DOJ Refuses to Release Records on Former DNC Staffer Seth Rich

By Attorney Ty Clevenger, Founder of LawFlog.com

The U.S. Department of Justice will not release any records related to the murder of former Democratic National Committee Data Director of New Voter Registration Seth Rich, according to a letter that Attorney Ty Clevenger received this morning. Ty has been working with America First Media Group on the case for many months, and has multiple lawsuits filed against the Department of Justice and the FBI.

They have according to Clevenger, refused to release any records they have on Seth Rich at all, whether he had a security clearance, or a background check.

The same office originally refused to even search for records related to Seth Rich, but it was overruled on October 2, 2017 after I appealed to DOJ’s Office of Information Policy.  Six months later, they’re still refusing to release anything.

I have already filed suit against the FBI and DOJ to force the agencies to release records (DOJ’s answer to the lawsuit is due next Thursday), and I am not particularly surprised by the response thus far.  For one thing, the Freedom of Information Act grants broad exemptions for records pertaining to law enforcement and prosecution.

Even so, those exemptions have limits, and not everything should be protected by FOIA. I expect to show, for example, that the FBI lied by claiming that it has no records related to Seth Rich.  My sources tell me that the FBI assisted D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department in hacking some of Mr. Rich’s electronic devices, yet the FBI has refused to even search for records at its Washington Field Office, where the records would be kept.Why does it matter whether the FBI was involved? Because the FBI usually does not investigate a “botched street robbery,” as DC officials have described the incident.

One of the exemptions cited by DOJ particularly intrigues me: “inter-agency or intra-agency memorandums or letters which would not be available by law to a party other than an agency in litigation with the agency.” I’ll be asking for those records during discovery. Stay tuned.

You can read the full article here on Ty’s blog site Lawflog.com

Matt Couch is the founder of America First Media & Investigations and a contributor for the D.C. Chronicle. You can follow Matt on Twitter @RealMattCouch

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