The Department of Justice's decision to allow the House Judiciary Committee to review documents related to the investigation of Hillary Clinton is a "refreshing change," although it remains to be seen if everything that is needed will be released, Rep. Darrell Issa said Tuesday.
"It's a but it's a refreshing change where the Department of Justice is recognizing our right under a subpoena and our right to unredact it," the California Republican, a member of the Judiciary Committee, told Fox News' "Happening Now."
"Some of this may be in camera review, meaning we'll look at them before making a decision about whether we need them."
The DOJ, during the Obama administration, denied documents for seven years, said Issa, even after being held in contempt.
"It took federal judges ordering them to get even a semblance of cooperation, [so] It's nice to at least have an agreement where we can sift through some of these documents," said Issa. "To that extent, I appreciate the attorney general and others weighing in."
The DOJ has been slow-walking documents in the past to the committee as they've been requested, but this time, the agreement is different, said Issa.
"Although the frame work hasn't been made public, essentially, it's going to be get to see the documents, as in get to see the documents, not a few pages after someone has pored over and black marked over, as we say redacted, information to where you're trying to figure out what it really means," said Issa.
"The last administration withheld documents but used the same technique of slowing, so they're used to doing it in the bureaucracy. It's taking cabinet officers intervening and saying, no, Congress has a right to get to it. This is not just an interest from outside groups. This is a congressional responsibility."
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