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Case TitleJAMES MADISON PROJECT et al v. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2017cv01392
Date Filed2017-07-14
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Amy Berman Jackson
PlaintiffJAMES MADISON PROJECT
PlaintiffJOSH GERSTEIN
Case DescriptionThe James Madison Project and Politico reporter Josh Gerstein submitted FOIA requests to the Department of Justice for records concerning any communications between DOJ and the FBI as to whether President Trump was a target of or a material witness to any investigation. The James Madison Project and Gerstein also requested expedited processing. The agency granted expedited processing but took a 10-day extension for unusual circumstances. The James Madison Project and Gerstein also submitted a FOIA request to the FBI for records for the same information. The agency refused to confirm the existence or non-existence of records under Exemption 7(A) (interference with ongoing investigation or proceeding) and Exemption 7(E) (investigative methods and techniques). The James Madison Project and Gerstein filed an administrative appeal of the FBI's denial, which was upheld. The James Madison Project and Gerstein then filed suit on both requests.
Complaint issues: Litigation - Attorney's fees, Failure to respond within statutory time limit

DefendantDEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
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2017-07-141COMPLAINT against DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5031930) filed by JAMES MADISON PROJECT, JOSH GERSTEIN. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Exhibit Rule 7.1 certification, # 3 Summons DOJ, # 4 Summons USADC, # 5 Summons USAG)(Moss, Bradley) Modified on 7/14/2017 (zsth). (Entered: 07/14/2017)
2017-07-14Case Assigned to Judge Amy Berman Jackson. (sth) (Entered: 07/14/2017)
2017-07-142SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachments: # 1 Summons, # 2 Summons, # 3 Summons)(sth) (Entered: 07/14/2017)
2017-07-143LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by JAMES MADISON PROJECT. (sth) (Entered: 07/14/2017)
2017-07-244RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE served on 7/21/2017 (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit (certified mail receipt))(Moss, Bradley) (Entered: 07/24/2017)
2017-07-245RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 7/21/2017. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 8/20/2017. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit (certified mail receipt))(Moss, Bradley) (Entered: 07/24/2017)
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