Jamal Khashoggi

A federal court in New York rejected the federal government’s attempt to not specifically identify the tape of the killing of Jamal Khashoggi in a Vaughn index. President Donald Trump’s statement admitting that U.S. intelligence agencies had reviewed the tape and that the government is in possession of it, and another statement made by Vice President Mike Pence, preclude the government from claiming that identifying the tape would reveal “undisclosed classified information.”

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Classified Military Records

Classified images withheld from a Freedom of Information Act request seeking military investigation records relating to terrorist attacks in Iraq between 2004 and 2011 should not be released, the Second Circuit ruled. A law firm representing hundreds of U.S. service members injured or killed in such attacks is not entitled to the records under the official disclosure doctrine.

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Omarosa FOIA

The New York Times and its reporter Charlie Savage sued the Department of Justice in a federal FOIA complaint for information on the DOJ’s lawsuit against Omarosa Manigault Newman seeking a fine of $50,000 after she published a book critical of President Trump, which “has raised the question of whether and how White House officials influenced the Justice Department decision to bring legal action against a Trump critic.”

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