BOOM: Capitol Police is not subject to #FOIA so @BuzzFeedNews & I are using another tool to lift the veil of secrecy & gain access to a wide range of docs about the inner workings of the police force: the common law right of access. NEW lawsuit just filed…
Here's the complaint filed today by our attorney @_LightLaw

Please support our efforts and our battle to make these documents public. Sign up for a @BuzzFeedNews membership…
Although most cases involving the common law right of access to govt docs involve records in the custody of the judicial branch, the DC Circuit has made clear that the right applies to all 3 branches of the federal govt and is not limited to records similar to court documents.
As our lawsuit states, "How could such a well-funded police agency charged with protecting the seat of American democracy have been so unprepared for what transpired on January 6?" Our pursuit of docs about the operations of the Capitol Police aims to answer some of those q's

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6 Feb
Saturday SCOOP: The man overseeing President Joe Biden's daily intelligence briefing previously advocated for the CIA’s false claims about its torture program to a powerful Senate committee.


Veteran CIA intel analyst Morgan Muir was one of Biden's briefers delivering the PDB. When we contacted ODNI about his role in defending CIA torture program the agency said he would not be at WH on a daily basis briefing Biden

Yesterday, ODNI said he wouldnt be at WH at all

The revelations about Muir's role leading a CIA team to defend the agency's response to the Senate Intel Committee's torture report has not been revealed before.

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2 Feb
NEW: Records Pried Loose By @BuzzFeedNews via #FOIA Have Prompted A Demand For The Investigation Of Former Trump Health Officials

@OpenTheGov & @GovAcctProj sent letter to OSC stating HHS spox Michael Caputo & his science advisor violated "anti-gag" law…
Here's the letter signed by @GovAcctProj's @mcculloughirvin and @OpenTheGov calling for OSC to investigate Caputo's violations of anti gag provision in the Whistleblower Protection Act
Another example of how @BuzzFeedNews and I have been aggressively using #FOIA over the past 4 years and the impact from our disclosures. Please sign up for a membership and fund our 2021 FOIA battles!
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NEW: I filed a #FOIA request with USPS Office of Inspector General to see what was happening at postal facilities around the country right around the presidential election.

This is Philadephia.

This is North Carolina. The USPS OIG investigated allegations political mail was tossed into a dumpster.

This is Michigan

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26 Jan
Last Sept, Politico reported that Trump appointees at HHS interfered with CDC reports on Covid (h/t @azeen)

I got the emails via #FOIA (quoted by Politico) laying bare the political interference by Trump's appointees.

Just stunning.
Just unreal. Controversial Trump appointee at HHS accusing the media of politicizing Covid as he demands agency officials politicizes agency's Covid response

Via my #FOIA
Trump appointee at HHS

"Several persons I know who are emergency room who are critical medicine physicians tell me that most of the patients they had in ICU who pass away were very obese and minority... "

Via my #FOIA
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25 Jan
The Freedom of Information Act is one of the most important tools in our reporting arsenal. Since 2017, my colleagues & I have forced the release of more than 40K docs & sued the govt 58 times. Last year, we spent $80K on #FOIA legal fees & we plan to spend $100K this year

PLEASE support our efforts to continue revealing government secrets by becoming a BuzzFeed News member.

100% of your donation will go towards our #FOIA fund

AND if you sign up you'll get details on our next FOIA scoop and other FOIA fodder
Here's the FOIA appeal I sent out to our members today. I hope you will consider signing up.

There's a ton of documents I want to go after.…
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BREAKING: Trump pardons conservative operative Paul Erickson

Just out via WH
Trump pardons former Mayor of Detroit, Kwame Malik Kilpatrick.
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