In subsequent days, unidentified Justice and FBI officials told reporters that the e-mails provided by CREW were heavily redacted and that the group refused to provide unedited versions to the FBI. One law enforcement official -- speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation -- also told The Washington Post the FBI believed that CREW may have received the e-mails as early as April and that the group refused to tell the FBI how they were obtained.
Melanie Sloan, CREW's executive director, said copies of the original e-mails she sent to an FBI agent show those assertions to be wrong. Sloan said the agent called to confirm receipt of the e-mails and to ask if one of the parties was Foley.
Sloan said the group sent unedited e-mails to the FBI because "we wanted them to commence an investigation. We're sort of outraged that they're saying anything differently." The group has asked Fine's office to look into the FBI's assertions.
Boy, there is no end to the ass-covering going on. Notice how the assertions by the FBI are unattributed to any particular official or agent (on-going investigation my ass.) Does that sound like an organization that's eager to set the record straight, or is just trying to confuse things? It would be pretty stupid to claim the emails were redacted when they weren't, or that CREW had them before they did, when you could probably prove pretty easily whether or not both claims are true. I find myself highly doubting we'll hear anyone from the FBI repeat these claims at a press conference anytime soon.