Hensarling Asserts Control Over All Correspondence with Treasury Department

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Can a letter, or another form of communication, sent by Party A and received by Party B, remain the exclusive property of Party A, even when in the physical possession of Party B? According to the copy of a letter released by BuzzFeed this weekend, Jeb Hensarling, (R-TX), Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee (FSC), is asserting such control for his committee. The letter, sent on April 3, 2017 to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and signed only by Hensarling says that communications between FSC and Treasury “constitute congressional records, not ‘agency records’ for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act, and remain subject to congressional control even when in the physical possession of the Agency.” The Freedom of Information act – or FOIA – was enacted in 1966 and applies…(read more)

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