Case: Leopold v. U.S. Department of Justice

1:19-cv-01278 | U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Filed Date: May 2, 2019

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Case Summary

On May 2, 2019, Buzzfeed News and one of its reporters filed a complaint under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI. The complaint stated that the plaintiffs had filed an initial FOIA request with the DOJ on March 21, 2019 seeking the following information on an expedited timeline:Copies of any and all records, which includes but is not limited to FBI 302s, emails, memos, letters, c…

On May 2, 2019, Buzzfeed News and one of its reporters filed a complaint under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI. The complaint stated that the plaintiffs had filed an initial FOIA request with the DOJ on March 21, 2019 seeking the following information on an expedited timeline:

Copies of any and all records, which includes but is not limited to FBI 302s, emails, memos, letters, charts, used by the Office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller during the drafting and preparation of its FINAL REPORT [emphasis in original] relating to the Office’s investigation into: any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump; and (ii) any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation; and (iii) any other matters within the scope of 28 C.F.R. § 600.4(a).
The plaintiffs alleged that the DOJ refused to comply with this request or provide any responsive records. The plaintiffs filed subsequent FOIA requests for component documents of the initial request, and alleged that none of these were fulfilled:

  • A March 25 FOIA request for the subpoenas and warrants used by the Mueller investigation;
  • A March 25 FOIA request for "all documents and records" maintained by the Special Counsel's office during this investigation;
  • A March 27 FOIA request for interview reports (also known as FBI 302s) used by the Mueller investigation;
  • A March 27 FOIA request for all non-investigative communications used by the Mueller investigation team; and
  • An April 3 FOIA request for summaries written by the Mueller investigation team.
Loevy & Loevy and other private counsel represented the plaintiffs. The case was initially assigned to Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly.

A June 15, 2019 status report showed that the defendants attempted to narrow the scope of the plaintiffs' FOIA requests, but the plaintiffs refused to modify their requests. The status report stated that the DOJ would have to process over 19 billion pages of data in order to comply with the request, and that the DOJ anticipated completing a preliminary review by September 26, 2019.

Given the large volume of documents affected, the defendants filed a motion for judgment on the pleadings on August 27, arguing that the document request was unduly large and several of the FOIA requests were impermissibly vague.

The case was reassigned to Judge Reggie Walton on September 4, 2019. On September 5, the DOJ filed a motion to consolidate this case with 19-cv-1626 in the same District Court; that case (also before Judge Walton) was another FOIA case requesting the 302 forms from the Mueller investigation. Judge Walton issued an order granting the consolidation of the cases on October 3, 2019. Given the multiple FOIA complaints on this specific document type, Judge Walton issued another order on November 11 directing the DOJ to prioritize the review of the 302 forms at the pace of 500 pages per month.

On November 3, 2019, Buzzfeed published an article releasing the contents of the first tranche of documents that the DOJ gave them as part of this FOIA request. This document set highlighted that the 2016 campaign was pleased with the release of Hillary Clinton's email tranche, initially falsely attributing it to a Ukrainian hack of DNC headquarters, and noting a campaign-wide effort to prevent the candidate from discussing Russia-related issues.

On November 22, 2019, the plaintiffs filed a motion for a preliminary injunction, arguing that the November 11 order should not put a stay on processing of certain other document types, the non-public records and the summaries. The plaintiffs argued that, since the DOJ already agreed to expedited processing of these documents, the stay should not impact this processing. Judge Walton issued an order on November 28 granting the motion with regard to the summaries but not for the non-public records; the order did not provide any reasoning for this decision. He modified this order slightly in a December 16 order, which directed the DOJ to release the 302 forms and narratives that it released to Congress to the plaintiffs without further delay.

Buzzfeed publicized the second tranche of documents it received from the DOJ in a December 2, 2019 article. This tranche of documents focused on the early days of the Trump White House, when Paul Manafort was facing criminal charges and FBI director James Comey was fired. The documents emphasized the reactions of various White House officials, who were initially hopeful that the "Russia thing" would be over soon.

Buzzfeed released the third tranche of documents it received from the DOJ in a January 2, 2020 article. These documents focused on the structure of the Trump organization and the Trump White House, referencing Michael Cohen's interactions with Eastern European and Central Asian counterparts in creating deals for the Trump Organization. The documents also shed light into staffing the Trump White House and showed that Fox News anchor Sean Hannity had significant access to daily goings on at the White House. Buzzfeed updated this release in a January 17 article, providing more detail on both findings.

The plaintiffs filed a status report on January 7, 2020, stating that while the defendants had released the proper documents, the documents contained redactions of information that was already public in other releases. They also asked the court to expedite processing of the 302 forms, saying that, at the current pace, the DOJ would not complete processing of the forms until a few days before the 2020 presidential election. The plaintiffs argued that it would be in the public interest to get these documents at a quicker pace in order to provide voters with a full picture of Russian interference in the election. The defendants also filed a status report on the same day, noting that the plaintiffs could contest redactions on the summary judgment stage, not the status report stage, and defended their use of FOIA Exception 5 to redact the information. The defendants also argued that the current pace of document review sufficiently protected the public interest while maintaining security of redacted information. On February 8, Judge Walton issued an order directing the defendants to process 800 documents per month, speeding up the timeline.

