June 28, 2019

CREW filed an amicus brief supporting the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and Jason Leopold of Buzzfeed News in their case against DOJ to obtain the full, unredacted Mueller Report through the Freedom of Information Act.

DOJ has argued that Exemption 5, the deliberative process privilege, applies to the Mueller Report. Records redacted under Exemption 5, which only applies to those that are predecisional and deliberative, cannot be accessed through FOIA requests. CREW argues that Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted his report at the conclusion of his investigation to explain his final decisions, so Exemption 5 does not apply to his report.

The Mueller Report contains critical information regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election, relationships between Russia and the Trump campaign and evidence that the president obstructed justice. Accessing the full report is crucial to understanding Special Counsel Mueller’s findings and holding the president accountable.

Read the brief here.