Susan Pompeo

In search of information on whether Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ordered federal workers to do personal errands for him and his wife, NBCUniversal sued the State Department in federal court for “records of electronic communications between Susan Pompeo’s personal email address and email addresses with a @state.gov domain name, sent or received on or between April 26, 2018 and November 13, 2019.”

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Virus Research

The Washington Post sued the State Department in federal court for information on U.S. diplomats’ visits to Wuhan, China in 2018, regarding the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s “studies on bat coronaviruses,” and the diplomats’ urging the U.S. to provide support to the lab, “because its research on bat coronaviruses was important but dangerous,” and the U.S. refusal to provide such support.

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NRA Wins Again: US Calls Gun Stores ‘Essential’

The Trump administration has ruled that gun shops are “essential” businesses that should remain open as other businesses are closed to try to stop the spread of coronavirus. Gun-control groups are balking, calling it a policy that puts profits over public health after intense lobbying by the gun industry.

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FOIA Requests

A federal court in Washington upheld a majority of Freedom of Information Act request withholdings challenged by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Barton Gellman who seeks every record in federal intelligence agencies’ files that mentions his name. Gellman, who is writing a book about intelligence gathering, reported on documents leaked to him from Edward Snowden.

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Cover-Up

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington sued Immigration and Customs Enforcement et al. in federal court to stop them from destroying “records documenting mistreatment of individuals detained in ICE custody, including records of detainee deaths, sexual assault and abuse, civil rights violations, inhumane solitary confinement practices, and violations of ICE detention standards.”

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