Buzzfeed released another document tranche in a February 3, 2020 article. This tranche of documents focused on the internal perceptions of White House officials on the Comey firing and news articles shortly after they took office speculating on the 2016 campaign's ties to Russia.

Responding to the defendants' status report, the plaintiffs filed a motion for summary judgment contesting the use of Exception 5 in the defendants' releases on February 3, 2020, arguing that the defendants unfairly redacted information in their releases that was publicly released in the Mueller report. The defendants contested this allegation in their own motion for summary judgment filed on February 24, arguing that the redactions protected privileged work product and Presidential communications. They also argued that the Mueller report did not disclose the redacted information.

Buzzfeed's March 3 article releasing new documents from the FOIA request largely built on the previous releases, showing the importance of Sean Hannity in White House inner circles and general unease from the interview targets surrounding the Trump campaign's events with many politically connected Russians present.

Judge Walton issued a minute order on March 10, 2020 dismissing the motion for judgment on the pleadings from August 27 of the year prior; the issue was essentially moot since the parties were processing the requested documents.

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted processing of documents in this case. An April 13 status report showed that document processors were deemed nonessential employees and document processing had halted. An April 27 status report stated that processing would resume on April 29, and a May 27 status report reflected this. Judge Walton ordered the parties to return to the 800 documents per month processing schedule on June 9, 2020.

After processing resumed, Buzzfeed released another document tranche in a June 30, 2020 article. These documents contained largely the same information as the previous ones, focusing on the promotion of unfounded rumors surrounding the Clinton email releases and internal dysfunction on campaign staffing decisions.

Beside containing the internal campaign staffing drama, Buzzfeed's August 3 document release included interview summaries from high ranking White House officials Jared Kushner and K.T. McFarland, though these interviews were heavily redacted due to "ongoing investigations." Buzzfeed's September 1 document release confirmed that at least one investigation into the Trump campaign was ongoing, and included interviews with campaign staff that showed the 2016 campaign had a diffuse and poorly organized campaign finance system.

After reviewing the redactions in the released documents, Judge Walton issued an opinion on the outstanding cross motions for summary judgment on September 3, 2020. 2020 WL 5253897. He agreed with the defendants, saying that the redactions did represent privileged work product and Presidential communications, and added that the Mueller report did not publicize redacted information.

Buzzfeed's October 1 document release confirmed that the Trump 2016 campaign was in dire financial straits and was seeking large donations to subsidize a social media program in the last days of the 2016 campaign. These documents also discussed the circumstances surrounding the firings of Roger Stone and Paul Manafort.

On October 8, 2020, the plaintiffs filed a motion asking the court to further expedite document processing in light of the upcoming 2020 Presidential election. Judge Walton issued an order the following day directing the DOJ to make a "good faith effort" to release the documents before the election.

Buzzfeed released an additional document tranche in an October 3 article. These documents discussed Paul Manfort's outreach to politically connected Russian nationals. This document tranche also included documents from Michael Flynn's interview with the FBI, but the document was almost completely redacted.

On December 7, 2020, Judge Walton ordered the defendants to re-process 302 documents pertaining to Michael Flynn, given the President's pardon of Flynn. Buzzfeed received these documents on January 15, 2021 and published an article about their contents. The documents discussed Flynn's interactions with foreign contacts, both Russian and Turkish, and how he communicated these contacts to the Trump White House and campaign.

Though the Buzzfeed articles imply that the DOJ has completed document processing, the case is not yet closed.

Summary Authors

Ellen Aldin (1/17/2021)

People

For PACER's information on parties and their attorneys, see: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/15042636/parties/leopold-v-us-department-of-justice/


Judge(s)

Walton, Reggie B. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Burday, Joshua Hart (Illinois)

Hunt, Joseph H. (District of Columbia)

Tobin, Charles D. (District of Columbia)

Topic, Matthew Vincent (Illinois)

Wayne, Merrick Jason (Illinois)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Davis, Ethan P. (District of Columbia)

Enlow, Courtney (District of Columbia)

Mooppan, Hashim M. (District of Columbia)

Shapiro, Elizabeth J. (District of Columbia)

Judge(s)

Walton, Reggie B. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Burday, Joshua Hart (Illinois)

Hunt, Joseph H. (District of Columbia)

Tobin, Charles D. (District of Columbia)

Topic, Matthew Vincent (Illinois)

Wayne, Merrick Jason (Illinois)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Davis, Ethan P. (District of Columbia)

Enlow, Courtney (District of Columbia)

Mooppan, Hashim M. (District of Columbia)

