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Judge: FBI Can't Reject Some FOIA Requests After Trump Released Russia Memos

Judge: FBI Can't Reject Some FOIA Requests After Trump Released Russia Memos

A new court ruling that cited President Donald Trump's release of congressional memos pertaining to the Russia investigation said the FBI can no longer refuse to comply with certain requests for information from the public.

In his 13-page opinion, District Court Judge Amit Mehta argued because Trump released the memos earlier this year, the FBI lacks standing to reject Freedom of Information Act requests for some documents regarding the Russia investigation.

"It remains no longer logical nor plausible for the FBI to maintain that it cannot confirm nor deny the existence of documents" related to the infamous Trump dossier, Mehta wrote.

Politico reported on the existence of Mehta's ruling.

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., chairs the House Intelligence Committee and wrote a memo detailing an alleged FBI conspiracy to bring down Trump earlier this year. Democrats on the panel then wrote their own memo that countered the GOP document. Both were released by Trump, although they contained some redactions.

Published at Fri, 17 Aug 2018 02:52:00 +0000