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FOIA News: Conservative law group sues Department of Justice for allegedly ignoring public-records requests

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Conservative law group sues Department of Justice for allegedly ignoring public-records requests

By Oliver Darcy, Business Insider, Nov. 3, 2016

A conservative-leaning law group on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice, alleging the federal agency violated the law by ignoring Freedom of Information Act requests for records related to Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s tarmac meeting with former President Bill Clinton.

“We’re forcing their hand,” Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, wrote in a blog post announcing the lawsuit.

Sekulow added: “We’re taking the Obama Administration to federal court. Again. We’re filing a lawsuit against the Department of Justice, to ensure true justice.”

The ACLJ initially sent FOIA requests to the DOJ requesting information on Lynch’s meeting with Clinton.

The records requested included documents “containing any discussion of or in any way regarding the meeting between” the two at the Phoenix airport and electronic communications “containing any discussion of or in any way naming, regarding, involving or referring Clinton.”

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