FBI Director Christopher Wray said his agency is "too slow" in producing documents related to two congressional investigations and vowed to double the amount of agents to get it done.
Wray released a statement Tuesday head knocking the FBI for its pace of production in turning over documents related to Hillary Clinton's email investigation as well as Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.
"I am committed to ensuring that the Bureau is being transparent and responsive to legitimate congressional requests," Wray said in the statement, reacting to the subpoena issued by House Judiciary Committee chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte.
"Up until today, we have dedicated 27 FBI staff to review the records that are potentially responsive to Chairman Goodlatte's requests. The actual number of documents responsive to this request is likely in the thousands. Regardless, I agree that the current pace of production is too slow," Wray said.
"Accordingly, I am doubling the number of assigned FBI staff, for a total of 54, to cover two shifts per day from 8 a.m. to midnight to expedite completion of this project," Wray said.
Goodlatte is investigating potential bias within the FBI ranks and subpoenaed the documents to investigate how the FBI investigated the Clinton email and Russia meddling events.
Wray's statement seems to have come in the aftermath of an internal Justice Department memo reported by the Washington Examiner that shows Attorney General Jeff Sessions is angry and impatient with the FBI's pace in turning over the documents.
"The Attorney General is angry with how slow the process has moved when it comes to requests from Congress to the FBI. He's told Wray that the pace is unacceptable and that if the FBI needs to double the number of people working on this, then that's what they need to do, but he is done seeing the Department criticized for the FBI's slow walking of requests from Congress like the last administration when these requests should be a top priority," the Examiner quoted the memo.
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