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JW v Department of Justice McCabe Travel 01493

JW v Department of Justice McCabe Travel 01493

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Date Created:July 26, 2017

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Case 1:17-cv-01493 Document Filed 07/26/17 Page THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT COLUMBIA
JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.,
425 Third Street SW, Suite 800
Washington, 20024,
Plaintiff,
U.S. DEPARTMENT JUSTICE,
950 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, 20530-0001,
Defendant.
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Civil Action No.
COMPLAINT
Plaintiff Judicial Watch, Inc. brings this action against Defendant U.S. Department
Justice compel compliance with the Freedom Information Act, U.S.C. 552 FOIA grounds therefor, Plaintiff alleges follows:
JURISDICTION AND VENUE
The Court has jurisdiction over this action pursuant U.S.C. 552(a)(4)(B)
and U.S.C. 1331.
Venue proper this district pursuant U.S.C. 1391(e).
PARTIES
Plaintiff Judicial Watch, Inc. not-for-profit, educational organization
incorporated under the laws the District Columbia and headquartered 425 Third Street
SW, Suite 800, Washington, 20024. Plaintiff seeks promote transparency, accountability,
and integrity government and fidelity the rule law. part its mission, Plaintiff
regularly requests records from federal agencies pursuant FOIA. Plaintiff analyzes the
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responses and disseminates its findings and the requested records the American public
inform them about what their government to.
Defendant U.S. Department Justice agency the United States
Government. Defendant has possession, custody, and control records which Plaintiff seeks
access. Defendant headquartered U.S. Department Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue
NW, Washington, 20530-0001.
STATEMENT FACTS October 24, 2016 Plaintiff submitted, via certified mail, FOIA request the
Federal Bureau Investigation FBI component Defendant, seeking the following:
--Any and all Standard Forms and (i.e., SF-50s and SF-52s) for FBI Deputy
Director Andrew McCabe;
--Any and all requests for approvals travel submitted FBI Deputy Director
Andrew McCabe;
--Any and all travel vouchers and accompanying receipts and related
documentation submitted FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe;
--Any and all calendar entries for FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
The time frame for the requested records was given March 2015 the present.
According U.S. Postal Service records, Defendant received Plaintiff request October 27, 2016. letter dated November 15, 2016, Defendant acknowledged receiving
Plaintiff request and advised Plaintiff that the request had been assigned FOIPA Request No.
1361278-000. the date this Complaint, Defendant has failed to: (i) produce the
requested records demonstrate that the requested records are lawfully exempt from
production; (ii) notify Plaintiff the scope any responsive records Defendant intends
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produce withhold and the reasons for any withholdings; (iii) inform Plaintiff that may
appeal any adequately specific, adverse determination.
COUNT
(Violation FOIA, U.S.C. 552)
Plaintiff realleges paragraphs through fully stated herein.
10.
Plaintiff being irreparably harmed reason Defendant violation FOIA,
and Plaintiff will continue irreparably harmed unless Defendant compelled comply
with FOIA.
11. trigger FOIA administrative exhaustion requirement, Defendant was
required determine whether comply with Plaintiff request within twenty (20) working
days receiving the request. Accordingly, Defendant determination was due about
November 29, 2016. minimum, Defendant was required to: (i) gather and review the
requested documents; (ii) determine and communicate Plaintiff the scope any responsive
records Defendant intended produce withhold and the reasons for any withholdings; and
(iii) inform Plaintiff that may appeal any adequately specific, adverse determination. See, e.g.,
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics Washington Federal Election Commission, 711 F.3d
180, 188-89 (D.C. Cir. 2013).
12.
Because Defendant failed determine whether comply with Plaintiff request
within the time period required FOIA, Plaintiff deemed have exhausted its administrative
appeal remedies. U.S.C. 552(a)(6)(C)(i).
WHEREFORE, Plaintiff respectfully requests that the Court: (1) order Defendant
search for any and all records responsive Plaintiff FOIA request and demonstrate that
employed search methods reasonably likely lead the discovery records responsive the
request; (2) order Defendant produce, date certain, any and all non-exempt records
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responsive the request and Vaughn index any responsive records withheld under claim
exemption; (3) enjoin Defendant from continuing withhold any and all non-exempt records
responsive the request; (4) grant Plaintiff award attorneys fees and other litigation costs
reasonably incurred this action pursuant U.S.C. 552(a)(4)(E); and (5) grant Plaintiff
such other relief the Court deems just and proper.
Dated: July 26, 2017
Respectfully submitted,
/s/ Jason Aldrich
JASON ALDRICH
D.C. Bar No. 495488
JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.
425 Third Street SW, Suite 800
Washington, 20024
(202) 646-5172
Counsel for Plaintiff
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