Shapiro, Elizabeth J. (District of Columbia)

Other Attorney(s)

Kelley, Matthew E. (District of Columbia)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

1:19-cv-01278

Leopold v. U.S. Department of Justice [Docket]

Jan. 17, 2020

Jan. 17, 2020

Docket
20

1:19-cv-01278

Joint Status Report

July 15, 2019

July 15, 2019

Pleading / Motion / Brief
25-1

1:19-cv-01278

Memorandum in Support of Defendant's Motion for Partial Judgment on the Pleadings

Aug. 27, 2019

Aug. 27, 2019

Pleading / Motion / Brief
33

1:19-cv-01278

0:19-cv-01626

Order

Leopold v. U.S. Department of Justice, Cable News Network v. Federal Bureau of Investigation

Oct. 3, 2019

Oct. 3, 2019

Order/Opinion
39

1:19-cv-01278

0:19-cv-01626

Order

Leopold v. U.S. Department of Justice, Cable News Network v. Federal Bureau of Investigation

Nov. 19, 2019

Nov. 19, 2019

Order/Opinion
43

1:19-cv-01278

Plaintiffs' Combined Motion for Preliminary Injunction and Memo in Support

Nov. 22, 2019

Nov. 22, 2019

Pleading / Motion / Brief
47

1:19-cv-01278

0:19-cv-01626

Order

Leopold v. U.S. Department of Justice, Cable News Network v. Federal Bureau of Investigation

Nov. 28, 2019

Nov. 28, 2019

Order/Opinion
49

1:19-cv-01278

0:19-cv-01626

Order

Leopold v. U.S. Department of Justice, Cable News Network v. Federal Bureau of Investigation

Dec. 16, 2019

Dec. 16, 2019

Order/Opinion
50

1:19-cv-01278

Plaintiffs Jason Leopold's Buzzfeed, Inc.'s and Cable News Network, Inc.'s Status Report for the Court and Response to DOJ's January 2, 2020 and January 3, 2020 Productions

Leopold v. U.S. Department of Justice, Cable News Network v. Federal Bureau of Investigation

Jan. 7, 2020

Jan. 7, 2020

Pleading / Motion / Brief
51

1:19-cv-01278

0:19-cv-01626

Defendant's Status Report and Response to the Court's Order

Leopold v. U.S. Department of Justice, Cable News Network v. Federal Bureau of Investigation

Jan. 7, 2020

Jan. 7, 2020

Pleading / Motion / Brief

Resources

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/15042636/leopold-v-us-department-of-justice/

Last updated June 9, 2022, 3:09 a.m.

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COMPLAINT against DOJ DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-6097749) filed by JASON LEOPOLD, BUZZFEED INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons Summons)(Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 05/02/2019)

1 Civil Cover Sheet Civil Cover Sheet

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2 Summons Summons

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May 2, 2019

May 2, 2019

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SUMMONS (7) Issued Electronically as to DOJ DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General. (Attachments: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zef, ) (Entered: 05/03/2019)

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May 3, 2019

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Case Assigned/Reassigned

May 3, 2019

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Case Assigned to Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly. (zef, )

May 3, 2019

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ORDER ESTABLISHING PROCEDURES FOR CASES ASSIGNED TO JUDGE COLLEEN KOLLAR-KOTELLY. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 5/9/19. (DM) (Entered: 05/09/2019)

May 9, 2019

May 9, 2019

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LCvR 26.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by BUZZFEED INC., JASON LEOPOLD (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 05/15/2019)

May 15, 2019

May 15, 2019

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NOTICE of Appearance by Matthew Topic on behalf of BUZZFEED INC., JASON LEOPOLD (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 05/15/2019)

May 15, 2019

May 15, 2019

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RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE served on 5/14/2019 (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 05/23/2019)

May 23, 2019

May 23, 2019

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RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 5/14/2019. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 6/13/2019. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 05/23/2019)

May 23, 2019

May 23, 2019

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RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 05/14/2019. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 05/23/2019)

May 23, 2019

May 23, 2019

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RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION served on 5/13/2019 (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 05/23/2019)

May 23, 2019

May 23, 2019

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RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. DOJ OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL served on 5/14/2019 (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 05/23/2019)

May 23, 2019

May 23, 2019

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RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. DOJ OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL served on 5/14/2019 (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 05/23/2019)

May 23, 2019

May 23, 2019

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RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. DOJ DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL served on 5/14/2019 (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 05/23/2019)

May 23, 2019

May 23, 2019

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ANSWER to Complaint by DOJ DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D, # 5 Exhibit E, # 6 Exhibit F, # 7 Exhibit G, # 8 Exhibit H, # 9 Exhibit I, # 10 Exhibit J, # 11 Exhibit K, # 12 Exhibit L)(Enlow, Courtney) (Entered: 06/13/2019)

June 13, 2019

June 13, 2019

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NOTICE of Appearance by Courtney Danielle Enlow on behalf of All Defendants (Enlow, Courtney) (Entered: 06/13/2019)

