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Attorney John Lausch from the Northern District of Illinois to oversee this production moving forward. Mr. Lausch, who has experience in the department and in private practice, will ensure that production moves at an acceptable pace and that any redactions are necessary and consistent under the relevant laws and regulations,” Flores said, noting Lausch will have “independent authority” to oversee the production and report progress to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Flores told Fox News that Lausch will be available to meet with members of Congress to discuss the redaction process to “ensure that they remain confident in the department’s efforts to be as transparent as possible with the committee.” There have been mounting calls from lawmakers on Capitol Hill for answers as to how the redaction process works, as well as complaints with the speed of document production. Last week, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., penned a letter to Sessions complaining about the redactions in text messages turned over by the Justice Department to his committee between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. Johnson noted that only in “media reports,” did the committee learn what information was redacted. An aide to Johnson told Fox News last week that the information behind the redactions—regarding the relationship of Strzok and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) Judge Rudolph Contreras -- was “pertinent” to the committee’s investigation. But a Justice Department spokesperson last week told Fox News, in response to questions about Johnson’s letter, that “members and staff are welcome to come to the Justice Department to review any unredacted material.” In terms of the speed of document production, last week Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray doubled the number of people working on the requests from the House Judiciary Committee. The committee requested documents already reviewed by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, related to the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
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