"Today we filed suit against the Department of State on behalf of Kent Terry and David Codrea," Stamboulieh Law, PLLC announced Sunday.
The complaint was filed due to State's inaction on complying with a
Freedom of Information Act Request submitted in June, 2016 seeking
information on correspondence, documents and the like pertaining to
Operation Fast and Furious "gunwalking" and State Department
interactions with the government of Mexico.
There are multiple reasons for filing the request, AmmoLand Shooting Sports News reported when the FOIA (read it here)
was filed, primarily because it explores an area that has been left
largely unresolved by official inquiries from the House Committee on
Oversight and Government Reform, the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the
Department of Justice Office of Inspector General. Included in the
To corroborate if the government of Mexico was intentionally not informed of a U.S. government law enforcement operation where it was known guns were being illegally exported across its border.
To seek further information on why the then-White House Counsel denied
the House Oversight Committee access to a former National Security
Council official who had been given information on Gun Running Impact
Teams by the former top ATF official in Phoenix associated with Fast and
Furious, along with the disclaimer "You didn't get these from me."
was required to determine whether to comply with Plaintiffs' request
within twenty (20) working days of receiving the request, or on or
about July 29, 2016," the complaint asserts.
"Because DoS failed to determine whether to comply with Plaintiffs'
request within the time period required by FOIA, Plaintiffs are deemed
to have exhausted their administrative remedies."
Because of what appears to be deliberate indifference and stonewalling, the court is being asked to:
"Order Defendant to conduct a search for any and all responsive records to Plaintiffs' FOIA request...
"Produce, by a date certain, any and all non-exempt records to Plaintiffs' FOIA request...
"Enjoin Defendants from continuing to withhold any and all nonexempt records...
"Grant Plaintiff an award of attorneys' fees and other litigation costs reasonably incurred...
"Grant Plaintiff such other relief as the Court deems just and proper."
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