June 13, 2019

June 13, 2019

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Set/Reset Deadlines

June 14, 2019

June 14, 2019

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Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Meet & Confer Statement due by 7/14/2019. (dot)

June 14, 2019

June 14, 2019

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ORDER. The parties shall file the schedule not later than JULY 14, 2019. See Order for further details. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on June 14, 2019. (lcckk1) (Entered: 06/14/2019)

June 14, 2019

June 14, 2019

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Memorandum in opposition to re 16 MOTION to Consolidate Cases with CNN v. FBI, No. 19-1626 filed by BUZZFEED INC., JASON LEOPOLD. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order Proposed Order)(Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 07/03/2019)

July 3, 2019

July 3, 2019

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MOTION to Consolidate Cases with CNN v. FBI, No. 19-1626 by DOJ DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum in Support, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Enlow, Courtney) (Entered: 07/03/2019)

July 3, 2019

July 3, 2019

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REPLY to opposition to motion re 16 MOTION to Consolidate Cases with CNN v. FBI, No. 19-1626 filed by DOJ DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Enlow, Courtney) (Entered: 07/10/2019)

July 10, 2019

July 10, 2019

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Joint STATUS REPORT by DOJ DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Enlow, Courtney) (Entered: 07/15/2019)

July 15, 2019

July 15, 2019

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Memorandum in opposition to re 16 MOTION to Consolidate Cases with CNN v. FBI, No. 19-1626 filed by CABLE NEWS NETWORK, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A Order in 15-mc-1188)(Tobin, Charles) (Entered: 07/15/2019)

July 15, 2019

July 15, 2019

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SUPPLEMENTAL MEMORANDUM to re 19 Memorandum in Opposition to Motion to Consolidate filed by CABLE NEWS NETWORK, INC.. (Tobin, Charles) (Entered: 07/16/2019)

July 16, 2019

July 16, 2019

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REPLY to opposition to motion re 16 MOTION to Consolidate Cases with CNN v. FBI, No. 19-1626 filed by DOJ DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Enlow, Courtney) (Entered: 07/22/2019)

July 22, 2019

July 22, 2019

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NOTICE of Appearance by Merrick Jason Wayne on behalf of BUZZFEED INC., JASON LEOPOLD (Wayne, Merrick) (Entered: 08/06/2019)

Aug. 6, 2019

Aug. 6, 2019

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NOTICE of Appearance by Elizabeth J. Shapiro on behalf of All Defendants (Shapiro, Elizabeth) (Entered: 08/09/2019)

Aug. 9, 2019

Aug. 9, 2019

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Partial MOTION for Judgment on the Pleadings by DOJ DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum in Support, # 2 Text of Proposed Order, # 3 Statement of Facts, # 4 Exhibit A - Brinkmann Declaration, # 5 Exhibit B - Hardy Declaration, # 6 Exhibit C - emails, # 7 Exhibit D - emails)(Enlow, Courtney) (Entered: 08/27/2019)

1 Memorandum in Support

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2 Text of Proposed Order

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3 Statement of Facts

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4 Exhibit A - Brinkmann Declaration

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5 Exhibit B - Hardy Declaration

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6 Exhibit C - emails

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7 Exhibit D - emails

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Aug. 27, 2019

Aug. 27, 2019

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Order on Motion to Consolidate Cases

Sept. 3, 2019

Sept. 3, 2019

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MINUTE ORDER: The Court has received Defendants' 16 Motion for Consolidation requesting that this case be consolidated with Cable News Network v. Federal Bureau of Investigation, No. 19-cv-1626 (D.D.C.), assigned to Judge Royce C. Lamberth. This case is in the process of being reassigned to Judge Reggie B. Walton, by his consent, as related to his case Electric Privacy Information Center v. United States Department of Justice, No. 19-cv-810 (D.D.C.). Accordingly, Defendants' Motion is DENIED as moot. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on September 3, 2019. (lcckk1)

Sept. 3, 2019

Sept. 3, 2019

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Case directly reassigned to Judge Reggie B. Walton as there is an earlier related case. Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly is no longer assigned to the case. (rj) (Entered: 09/04/2019)

Sept. 4, 2019

Sept. 4, 2019

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MOTION to Consolidate Cases by DOJ DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum in Support, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Enlow, Courtney) (Entered: 09/05/2019)

Sept. 5, 2019

Sept. 5, 2019

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Memorandum in opposition to re 25 Partial MOTION for Judgment on the Pleadings filed by BUZZFEED INC., JASON LEOPOLD. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Statement of Facts Plaintiffs' Response to Defendants' Statement of Facts, # 4 Text of Proposed Order)(Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 09/10/2019)

Sept. 10, 2019

Sept. 10, 2019

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Memorandum in opposition to re 27 MOTION to Consolidate Cases filed by CABLE NEWS NETWORK, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Tobin, Charles) (Entered: 09/10/2019)

