Issa grills Elizabeth Warren on inadequacy of response to FOIA request 

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., on Thursday grilled Elizabeth Warren over the "inadequate" response to requests for documents concerning the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau she'd been tapped to head.

Issa noted that Judicial Watch is appealing the lack of a real response to its Freedom of Information Act request seeking documents relating to the CFPB. The board was created by the financial regulatory legislation passed last year that was given sweeping powers to regulate consumer financial products.

The chairman held up a copy of a sheet of blacked-out paper (see photo at right), which was an example of the type of documents Judicial Watch received from the Department of Treasury in response to its FOIA request. As Issa noted, the document is redacted to the point where it's impossible to even make out what the document was even about.

While President Obama appointed Warren to head the board, she has not yet been confirmed by the Senate. To get around this, Obama appointed her to a "special advisor" position within the Department of Treasury, which essentially allows her to do the same thing.

Under questioning from Issa, Warren said she had no involvement with the document requests, which were handled by the Treasury Department and not by her own office.

Issa noted that the CFPB is set to open next week, on July 21st, and at that point she'll have to respond to Judicial Watch's FOIA appeal.

You can read the back and forth between the Treasury Department and Judicial Watch here.

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