Catholic Vote, Judicial Watch Sue FBI, DOJ for Information About Leaked Memo Targeting Catholics
Catholic Vote and Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday, demanding they comply with records requests related to agency actions targeting Catholics.
In February, a now-retracted leaked memo from the FBI Richmond Field Office showed the bureau was targeting Catholics, and had used information from the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center to guide the crafting of the memo. As Breitbart News reported, the memo showed the Richmond office had found that violent extremists’ “interest” in “radical-traditionalist Catholic” ideology was growing and that it therefore presented an opportunity for the FBI to engage with certain churches in an attempt to goad the churches’ leadership into serving as FBI “tripwires,” who would operate like unofficial informants to the FBI.
Catholic Vote sent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to both the FBI and DOJ on March 8, 2023 seeking access to records pertaining to Catholics and other topics related to the leaked memo.
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