Sept. 10, 2019

Sept. 10, 2019

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ORDER. In accordance with the reasons stated in the attached Order, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties in the above-captioned cases shall appear before the Court on October 1, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. to discuss why these cases should not be consolidated or deemed related. Signed by Judge Reggie B. Walton on September 12, 2019. (lcrbw1) (Entered: 09/12/2019)

Sept. 12, 2019

Sept. 12, 2019

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REPLY to opposition to motion re 25 Partial MOTION for Judgment on the Pleadings filed by DOJ DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Enlow, Courtney) (Entered: 09/17/2019)

Sept. 17, 2019

Sept. 17, 2019

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REPLY to opposition to motion re 27 MOTION to Consolidate Cases filed by DOJ DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Enlow, Courtney) (Entered: 09/17/2019)

Sept. 17, 2019

Sept. 17, 2019

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Minute Entry; for proceedings held before Judge Reggie B. Walton: Status Conference held on 10/1/2019. Production/Scheduling Order to issue via chambers. Status Conference set for 11/13/2019 at 09:30 AM in Courtroom 16 before Judge Reggie B. Walton. (Court Reporter Cathryn Jones) (hs)

Oct. 1, 2019

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~Util - Set/Reset Hearings

Oct. 2, 2019

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Status Conference

Oct. 2, 2019

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ORDER. See attached Order for details. Signed by Judge Reggie B. Walton on October 3, 2019. (lcrbw1) (Entered: 10/03/2019)

Oct. 3, 2019

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RESPONSE re 25 Partial MOTION for Judgment on the Pleadings Plaintiffs' Supplemental Response to Defendants' Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings filed by BUZZFEED INC., JASON LEOPOLD. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 11/07/2019)

Nov. 7, 2019

Nov. 7, 2019

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REPLY to opposition to motion re 25 Partial MOTION for Judgment on the Pleadings filed by DOJ DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit)(Enlow, Courtney) (Entered: 11/08/2019)

Nov. 8, 2019

Nov. 8, 2019

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RESPONSE to Court Order by DOJ DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE re 33 Order on Motion to Consolidate Cases (Attachments: # 1 Declaration, # 2 Declaration)(Enlow, Courtney) Modified on 11/13/2019 text (ztd). (Entered: 11/12/2019)

Nov. 12, 2019

Nov. 12, 2019

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STATUS REPORT by BUZZFEED INC., JASON LEOPOLD. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 11/12/2019)

Nov. 12, 2019

Nov. 12, 2019

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RESPONSE 33 by CABLE NEWS NETWORK, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D)(Tobin, Charles) Modified on 11/13/2019 (ztd). (Entered: 11/12/2019)

Nov. 12, 2019

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Notice of QC

Nov. 13, 2019

Nov. 13, 2019

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~Util - Set/Reset Hearings

Nov. 13, 2019

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Status Conference

Nov. 13, 2019

Nov. 13, 2019

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Minute Entry; for proceedings held before Judge Reggie B. Walton: Status Conference held on 11/13/2019. Written Order to issue via Chambers. Status Conference set for 11/25/2019 at 02:00 PM in Courtroom 16 before Judge Reggie B. Walton. (Court Reporter Cathryn Jones) (hs)

Nov. 13, 2019

Nov. 13, 2019

PACER

NOTICE OF ERROR re 38 Notice (Other); emailed to courtney.d.enlow@usdoj.gov, cc'd 11 associated attorneys -- The PDF file you docketed contained errors: 1. DO NOT REFILE. FYI, The event for this type of filing is under Oppositions and Replies then select Response to Order. (ztd, )

Nov. 13, 2019

Nov. 13, 2019

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ORDER. See attached Order for details. Signed by Judge Reggie B. Walton on November 19, 2019. (lcrbw1) (Entered: 11/19/2019)

Nov. 19, 2019

Nov. 19, 2019

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RESPONSE TO ORDER re 39 Order by DOJ DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Enlow, Courtney) Modified text on 11/21/2019 (ztd). (Entered: 11/20/2019)

Nov. 20, 2019

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Order on Motion to Clarify

Nov. 20, 2019

Nov. 20, 2019

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MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of the 40 Defendant's Motion for Clarification, and for good cause shown, it is hereby ORDERED that this motion is GRANTED. It is further ORDERED that, on or before December 2, 2019, the United States Department of Justice (the "Department") shall produce FBI FD-302 forms, including any handwritten notes and attachments to the typewritten narrative, in accordance with the terms of the Court's October 3, 2019 Order, ECF No. 33. It is further ORDERED that, beginning on December 2, 2019, and until otherwise ordered by the Court, the Department shall, on a monthly basis, process at least five hundred (500) pages of only the typewritten narratives of the FBI FD-302 forms (unless fewer than five hundred (500) pages remain, in which case the remaining balance shall be processed). It is further ORDERED that, on January 2, 2020, and on the first day of every month thereafter (or on the next business day if the first is a not a business day), the Department shall produce the non-exempt portions of the typewritten narratives of the FBI FD-302 forms. Signed by Judge Reggie B. Walton on November 20, 2019. (lcrbw1)

