Judicial Watch: Federal Appeals Court Hearing on State Department Emails Set

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Washington DC-(Ammoland.com)- Judicial Watch today announced oral argument will be heard Tuesday, February 7, 2017, in Judicial Watch’s Appeal (No. 16-5170) regarding its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking records that identify the number and names of all U.S. Department employees who used non-government email addresses to conduct official State Department business (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:15-cv-00690)).

Judicial Watch’s lawsuit, filed on May 6, 2015, seeks:

All records that identify the number and names of all current and former officials, officers, or employees of the U.S. Department of State from January 20, 2009 to the present who used email addresses other than their assigned “state.gov” email addresses to conduct official State Department business.

Judge Rosemary M. Collyer granted summary judgment in State Department’s favor, closing the case. Judicial Watch appealed the lower court’s decision on June 2, 2016. In its briefing documents Judicial Watch argues:

The crux of this case is the [State Department] knew or should have known which documents [Judicial Watch] was seeking, but chose not to comply. A review of the record provided in the Joint Appendix demonstrates that State cannot credibly claim that it could not understand which records [Judicial Watch] sought.

State’s efforts to demonstrate that its search for records was adequate similarly fail. Indeed, had State complied with FOIA’s requirements for agencies to conduct sufficient searches, this litigation likely never would have progressed this far.

The irony that State has gone to these lengths to avoid responding to a FOIA request about the use of unofficial email accounts – which is itself a well-known FOIA evasion tactic – should not be lost on this Court.

Oral argument is scheduled to be heard before D.C. Circuit Judges Karen L. Henderson, Harry T. Edwards and David B. Sentelle:

  • Date: Tuesday, February, 7, 2017
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. ET
  • Location: Courtroom 31, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

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BillyBob Texas

YEAH! Why wouldn’t Tillerson merely make a phone call downstairs and get ALL this info released in about 20 minutes…..

Wild Bill

@Oldvet, Bimini. Bimini is the only place on earth that does not have extradition with the U.S. and is not a sh*t hole, at the same time. Adam Clayton Powel fled to Bimini, and lived a nice long life.


With the new Trump Administration appointed Secretary of State shouldn’t there be a change in policy and the FOIA request now be accommodated? Isn’t this in keeping with the openness and accountability philosophy of our new president?

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BillyBob Texas

GO GET ‘EM . !!
And good luck !!