Journalist and Researcher Sue CIA, DOJ, Et Al for Ignoring FOIA Request on Russia’s Role in U.S. Elections

Jason Leopold and Ryan Shapiro want information.

Investigative reporter Jason Leopold and MIT Ph.D. candidate Ryan Shapiro filed a lawsuit against the CIA, DOJ/FBI, Department of Homeland Security/Office of Intelligence & Analysis and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) for failing to respond to a FOIA request for information on discussions of Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

The FOIA request was made on Dec. 15, which would have made for an extremely fast turnaround, but the pair also made a request for expedited processing; the DOJ and CIA are both required to inform requesters within 10 days after receipt whether they have been granted expedited processing.

The information Leopold and Shapiro asked for included information on requests any Electoral College members may have made regarding a connection between the Trump campaign and Russia; communications from a number of organizations, including Congress, the DNC, RNC, and the Trump and Clinton campaigns that discussed “Russian-directed interference with the United States 2016 elections,” or mentioned orgs and individuals like Crowd Strike, Cozy Bear and specific IP addresses; and “Agency-wide emails mentioning or referring to the agency’s actions or position with respect to allegations of Russian-directed interference.”

This is not the first FOIA lawsuit from the pair. Earlier in the month they filed suit against the DOJ for the FBI’s failure to respond to its expedited request for FBI emails related to the bureau’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server.

[H/t @ Recode]