Courthouse News Service


A nonpartisan campaign reform group wants a federal judge to compel the Justice Department to un-redact names from a chain of emails secured through a Freedom of Information Act request that it says shed light on the inner workings of President Trump’s now defunct voter fraud commission.


Shortly after the commission was formed, the Campaign Legal Center filed a Freedom of Information Act request for information about the commission and its formation. Months later, the center received a heavily redacted email thread including a statement by one participant expressing shock that Democrats had been invited to participate.


In a federal complaint filed Tuesday in Washington, D.C., the center asks the court to compel the Justice Department to remove the redacted names from email exchanges to expose what it sees as bias in the formation and activities of the commission. “[The email thread] revealed the true partisan intent of the commission to suppress the vote,” said Corey Goldstone, a spokesperson for the organization. “If Trump wanted this to be a serious commission that looked at election integrity he would have considered another strategy besides lying to the American public about millions of people voting illegally.”

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