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Archive for June 12th, 2019

DAILY CALLER NEWS FOUNDATION DEFEATS FBI’S BID TO SHIELD DOCS SURROUNDING COMEY ALLY

DAILY CALLER NEWS FOUNDATION
DEFEATS FBI’S BID TO SHIELD DOCS
SURROUNDING COMEY ALLY

Kevin Daley | Supreme Court Reporter
  • The FBI must begin producing documents regarding Daniel Richman, the Columbia Law School professor former FBI Director James Comey used as a go-between with the press, a federal judge decided. 
  • Richman is a close friend of the former director who performed work for the Bureau as a “special government employee.” 
  • The Daily Caller News Foundation and Cause of Action Institute are seeking records and communications Richman produced for the FBI to better understand “special projects” he performed at Comey’s direction.
Former FBI Director James Comey is sworn in before giving testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8, 2017. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)Former FBI Director James Comey is sworn in before giving testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8, 2017. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Fox News revealed Richman had “special government employee” status with the Bureau, where he worked on special projects at Comey’s behest. Richman’s faculty page at Columbia Law School indicates he was an advisor to Comey and a consultant for the Department of Justice.
TheDCNF filed a FOIA request for “all records, documents, and communications pertaining to Daniel Richman, a special government employee hired by former FBI Director James Comey” shortly after the Fox report in April 2018.
The Bureau failed to make a determination on that request within 20 days as required by law, prompting TheDCNF’s lawsuit in a Washington, D.C., federal trial court.
U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly rejected the FBI’s motion Friday, meaning production of Richman documents will follow within one month.  “The court finds that the FBI has not shown exceptional circumstances or made sufficient progress in reducing its backlog to warrant an Open America stay,” Kollar-Kotelly wrote.
“This is a significant victory not just for The Daily Caller News Foundation, but for all members of the transparency community who want to hold the FBI accountable,” said Cause of Action’s Eric Bolinder. “The FBI picked the path of obstructing records transparency by mis-applying the Open America standard. Thankfully, that now has to stop.”
“This important precedent signals that the courts will not tolerate the federal government’s attempts to stall FOIA requests in order to circumvent transparency measures,” Bolinder added.  The judge ordered the parties to set a production schedule by June 28. The Bureau will produce 500 records per month.
“We thank Cause of Action and Judge Kollar-Kotelly for helping us bring these records to light,” Bedford said.
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