Nov. 20, 2019

Nov. 20, 2019

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40

MOTION to Clarify re 39 Order by DOJ DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Enlow, Courtney) (Entered: 11/20/2019)

Nov. 20, 2019

Nov. 20, 2019

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Notice of QC

Nov. 21, 2019

Nov. 21, 2019

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Set/Reset Hearings

Nov. 21, 2019

Nov. 21, 2019

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Set/Reset Hearings: Status Conference reset for 11/25/2019 at 02:30 PM in Courtroom 16 before Judge Reggie B. Walton. (hs)

Nov. 21, 2019

Nov. 21, 2019

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NOTICE OF ERROR re 41 Notice (Other); emailed to courtney.d.enlow@usdoj.gov, cc'd 12 associated attorneys -- The PDF file you docketed contained errors: 1. Incorrect event used, 2. Do Not Refile. FYI: In the future, select Response to Order under Oppositions and Replies. (ztd, )

Nov. 21, 2019

Nov. 21, 2019

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45

RESPONSE TO ORDER OF THE COURT re 39 Order Plaintiffs' Response to DOJ's November 20, 2019 Response filed by BUZZFEED INC., CABLE NEWS NETWORK, INC., JASON LEOPOLD. (Tobin, Charles) (Entered: 11/22/2019)

Nov. 22, 2019

Nov. 22, 2019

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44

Motion for Reconsideration Motion to Reconsider Stay by BUZZFEED INC., JASON LEOPOLD. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)Associated Cases: 1:19-cv-01278-RBW, 1:19-cv-01626-RBW(Topic, Matthew) Modified on 11/22/2019 (ztd). Modified on 11/26/2019 (ztd). (Entered: 11/22/2019)

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Nov. 22, 2019

Nov. 22, 2019

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43

MOTION for Preliminary Injunction by BUZZFEED INC., JASON LEOPOLD (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)Associated Cases: 1:19-cv-01278-RBW, 1:19-cv-01626-RBW(Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 11/22/2019)

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Nov. 22, 2019

Nov. 22, 2019

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ENTERED IN ERROR. . . . MOTION for Reconsideration of Defendants' request for a stay by BUZZFEED INC., JASON LEOPOLD (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)Associated Cases: 1:19-cv-01278-RBW, 1:19-cv-01626-RBW(Topic, Matthew) Modified on 11/22/2019 (ztd). (Entered: 11/22/2019)

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Nov. 22, 2019

Nov. 22, 2019

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~Util - Set/Reset Hearings

Nov. 25, 2019

Nov. 25, 2019

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Motion Hearing

Nov. 25, 2019

Nov. 25, 2019

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Minute Entry; for proceedings held before Judge Reggie B. Walton: Motion Hearing held on 11/25/2019. The previous production order is VACATED. A written order will issue via Chambers. Status Conference set for 1/8/2020 at 11:30 AM in Courtroom 16 before Judge Reggie B. Walton. (Court Reporter Cathryn Jones) (hs)

Nov. 25, 2019

Nov. 25, 2019

PACER
46

TRANSCRIPT OF PROCEEDINGS before Judge Reggie B. Walton held on November 13, 2019; Page Numbers: 1 - 61. Court Reporter/Transcriber Cathryn Jones, Telephone number 202 354-3246, Transcripts may be ordered by submitting the Transcript Order FormFor the first 90 days after this filing date, the transcript may be viewed at the courthouse at a public terminal or purchased from the court reporter referenced above. After 90 days, the transcript may be accessed via PACER. Other transcript formats, (multi-page, condensed, CD or ASCII) may be purchased from the court reporter.NOTICE RE REDACTION OF TRANSCRIPTS: The parties have twenty-one days to file with the court and the court reporter any request to redact personal identifiers from this transcript. If no such requests are filed, the transcript will be made available to the public via PACER without redaction after 90 days. The policy, which includes the five personal identifiers specifically covered, is located on our website at www.dcd.uscourts.gov. Redaction Request due 12/18/2019. Redacted Transcript Deadline set for 12/28/2019. Release of Transcript Restriction set for 2/25/2020.(Jones, Cathryn) Modified on 11/27/2019 (ztd). (Entered: 11/27/2019)

Nov. 27, 2019

Nov. 27, 2019

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47

ORDER. See attached Order for details. Signed by Judge Reggie B. Walton on November 28, 2019. (lcrbw1) (Entered: 11/28/2019)

Nov. 28, 2019

Nov. 28, 2019

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48

MOTION for Extension of Time to complete processing the FD-302s that currently must be produced by January 2, MOTION to Expedite Ruling given the impending January 2 production date by DOJ DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Enlow, Courtney) (Entered: 12/11/2019)

