The Daily Beast has filed a lawsuit against the DOJ (Department of Justice) for not responding to their FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request regarding Rep. Devin Nunes’ intelligence memo.
James Madison Project attorneys filed the suit, which alleges the DOJ failed to respond to FOIA requests from reporters Noah Schachtman and Betsy Woodruff, according to Law And Crime.
The FOIA requests only date back to March 15th of last month,but Law and Crime obtained a copy of the lawsuit and it contains four requests directed at the following federal agencies:
(1) the Offices of the Attorney General, the Deputy Attorney General, and the Associate Attorney General; (2) the DOJ’s Office of Legislative Affairs; (3) the DOJ’s National Security Division; and (4) the FBI.
According to current law, federal agencies are required to respond to a FOIA request “within 20 business days, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays. For the Privacy Act, the time limit is 10 business days. This period does not begun until the request is actually received by the FOIA office.”
The Beast has yet to receive a “substantive response,” the publication claims, Law And Crime reports.
In a statement provided to Law And Crime, attorney Bradley P. Moss said:
“The publication of the Nunes Memo was unprecedented in its defiance of classification concerns and the ability of a Congressional committee to pit the President against his own Justice Department. This lawsuit will seek to shed light on how exactly DOJ coordinated with both the White House and Congress in conducting its original review of the Nunes Memo, as well as providing the ‘technical assistance’ President Trump ordered regarding review of the subsequent Schiff Memo”
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