Politicization of the Justice Department

President Trump has repeatedly and publicly called for the Justice Department and the FBI to investigate his perceived enemies – and in doing so, he's crossed a longstanding line against politicizing our nation's law enforcement agencies.

What We’re Seeking:

  • Records related to DOJ’s decision to reopen an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s alleged role in the Uranium One deal, including communications with Congress about the investigation and emails within the Attorney General’s office that mention the term “Uranium One.”
  • Communications within the Office of the Attorney General and the DOJ public affairs regarding the decision to leak contents of text messages sent by Peter Strzok.
  • Communications from DOJ political leadership attempting to influence the outcome of ongoing investigations.

Background:

Since taking office President Trump has regularly called upon the DOJ to investigate individuals he perceives as political opponents, especially his 2016 general election opponent Hillary Clinton, senior officials within the FBI, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

He’s tweeted calling on DOJ to open particular investigations on several occasions.

Former FBI Director James Comey also testified that Trump asked him for a pledge of loyalty and then requested that Comey drop the investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn – and after Comey refused both requests, he was fired.

Troublingly, it appears that DOJ is allowing itself to be pressured by Trump’s demands. In November 2017, Attorney General Sessions informed members of Congress that he was considering appointing a second special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton’s alleged role in approving the sale of a uranium company to a Russian state company. In January 2018, after yet another round of tweets from Trump, the Daily Beast reported that DOJ officials had agreed to take a “fresh look” at Clinton’s use of a private email server.

As the president attempts to use his power to use his power to have his enemies investigated, we’re seeking answers from the Department of Justice.

Related Documents

January 16, 2018

Records Related to FOIAs Regarding Uranium One

Department of Justice
Agency Record
December 19, 2017

FOIA to DOJ/OLC Regarding Decision to Release Text Messages to Congress

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
December 14, 2017

FOIA to DOJ Seeking Records Related to Decision to Share Text Messages With Journalists

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
December 14, 2017

FOIA to DOJ Seeking Records of the Decision to Share Text Message Communications

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
December 14, 2017

FOIA to DOJ Regarding Peter Strzok and Lisa Page Text Message Conversation

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
December 14, 2017

FOIA to DOJ Regarding Decision to Share Text Messages

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
November 22, 2017

FOIA to DOJ Seeking Emails Related to Uranium One

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
November 22, 2017

FOIA to DOJ Seeking Records of FOIA Requests Received Regarding Bob Goodlatte’s Letter

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
November 22, 2017

FOIA to DOJ Seeking Communications Related to Goodlatte’s Letter

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
November 22, 2017

FOIA to DOJ Seeking Communications Regarding Alabama Election

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
November 22, 2017

FOIA to DOJ Regarding Congressman Robert Goodlatte’s Letters

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
November 22, 2017

FOIA to DOJ Regarding Congressman Robert Goodlatte’s Letters and Related Prosecutors

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
November 22, 2017

FOIA Seeking Records Related to Goodlatte Response

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
November 22, 2017

FOIA Seeking Records Related to Goodlatte Letters and Issues Discussed

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
November 22, 2017

FOIA to DOJ Regarding the AG’s Participation In Prosecution Related to Goodlatte’s Letters

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
July 19, 2017

FOIA Request to DOJ Communications National Security Division

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
July 19, 2017

FOIA Request to DOJ Office of Attorney General Regarding Investigations

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
July 18, 2017

FOIA Request to DOJ Changes of Litigation Positions

Department of Justice
FOIA Request