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Late last night, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) was forced to give justification for withholding and heavily redacting Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) documents that would show how DOJ is complying with the Biden administration`s Executive Order 14019, titled ‘Promoting Access to Voting.’ The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) was due to receive these documents on September 8, but DOJ did not fully comply with a court order to turn over the requested records.

DOJ today filed a motion for summary judgment to the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, Ft. Myers that the FOIA documents they withheld or redacted are protected by the presidential-communications privilege or are a pre-decisional document protected by the deliberative-process privilege. DOJ also contends the release of this information would cause ‘public confusion’ and “such public confusion would result from disclosure of the Strategic Plan because it contains many proposed actions that the public might construe as ‘future commitments, past actions, or provisions already in place’.”

This means that DOJ will continue to defy a court order requiring them to release to the public information about the Biden administration tasking federal agencies to embark on what appears to be an unconstitutional taxpayer-funded ‘get out the vote’ effort designed to benefit the president’s political party.

The administration’s efforts, along with the secrecy it has imposed, have raised questions about how fair the administration’s voter registration and voter mobilization program is and whether it is aimed at providing a boost to one party over another. FGA is committed to holding the Biden administration accountable for its lack of transparency.

“President Biden is deeply unpopular. It’s clear his administration has weaponized DOJ to hide records and is using the legal process to run out the clock before the midterm elections,” said Tarren Bragdon, FGA President and CEO. “DOJ offered flimsy excuses to justify concealing key information regarding their participation in government-funded ‘get out the vote’ efforts. FGA will not stop fighting to uncover these records and expose the full scope of the Biden administration’s mass voter registration scheme. The law and the American people are on our side.”

For more information on the FGA v. DOJ federal lawsuit, see here.

Author: Press Release


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