(UnitedVoice.com) – The novel coronavirus has led to shutdowns across the country, from jobs to government offices. One such closure is the State Dept FOIA office, which handles the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
According to the department’s website, the Office of Information Programs and Services has set up a telework system for its employees, ensuring their safety from the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to this, FOIA appeals and requests have been essentially put on hold for the moment.
Tom Fitton, the President of Judicial Watch, isn’t happy with the delays. Fitton says the FBI is “using (the coronavirus) as an excuse to shut down their transparency operations” and FOIAs have been put off indefinitely.
State Dept FOIA office is also shut down due to #coronavirus. We were told to wait indefinitely now on all our requests for Spygate abuses of @RealDonaldTrump and Biden scandal docs! So Biden, conveniently, will be protected from any Ukraine-Burisma disclosures! https://t.co/NH0KeuIfrA
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) April 14, 2020
Judicial Watch has become famous for filing FOIA lawsuits in an effort to ensure government accountability. Currently, the organization is waiting on responses to appeals sent in regards to Spygate and the Biden-Ukraine scandal.
With Justice Department Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, nearing the completion of his investigation on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuses, is this just another stall tactic by the FBI to delay the inevitable? In the end, we can only hope justice is served and those who plotted against the POTUS will be forced to face the consequences of their actions.
We will follow this story and keep you informed as it breaks.
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