Organizations Ask Administration to Call on DOJ to Rethink Anti-Disclosure Position

In a letter organized by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), transparency and accountability organizations wrote to Bob Bauer, Counsel to the President, to express profound disappointment in the anti-disclosure position articulated by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in front of the Supreme Court during oral argument of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vs. AT&T. The DOJ’s argument that the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) exemptions should not always be interpreted narrowly flies in the face of case law and policy statements from the President and the Attorney General. The organizations ask the Administration to press DOJ to reconsider its position in light of the Administration’s policy pronouncements.