Lawsuit Filed Against Justice Dept. for Special Counsel Mueller’s Security Costs

One of the nation’s top government watchdogs that investigates and exposes cases of government corruption and fraud announced on Thursday that its legal team filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice for any and all records detailing the costs incurred by — and logs maintained by — the security detail for Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

The Washington, DC Beltway-based Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court after the Justice Department officials declined to respond adequately to the March 19, 2018, FOIA request for:

  • All records reflecting expenses incurred by, and disbursements of funds for, the security detail for Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
  • All logs maintained by the security detail assigned to Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

The Special Counsel’s office reportedly has spent over $25 million so far.

In a related lawsuit filed in October 2017, the Justice Department had refused to release the proposed budget of Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel Office, but later was forced to release details from the heavily redacted August 2 memorandum in which Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein granted broad authority to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, three months after Mueller’s appointment. The initial appointment memo, controversially, was written in May 2017.

“The Justice Department, the FBI, and Special Counsel Mueller continue to operate as if they are above the law,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The American people have a right to know how much taxpayer money is being thrown at Mueller’s massive investigation. Judicial Watch has never before seen this level of secrecy surrounding the operation of a special or independent counsel.”

Judicial Watch is pursuing numerous additional FOIA lawsuits related to the surveillance, unmasking, and illegal leaking targeting President Trump and his associates during the FBI’s investigation of potential Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election.

Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice 

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.,
425 Third Street, S.W.
Suite 800 Washington, DC 20024, Plaintiff.
 
V.
 
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20530-0001, Defendant.
STATEMENT OF FACTS: 
On March 19, 2018, Plaintiff submitted a FOIA request to the FBI, a component of Defendant, seeking the following records:
— Any and all records reflecting expenses incurred by, and disbursements of funds for, the security detail for Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
— Any and all logs maintained by the security detail assigned to Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The time frame of the request was given as between May 17, 2017 to March 19, 2018.
— By letter dated April 3, 2018, the FBI acknowledged receiving Plaintiff’s FOIA request and assigned it FOIPA Request Number 1401169-000.
— By letter dated May 24, 2018, the FBI denied Plaintiff’s request.
— By letter dated May 29, 2018, Plaintiff submitted a timely appeal of the FBI’s denial of Plaintiff’s request.
— By letter dated September 19, 2018, the FBI denied Plaintiff’s appeal. Plaintiff has therefore exhausted its administrative remedies with respect to its March 19, 2018 request.
— As of the date of this Complaint, the FBI has failed to produce the requested records or demonstrate that the requested records are lawfully exempt from production…

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One thought on “Lawsuit Filed Against Justice Dept. for Special Counsel Mueller’s Security Costs

  • December 30, 2018 at 6:47 pm
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    How can they justify spending millions more when after 2 years nothing has been found. And why does Mueller need so much security. America is being fleeced on a wild goose chase to keep our President’s people from investigating them. It’s like a cheater making you run from private investigator for so long you can’t turn and see he’s the one cheating

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