September 28, 2016

Sen. Warren and Rep. Pascrell Renew Call for FBI Director Comey to Release Materials Related to Financial Crisis Referrals and Investigations

Letter Follows FBI's Recent Release of More Documents on Clinton Email Use

Text of the letter available here

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-N.J.) today wrote to Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Director James Comey to renew their request that the agency release materials related to the investigation of individuals and companies referred by the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC) to the Department of Justice (DOJ). The letter comes following the FBI's release on Friday of additional documents related to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email use.

"On Friday, September 23, you released dozens more pages of documents and emails related to the Clinton investigation.  The major revelation from these documents appears to be that Secretary Clinton once spilled coffee on a Blackberry," the Members of Congress wrote in today's letter.  "Your decision to release additional material related to Secretary Clinton - and to spend scarce agency time and resources in doing so - makes it all the more urgent that you release materials related to the 2008 financial crisis."

"When you released the Clinton materials, you said the new standard for releasing materials related to a decision not to prosecute was ‘intense public interest,' and we can think of no issue of more ‘intense public interest' than the wrongdoing on Wall Street - the misdeeds that cost millions of Americans their savings and their homes.  We ask that giant Wall Street corporations and their CEOs receive no special favors of secrecy from the FBI."  

Congressman Pascrell and Senator Warren both have previously called on Director Comey to release the materials related to the FCIC referrals. The initial letter from Congressman Pascrell is available here, and the initial letter from Senator Warren is available here. The FBI has not responded to these earlier requests.

Read a PDF copy of today's follow-up letter to Director Comey here.