CNN reported on November 1st that, “The FBI on Tuesday — one week from Election Day — released heavily redacted files from its 2001 investigation of President Bill Clinton’s
pardon of Marc Rich.” CNN reports this release drew condemnations from democrats. The bureau provided a response to these concerns.
“The FBI’s Records Management Division receives thousands of FOIA requests annually which are processed on a first in, first out basis,” the bureau said. “By law, FOIA materials that have been requested three or more times are posted electronically to the FBI’s public reading room shortly after they are processed. Per the standard procedure for FOIA, these materials became available for release and were posted automatically and electronically to the FBI’s public reading room in accordance with the law and established procedures.”The release was posted on Twitter by @FBIRecordsVault, an account that posts material from FOIA requests on subjects of public interest.Prior to Sunday, the account hadn’t tweeted since October 2015. A law enforcement official told CNN that the Twitter account is an automatic feed and the tweets are not done manually. The official said the feed was down for a year until Sunday, when it was fixed and then began tweeting automatically.The account has recently released documents related to Donald Trump’s father, Fred Trump, and the report on Hillary Clinton’s email use at the State Department. It’s not clear that the eight pages of documents about Fred Trump were related to accusations of housing discrimination referenced by Fallon.