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FOIA News: Congress inquires about State Dep't FOIA conflicts

FOIA News (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

Chuck Grassley questions potential conflict at State on email probe

By Rachael Bade, POLITICO, Aug. 19, 2015

A Senate committee investigating Hillary Clinton’s email controversy is questioning whether State Department lawyers’ connections with her counsel, David Kendall, created a conflict of interest — a suggestion the State Department immediately denied.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry Wednesday, inquired about the role State attorney Catherine Duval has played in classifying Freedom of Information Act requests for information.

POLITICO reported several weeks ago that Duval was formerly an attorney at Williams & Connolly, the same white-shoe law firm where Kendall works.

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