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Jason Leopold @JasonLeopold
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Been a pretty shitty year for #FOIA. Govt agencies continue to thwart the release of records. But I was still able to pry loose a few gems.

Here's a thread to highlight all of the news stories I published at @BuzzFeedNews in 2018 based on docs I obtained via #FOIA ICYMI 1/
People Actually Complained That TV Networks Repeated Trump's "Shithole" Comment

After news networks quoted the president talking about "shithole countries," audience members complained to the FCC — and @BuzzFeedNews obtained their complaints. #FOIA 2/

buzzfeednews.com/article/jasonl…
Trump Transition Records, A Source Of Friction With Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Were Almost Destroyed

buzzfeednews.com/article/jasonl…

#FOIA 3/
Here’s The Check Donald Trump’s Company Sent To The US Treasury

The payment to the Department of the Treasury represents what the Trump Organization says are profits it earned in 2017 from doing business with foreign governments.

buzzfeednews.com/article/jasonl…

#FOIA 4/
The Secret Service Director Sent A Sarcastic Message To John Kelly On His Chief Of Staff Appointment

"Congratulations, I think."

buzzfeednews.com/article/jasonl…

#FOIA 5/
Here Are The Actual Threats Made Against EPA Chief Scott Pruitt

One of the threats made against Pruitt this year: someone drawing a mustache on his face on a Newsweek cover. w/@Zhirji28

buzzfeednews.com/article/zahrah…

#FOIA 6/
New CIA Documents Add To Questions About What Gina Haspel Knew About The Torture Program

“He was under ‘enhanced measures’ when he made these claims and simply told his interrogators what he thought they wanted to hear.” w/@LoopEmma @_rshapiro

buzzfeednews.com/article/emmalo…

#FOIA 7/
One of my faves

John Kelly Instructed A DHS Official Not To Email Staff To Avoid Public Scrutiny

“FOIA is real and everyday here in the cesspool, and even federal court action on personal accounts is real.”

buzzfeednews.com/article/jasonl…

#FOIA 8/
Labor Officials Were Alarmed By Trump's Jobs Report Tweet: "It's All Over The News"

"Are you ‘whispering words of wisdom’?" one official wrote, according to emails newly obtained by @BuzzFeedNews

buzzfeednews.com/article/jasonl…

#FOIA 9/
Top Religious Groups Privately Urged DHS Not To Separate Immigrant Parents And Children

"We believe that separating families would be extremely detrimental to basic child welfare principles. We urge you to reject this harmful policy."

buzzfeednews.com/article/jasonl…

#FOIA 10/
New Documents Show How Top Spies Reacted To The Dossier

Trump wanted them to say it's “bogus,” Clapper wrote. But: “We just don't know.”

buzzfeednews.com/article/jasonl…

#FOIA 11/
The NSA Director Warned Staff Against Getting Into A "Tit For Tat" Over Trump's Angry Tweetstorm

"We will not get sucked into this."

buzzfeednews.com/article/jasonl…

#FOIA 12/
Russian Hackers Targeted Swedish News Sites In 2016, State Department Cable Says

State Dept cable, the attack was part of a Russian campaign to sow disinformation about NATO. It came as Russia allegedly was stealing w/@kevincollier @_rshapiro

buzzfeednews.com/article/kevinc…

#FOIA 13/
New Documents From Kavanaugh’s Time In Bush WH Show He Worked On Key Questions Of Presidential Power

Heavily redacted docs obtained by BuzzFeed News via #FOIA provide insight into Brett Kavanaugh’s time as a lawyer for GWB w/@chrisgeidner

buzzfeednews.com/article/chrisg…

#FOIA 14/
This was my most popular #FOIA-based story

John Kelly Called Elizabeth Warren An "Impolite Arrogant Woman" In An Email

“blah blah blah,” Kelly, then serving as the secretary of homeland security, wrote.

buzzfeednews.com/article/jasonl…

#FOIA 15/
A Senior NSA Official Engaged In Abusive Behavior Toward Women, An Inspector General Report Finds

“Subsequent to being disciplined, he did not cease his misconduct,” an NSA inspector general report said.

buzzfeednews.com/article/jasona…

#FOIA 16/
The FBI Says It Can’t Find The “100 Pictures” Trump Said He Has Of James Comey And Robert Mueller Hugging And Kissing w/@SalHernandez

buzzfeednews.com/article/salvad…

#FOIA 17/
Here’s The Classified Letter About Russia Senate Dems Sent To Obama After Trump Was Elected

buzzfeednews.com/article/jasonl… docs obtained by me/@_rshapiro

#FOIA 18/18

Thanks for all the support
How could I forget?

ADDENDUM: This investigative story by @a_cormier_ and me from last week is based partially on a cache of more than 1K pages of docs I/@BuzzFeedNews obtained after we filed a #FOIA lawsuit against Treasury Dept in 2017

#FOIA 19/19

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