Grassley to FBI’s Wray: Chairman demands unredacted version of bureau’s ‘Confidential Human Source’ guide

(National SentinelMerry-Go-Round: Where the hell is Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and why — in President Donald Trump’s Justice Department — are congressional Republicans having to bang down doors and threaten appointees just to get information they are due?

It’s no wonder POTUS Trump keeps riding Sessions hard on Twitter. When it comes to Congress getting to the bottom of Spygate and other Obama-era scandals via constitutionally mandated oversight, Sessions has been AWOL.

It’s disgraceful.

Now, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa — who’s been attempting for months to get unredacted documents from both the FBI and Justice Department, which his committee oversees, is rattling FBI Director Christopher Wray’s cage again.

He wants an unmarked copy of the bureau’s Confidential Human Source policy guide because he smells another Obama Deep State rat.

The “confidential human source” — longtime Republican operative Stefan Halper — was paid a total of $411,575 in 2016 and 2017 for work with the U.S. government that included spying on the Trump campaign.

That’s not bad work if you can get it.

Earlier this week investigative journalist Paul Sperry reported that, according to source on Capitol Hill, Halper may have “bled” info into the bogus anti-Trump “dossier” that the Clinton campaign and the DNC paid for:

In a “positive feedback loop,” Sperry says that the FBI tapped Halper, who tapped dossier author Christopher Steele, who then fed the dossier back to the FBI.

And now, Grassley — who has been doing yeoman’s work getting to the bottom of this seemingly bottomless pit — wants more answers from Wray about Halper’s role, who exactly paid him, and what exactly he was tasked with doing.

Grassley writes:

We are writing to request that the FBI provide the Committee with a fully unredacted copy of
the version of the FBI’ s Confidential Human Source Policy Guide (CHSPG) currently in force. If a
different version was in force in 2016, please provide a fully unredacted copy of that as well.

Please provide the CHSPG by June 20, 2018. To the extent the CHSPG is classified, please
deliver it to the Office of Senate Security. Although the Committee complies with all laws and
regulations governing the handling of classified information, it is not bound, absent its prior
agreement, by any handling restrictions or instructions on unclassified information unilaterally asserted by the Executive Branch. Therefore, if you have any specific requests with regard to the Committee’s handling of unclassified material, we ask that you raise those with us in advance of production.

Even Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the Judiciary Committee’s ranking member, signed the letter.

Wray has until June 20, but frankly, it shouldn’t take that long.

Jeff Sessions should be picking up the phone and ordering Wray to hand-deliver the requested documents.

If he can’t or won’t do that, it’s time for POTUS Trump to pick up the phone to Sessions’ office and utter two words he became famous for in a previous life:

You’re fired.

This is past the point of ridiculous.

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