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Grassley: Justice Department Fails to Answer Questions about Alleged Threats to News Reporter

From Senator Chuck Grassley –

Senator Chuck Grassley continues to press Attorney General Eric Holder for a complete accounting of a June incident in Louisiana where a senior civil rights lawyer for the department reportedly threatened a journalist.  Grassley initially asked the Attorney General about the incident in July.

Grassley said he was disappointed in the response from the department which failed to answer the vast majority of his questions and to produce the documents requested.  The alleged incident occurred at a meeting advertised as a public event to address the employment practices of a local fire department.

“I’m very concerned about what allegedly occurred in New Iberia.  If the news reports are accurate, the conduct by the Justice Department would strike at the very heart of a free press.  The department’s failure to answer questions and to produce relevant documents is unacceptable on a subject so fundamental to this country’s founding,” Grassley said

Grassley said he expected complete answers to his letter by September 28.

Here’s a copy of the text of the letter.  A signed copy can be found here.  Grassley’s July 17 letter can be found here and the department’s response can be found here.

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