In The News
February 23, 2022

The Federalist

A government watchdog is suing the Department of Justice (DOJ) over the agency’s refusal to comply with a pair of records requests mandated under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

On Wednesday, the nonprofit group Empower Oversight filed its lawsuit to compel the release of documents shedding light on the DOJ’s commitment to the independence of the Durham investigation, a special counsel probe into the origins of the Russia hoax.

“Empower Oversight has been incredibly patient in attempting to work with the Justice Department since last summer,” Empower Oversight’s founder and president Jason Foster said in a press release. “But, the issues raised in our filings are key to ensuring public faith in the integrity, independence, and objectivity of the DOJ’s handling of the Durham probe. If the DOJ simply complied voluntarily and timely with its FOIA obligations, litigation like this would not be necessary to enforce the transparency required by law.”

The group’s first FOIA submitted in July last year aimed at the agency’s hiring practices with the decision to recruit attorney, former CNN analyst, and Russia truther Susan Hennessey to join the department’s National Security Division (NSD). The division Hennessey now serves as a senior official “supervises the investigation and prosecution of cases affecting or relating to national security, including any cases involving foreign interference in elections or violent extremist threats to elections.” That includes the investigation run by U.S. Special Counsel John Durham, an investigation Hennessey has previously dismissed in since-deleted tweets as it probes the conspiracies Hennessey championed.

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