Grassley accuses FBI of 'hiding behind classification' amid concerns of inadequate vetting of Afghan evacuees

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Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley says the FBI is “hiding behind classification” of data related to its investigations of Afghan evacuees, as lawmakers assert that the public has a right to know what information the agency is gleaning. 

Following a classified Congressional briefing Wednesday with FBI, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other administration officials on the screening and vetting of Afghan evacuees, Grassley called on the FBI to be “transparent” with the public on “steps being taken to thwart risks stemming from the reckless vetting process that was used.”

“It’s unacceptable that the FBI continues to take a secretive approach, hiding behind classification as an excuse to withhold information that all Americans deserve to have,” Grassley said in a press statement Wednesday. 

Lawmakers are concerned that potentially dangerous individuals are in the country who may have slipped through the vetting process.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa  (Photo by SUSAN WALSH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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