WASHINGTON: FOIA: Files Emergency Motion in EPIC v. FBI to Preserve Russia Docs obtain records concerning the Russian interference with the 2016 Presidential election #AceNewsDesk reports – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – May.15: The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has filed an emergency motion in EPIC v. FBI, a Freedom of Information Act case launched by EPIC to obtain records concerning the Russian interference with the 2016 Presidential election #AceNewsDesk reports

The case began on December 22, 2017, when EPIC filed an urgent FOIA request with the FBI for records about the investigation. After the FBI failed to rule on EPIC’s request for expedited processing, EPIC filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Washington, DC. Following a report from EPIC and the FBI, Judge Royce C. Lamberth issued an Order requiring the FBI to produce documents to EPIC beginning on May 11, 2017.

On May 12, 2017, two days after the President abruptly fired the FBI Director, apparently for reasons related to the FBI’s investigation, EPIC filed a motion to preserve records related to the Russian interference with the election and impose sanctions if any records are altered or destroyed.

In the motion, EPIC cited Senator Kamala Harris, who this week questioned the Acting FBI Director as to whether the records of the Russian investigation would be preserved. EPIC also cited members of Congress who wrote to the Deputy Attorney General asking that “all files, . . . involving the Department’s and FBI’s criminal investigation into matters related to Russian interference . . . be preserved and placed off limits to any and all White House officials and staff and any other individuals, including Attorney General Sessions, who have recused themselves from the investigation.”

“This is the first time in our 25-year history of litigating FOIA cases that we have asked a federal court for a preservation order,” EPIC President Marc Rotenberg explained. “But these are very unusual circumstances. And we have a genuine concern that the records at issue in EPIC v. FBI could be altered or destroyed.”

The case is EPIC v. FBI, No. 17-721. EPIC President Marc Rotenberg and EPIC Senior Counsel Alan Butler represent EPIC in the case.

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