Judicial Watch Sues State Department for Biden Ukraine Records

Judicial Watch Sues State Department for Biden Ukraine Records

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sept 25, 2019   Judicial Watch, Inc. (JW) has sued the U.S. Department of State (State) for failure to comply with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

May 7, 2019 JW submitted a FOIA request to the Department of State requesting:

  1. “Any and all records regarding, concerning, or related to Viktor Shokin’s investigation of Mykola Zolchevsky and Shokin’s resignation at Ukraine’s Prosecutor General.”
  2. “Any and all records of communication between any official, employee, or representative of the Department of State and any official, employee, or representative the Office of the Vice President regarding Viktor Shokin.”

According to the complaint, the FOIA request was received by the designated person on May 14, 2019. According to the rules set out under FOIA, State had until June 26, 2019 to reply.

Their reply could have let JW know they wouldn’t have produced the documents and why, or that some were produced and others were not and why. However, as of the date of the lawsuit, State had not produced any records or stated why the requested records were exempt, nor notified JW of the scope of any records it will or will not produce, nor informed JW so they may appeal the determination of the record production.

The complaint states since State has not complied with the FOIA, JW is harmed by this violation and will continue to be harmed unless State is required to produce these documents by a date ordered by the Court.

The suit requests a court order to compel State to search for these records, show that they have searched and the methods they have used, produce the requested records by such date as determined by the Court along with a Vaughn index of what was withheld and stop State from continuing to withhold the records and grant an award of attorneys fees and other costs.

This story is ongoing and will be updated.

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