Department has a well-documented terrible record of fulfilling FOIA requests with respect to both timeliness and adequacy, especially those related to former Secretary Clinton and her questionable use of private email for official business."
This story was updated at 12:34 p.m. on Jan. 29.