Case Number: 17-848

DOJ Records Relating to Solicitor General Noel Francisco’s Recusal

March 21, 2018
Department of Justice documents produced in response to American Oversight's FOIA litigation seeking records related to Solicitor General Noel Francisco's participation in the defense of the Trump administration's travel ban in January 2017.

Order Motion for Expedition Denied in American Oversight v DOJ Francisco Recusal

February 22, 2018
Order from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia denying American Oversight’s motion seeking expedited processing of the FOIA request for records related to Solicitor General Noel Francisco’s recusal from participating in the travel ban case in early 2017. DOJ has already produced a number of these records while the legal case has been proceeding.

Brief Supporting Summary Judgment Motion: American Oversight v. DOJ – Francisco Recusal

August 7, 2017
Reply brief filed by American Oversight in support of our motion for partial summary judgment in our lawsuit seeking records related to Solicitor General Noel Francisco's recusal during the defense of President Trump's travel ban in early 2017.

Brief Supporting PSJ Motion: Francisco Ethics Lawsuit

June 30, 2017
American Oversight brief supporting our motion for partial summary judgment in our lawsuit seeking records related to Noel Francisco's involvement in the defense of President Trump's travel ban.

DOJ Civil Division Emails Regarding Noel Francisco Travel Ban Recusal

June 27, 2017
Obtained through FOIA by American Oversight on June 27, 2017. The Department of Justice’s Civil Division responded to our FOIA request (DOJ-17-0088) for records concerning Noel Francisco’s compliance with ethics and conflict of interest laws in light of President Trump’s intention to nominate Mr. Francisco to be Solicitor General of the United States.

Francisco & the Travel Ban: What We Learned from the DOJ Documents

June 23, 2017
On April 6, American Oversight sought records from DOJ relating to Solicitor General nominee Noel Francisco’s participation in the defense of President Trump’s travel ban and any ethics waivers he received to do so.  Those records can give us some important insights into how DOJ addressed this specific situation – and the principles it might apply to similar questions in the future.

DOJ OLC No Records Response

June 2, 2017
OLC stated that it had no records responsive to American Oversight's FOIA request for information relating to Noel Francisco's involvement in the defense of President Trump's travel ban.