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Federal Law Enforcement

Getting to the Bottom of the (Attempted) McCabe Prosecution

One of the great political mysteries of the last few weeks involves what has happened to the possible criminal indictment of former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who is accused of having made false statements regarding his role in certain leaks to the media relating to the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal.

Federal Law Enforcement

Questions for the Justice Department on Cohen and Whitaker

Friday was supposed to be a very big day for those following the investigation being led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Not only was Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker scheduled to testify before the House Committee on the Judiciary, but Michael Cohen—President Trump’s former attorney, now turned cooperating witness for Mueller’s investigation—was supposed to do the same before the House’s oversight and intelligence committees.

Secrecy: FOIA

Someone at the Justice Department Wants Ethics Advice on Whitaker’s Supervision of the Mueller Investigation

Yesterday evening, we received a response to one of our FOIA requests asking whether anyone has sought or received internal ethics guidance on Whitaker’s involvement in the Mueller investigation.


Has Whitaker Sought Ethics Advice on His Involvement with the Mueller Investigation? Inquiring Minds Want to Know

We’re using FOIA to find out whether the acting attorney general has consulted with career ethics experts on his involvement with the Mueller investigation. If not, that could be a major red flag.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Document: Privacy Oversight Board Report on Signals Intelligence Policy

In response to a Freedom of Information Act request from New York Times reporter Charlie Savage, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) has declassified its implementation report on Presidential Policy Directive 28: Signals Intelligence Activities (PPD-28). PPD-28 was signed by President Obama in January of 2014 and provides principles guiding “why, whether, when, and how the United States conducts signals intelligence activities.” The report was sent to Congress in early 2017.

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