Chaffetz blames White House memo for FOIA delays

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz charged Tuesday that President Barack Obama's White House is causing a a dramatic uptick in the backlog of Freedom of Information Act requests at government agencies.

At a hearing on FOIA, Chaffetz said the increasing delays in the disclosure process are traceable to an April 2009 memo issued by then-White House Counsel Greg Craig instructing agencies to consult with the White House before releasing any records involving "White House equities."


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