Dec. 11, 2019

Dec. 11, 2019

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49

ORDER. See attached Order for details. Signed by Judge Reggie B. Walton on December 16, 2019. (lcrbw2) (Entered: 12/16/2019)

Dec. 16, 2019

Dec. 16, 2019

Clearinghouse
52

RESPONSE TO ORDER OF THE COURT re 49 Order on Motion for Extension of Time to, Order on Motion to Expedite filed by DOJ DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (ztd); (See docket entry no. 51 to view.) (Entered: 01/08/2020)

Jan. 7, 2020

Jan. 7, 2020

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51

STATUS REPORT by DOJ DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Enlow, Courtney) (Entered: 01/07/2020)

Jan. 7, 2020

Jan. 7, 2020

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50

Joint STATUS REPORT and Response to DOJ's January Productions by BUZZFEED INC., CABLE NEWS NETWORK, INC., JASON LEOPOLD, CABLE NEWS NETWORK. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D, # 5 Exhibit E)Associated Cases: 1:19-cv-01278-RBW, 1:19-cv-01626-RBW(Tobin, Charles) (Entered: 01/07/2020)

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Jan. 7, 2020

Jan. 7, 2020

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Response to Order of the Court

Jan. 8, 2020

Jan. 8, 2020

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Status Conference

Jan. 8, 2020

Jan. 8, 2020

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~Util - Set/Reset Hearings

Jan. 8, 2020

Jan. 8, 2020

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CORRECTED*****Minute Entry; for proceedings held before Judge Reggie B. Walton: Status Conference held on 1/8/2020, Status Conference set for 1/30/2020 at 10:00 AM in Courtroom 16 before Judge Reggie B. Walton. Scheduling Order to issue via Chambers. (Court Reporter Cathryn Jones) (hs) Modified on 1/17/2020 to correct the hearing date to 1/30/2020 (hs).

Jan. 8, 2020

Jan. 8, 2020

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53

ORDER. See attached Order for details. Signed by Judge Reggie B. Walton on January 13, 2020. (lcrbw1) (Entered: 01/13/2020)

Jan. 13, 2020

Jan. 13, 2020

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Set/Reset Hearings

Jan. 17, 2020

Jan. 17, 2020

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Set/Reset Hearings: Status Conference set for 1/30/2020 at 10:00 AM in Courtroom 16 before Judge Reggie B. Walton. Associated Cases: 1:19-cv-01278-RBW, 1:19-cv-01626-RBW(hs)

Jan. 17, 2020

Jan. 17, 2020

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54

Joint MOTION to Enforce Orders of November 28, 2019 and December 16, 2019 by BUZZFEED INC., CABLE NEWS NETWORK, INC., JASON LEOPOLD (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A)(Tobin, Charles) (Entered: 01/22/2020)

Jan. 22, 2020

Jan. 22, 2020

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55

Joint STATUS REPORT Pursuant to Court's Order of January 13, 2020 by CABLE NEWS NETWORK, INC.. (Tobin, Charles) (Entered: 01/27/2020)

Jan. 27, 2020

Jan. 27, 2020

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56

TRANSCRIPT OF PROCEEDINGS before Judge Reggie B. Walton held on January 8, 2020; Page Numbers: 1 - 44. Court Reporter/Transcriber Cathryn Jones, Telephone number 202 354-3246, Transcripts may be ordered by submitting the Transcript Order FormFor the first 90 days after this filing date, the transcript may be viewed at the courthouse at a public terminal or purchased from the court reporter referenced above. After 90 days, the transcript may be accessed via PACER. Other transcript formats, (multi-page, condensed, CD or ASCII) may be purchased from the court reporter.NOTICE RE REDACTION OF TRANSCRIPTS: The parties have twenty-one days to file with the court and the court reporter any request to redact personal identifiers from this transcript. If no such requests are filed, the transcript will be made available to the public via PACER without redaction after 90 days. The policy, which includes the five personal identifiers specifically covered, is located on our website at www.dcd.uscourts.gov. Redaction Request due 2/18/2020. Redacted Transcript Deadline set for 2/28/2020. Release of Transcript Restriction set for 4/27/2020.(Jones, Cathryn) (Entered: 01/28/2020)

Jan. 28, 2020

Jan. 28, 2020

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RESPONSE TO ORDER OF THE COURT re 53 Order filed by DOJ DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A)(Enlow, Courtney) (Entered: 01/29/2020)

Jan. 29, 2020

Jan. 29, 2020

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57

RESPONSE re 54 Joint MOTION to Enforce Orders of November 28, 2019 and December 16, 2019 filed by DOJ DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A)(Enlow, Courtney) (Entered: 01/29/2020)

Jan. 29, 2020

Jan. 29, 2020

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Status Conference

Jan. 30, 2020

Jan. 30, 2020

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Minute Entry; for proceedings held before Judge Reggie B. Walton: Status Conference held on 1/30/2020. Written Order to issue via Chambers. (Court Reporter Cathryn Jones.) Associated Cases: 1:19-cv-01278-RBW, 1:19-cv-01626-RBW(hs)

