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FOIA News: Nonprofits prognosticate on FOIA under Trump

FOIA News (2017)Allan BlutsteinComment

Trump Could Tear Down Obama’s FOIA Secrecy. Here’s Why He Probably Won’t.

By Ethan Barton, Daily Caller, Mar. 24. 2017

President Donald Trump’s Department of Justice (DOJ) is fighting against Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits seeking politically-charged Obama-era documents like those linked to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s scandals.

Trump could demand federal agencies release records to the public, but that would harm the bureaucracy’s ability to retain secrets – something career government officials handling the lawsuits and FOIA requests don’t want, according to transparency experts from nonprofit watchdog groups.

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