Lawsuit Filed Against State Department for Ignoring Fast and Furious Freedom of Information Act Request

“Today we filed suit against the Department of State on behalf of Kent Terry and David Codrea,” Stamboulieh Law, PLLC announced Sunday. The complaint was filed due to State’s inaction on complying with a Freedom of Information Act Request submitted in June, 2016 seeking information on correspondence, documents and the like pertaining to Operation Fast and Furious “gunwalking” and State Department interactions with the government of Mexico.

There are multiple reasons for filing the request, AmmoLand Shooting Sports News reported when the FOIA (read it here) was filed, primarily because it explores an area that has been left largely unresolved by official inquiries from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General. Included in the concerns:

  • To corroborate if the government of Mexico was intentionally not informed of a U.S. government law enforcement operation where it was known guns were being illegally exported across its border.
  • To determine if Arms Export Control Act regulations were violated and/or ignored.
  • To seek further information on why the then-White House Counsel denied the House Oversight Committee access to a former National Security Council official who had been given information on Gun Running Impact Teams by the former top ATF official in Phoenix associated with Fast and Furious, along with the disclaimer “You didn’t get these from me.”

Stamboulieh with Dick Heller at Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

“DoS was required to determine whether to comply with Plaintiffs’ request within twenty (20) working days of receiving the request, or on or about July 29, 2016,” the complaint asserts. “Because DoS failed to determine whether to comply with Plaintiffs’ request within the time period required by FOIA, Plaintiffs are deemed to have exhausted their administrative remedies.”

Because of what appears to be deliberate indifference and stonewalling, the court is being asked to:

  • “Order Defendant to conduct a search for any and all responsive records to Plaintiffs’ FOIA request…
  • “Produce, by a date certain, any and all non-exempt records to Plaintiffs’ FOIA request…
  • “Enjoin Defendants from continuing to withhold any and all nonexempt records…
  • “Grant Plaintiff an award of attorneys’ fees and other litigation costs reasonably incurred…
  • “Grant Plaintiff such other relief as the Court deems just and proper.”

Terry and sister Michelle received assurances from Donald Trump.

This independent action by private citizens, a man demanding justice for a brother slain in the line of duty in an action involving Fast and Furious weapons, and a gun owner rights advocate is further warranted because:

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David Codrea

David Codrea blogs at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance (WarOnGuns.com), and is a field editor/columnist for GUNS Magazine. Named “Journalist of the Year” in 2011 by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work on the “Fast and Furious” ATF “gunwalking” scandal, he is a frequent event speaker and guest on national radio and television programs.

Comments

  1. Linda 9 August, 2017, 04:20

    Go, good guys. Prayers are with you for success and truth…followed by justice.

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  2. Chico 10 August, 2017, 08:05

    I joined Oath Keepers april 15th 2009. I am a retired vet living on SS. I would love to be able to financially but I am unable to do so. I was US Army in 67 So I did take the oath.. I love the ones who do stand up not only for themselves but others. Good luck with the suite. I am pulling for you. IF! there is anything I can do?? Please let me know. God Bless you ALL!.Frank(Chico) Valles

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  3. Bill 10 August, 2017, 09:35

    Good, now maybe the DOJ will consider throwing Holder and Obama in prison where they belong for sanctioning Fast & Furious.

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    • Ivan Berry 10 August, 2017, 14:09

      More than likely it will wind up with none punished and die on the vine as did the victums at Waco and Ruby Ridge.

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      • RJSimmons 10 August, 2017, 15:15

        @Ivan…Not to mention the hell they put Wolfgang Halbig into when he made simple requests to Sandy Hook, Conn. Not only did they stonewall him, but they tried to run him off the road, threatened him with arrest, and finally threatened his family members. These shadowy figures are criminals of the highest degree.

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    • Vinny 10 August, 2017, 14:50

      Correct…Obama Soetoro Sobarkah and Holder should go to prison for the crimes and treason they committed, and while they at at it, lets send Loretta Lynch and Susan Rice along with them. The entire Obama Administration was hands down the most notable group of anti Americans ever assembled in a Presidential Administration. The greatest political disgrace in American history. The damage in many areas, may not be reversible.

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