By Julian Hattem - 02/01/16 02:45 PM EST
The head of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday hammered the State Department for its slow and occasionally incomplete efforts to release information about Hillary Clinton and other top leaders.
In letters to the State Department, Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyTop Dem Senate hopefuls to skip convention Election to shape Supreme Court Why one senator sees Gingrich as Trump's best VP choice MORE (R-Iowa) warned that “there is a real potential” that some department officials gave “false declarations to federal courts” by claiming to have taken “all reasonable steps to provide complete and accurate [Freedom of Information Act] responses.”
On Monday, Grassley highlighted the case of one FOIA request from 2012, when the State Department claimed that it was unaware of any email accounts associated with then-Secretary Hillary Clinton.
The response — which was not issued for five months after the request was filed — came despite the fact that multiple senior leaders at the department who had seen the request were in contact with Clinton through the personal email account she used exclusively during her tenure as secretary.
“They would have known instantly of records responsive to that request,” Grassley wrote in his separate letters to Kerry and Inspector General Steve Linick.