Jan. 30, 2020

Jan. 30, 2020

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59

MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment by BUZZFEED INC., CABLE NEWS NETWORK, INC. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D, # 5 Exhibit E, # 6 Exhibit F, # 7 Exhibit G, # 8 Exhibit H, # 9 Exhibit I, # 10 Exhibit J, # 11 Exhibit K, # 12 Exhibit L, # 13 Exhibit M, # 14 Exhibit N, # 15 Exhibit O)(Tobin, Charles) (Entered: 02/03/2020)

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Feb. 3, 2020

Feb. 3, 2020

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60

ORDER. See attached Order for details. Signed by Judge Reggie B. Walton on February 5, 2020. (lcrbw1) (Entered: 02/05/2020)

Feb. 5, 2020

Feb. 5, 2020

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63

Partial MOTION for Summary Judgment by DOJ DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order, # 2 Index of Exhibits, # 3 Declaration of Bradley Weinsheimer and supporting exhibits, # 4 Weinsheimer declaration supporting exhibits, # 5 Weinsheimer declaration supporting exhibits, # 6 Weinsheimer declaration supporting exhibits, # 7 Weinsheimer declaration supporting exhibits, # 8 Declaration of Vanessa Brinkmann and Vaughn Index, # 9 Declaration of David Hardy and supporting exhibits)(Enlow, Courtney) (Entered: 02/24/2020)

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3 Declaration of Bradley Weinsheimer and supporting exhibits

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6 Weinsheimer declaration supporting exhibits

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8 Declaration of Vanessa Brinkmann and Vaughn Index

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9 Declaration of David Hardy and supporting exhibits

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Feb. 24, 2020

Feb. 24, 2020

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Memorandum in opposition to re 59 MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment filed by DOJ DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order, # 2 Index of Exhibits, # 3 Declaration Declaration of Bradley Weinsheimer and supporting exhibits, # 4 Weinsheimer declaration supporting exhibits, # 5 Weinsheimer declaration supporting exhibits, # 6 Weinsheimer declaration supporting exhibits, # 7 Weinsheimer declaration supporting exhibits, # 8 Declaration of Vanessa Brinkmann and Vaughn Index, # 9 Declaration of David Hardy and supporting exhibits)(Enlow, Courtney) (Entered: 02/24/2020)

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8 Declaration of Vanessa Brinkmann and Vaughn Index

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9 Declaration of David Hardy and supporting exhibits

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Feb. 24, 2020

Feb. 24, 2020

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61

Joint STATUS REPORT by DOJ DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Enlow, Courtney) (Entered: 02/24/2020)

Feb. 24, 2020

Feb. 24, 2020

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.Order

Feb. 25, 2020

Feb. 25, 2020

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Set/Reset Hearings

Feb. 25, 2020

Feb. 25, 2020

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Set/Reset Deadlines

Feb. 25, 2020

Feb. 25, 2020

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Joint status report due on or before March 10, 2020. Status Conference set for 3/13/2020 at 11:00 AM in Courtroom 16 before Judge Reggie B. Walton. (ztl)

Feb. 25, 2020

Feb. 25, 2020

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MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of the 61 Joint Status Report, and for good cause shown, it is hereby ORDERED that Jason Leopold and Buzzfeed, Inc. (collectively, the "Leopold plaintiffs") and the United States Department of Justice (the "Department") shall submit a joint status report on or before March 10, 2020, regarding how they wish to proceed with respect to the Leopold plaintiffs' request for all documents and records collected, maintained and stored by the Office of Special Counsel Mueller since May 17, 2017, during the Office's investigation. It is further ORDERED that the Leopold plaintiffs and the Department shall appear before the Court for a status conference on March 13, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. to discuss the Department's pending motion for partial judgment on the pleadings. Signed by Judge Reggie B. Walton on February 25, 2020. (lcrbw1)

Feb. 25, 2020

Feb. 25, 2020

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Memorandum in opposition to re 63 Partial MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by BUZZFEED INC., CABLE NEWS NETWORK, INC., JASON LEOPOLD. (See Docket Entry 64 to view document) (ztth) (Entered: 03/09/2020)

March 6, 2020

March 6, 2020

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Case Details

State / Territory: District of Columbia

Case Type(s):

National Security

Key Dates

Filing Date: May 2, 2019

Case Ongoing: Yes

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

A reporter at Buzzfeed News and Buzzfeed News

Plaintiff Type(s):

Closely-held (for profit) corporation

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

Loevy & Loevy

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

U.S. Department of Justice, Federal

Federal Bureau of Investigation, Federal

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Non-settlement Outcome

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Document/information produced

Source of Relief:

Litigation

Order Duration: 2019 - None

Issues

General:

Confidentiality

Record-keeping

Records Disclosure

Terrorism/Post 9-11 issues