CREW Files FOIA Requests Regarding Investigation of Rep. Young
CREW continued to seek information about why the Department of Justice (DOJ) dropped numerous investigations into activities of members of Congress in last few months, filing Freedom of Information Act requests with DOJ and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for records related to DOJ's now-closed investigation of former House Transportation Chairman Don Young (R-AK).
DOJ conducted at least two investigations of Rep. Young. One probed whether he accepted bribes, illegal gratuities, or unreported gifts from an Alaskan company, and a second one examined Rep. Young's insertion of a $10 million earmark into a transportation bill - after Congress passed it - that benefitted one of his campaign contributors. DOJ told Rep. Young in August 2010 it had concluded its investigation and would not prosecute him.
The requested documents would shed light on the conduct of DOJ and the FBI in investigating Rep. Young, and DOJ's decisions to close the investigations without bringing charges. In addition, while DOJ decided not to prosecute Rep. Young, his activities still may have been illegal or violations of the rules of the House, and the requested records would shed light on them.
CREW previously filed FOIA requests for records of closed DOJ investigations of Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) and former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX). To date, neither DOJ nor the FBI has produced any records in response to these requests.