Justice Department releases inventory of withheld documents on US Attorney firings Michael Sung at 8:34 AM ET
[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] released an inventory of 171 internal documents withheld from Congress [PDF text] Thursday, resisting congressional demands that the department disclose and release emails and memos involving the controversial firing of eight US attorneys [JURIST news archive]. The withheld documents involve communications between members of Congress as well as internal department communications, many of which focused on the media coverage of the firings. The House Judiciary Committee [official website] has demanded that the department release uncensored documents, which the department has resisted. Assistant Attorney General Richard Hertling has said that other document inventories will be released to Congress "on a rolling basis." Previously released documents [House Judiciary archive] generally included pages of text blacked out.
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