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Judicial Watch Sues FBI for Records on Obtaining Financial Information on People in D.C. on Jan. 6


Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the FBI for alleged abuse of financial privacy of people in the D.C. area before and after the Capitol riot on January 6. 

The organization is seeking records of communication between the Justice Department and several financial organizations, Just the News reports. 

The FBI refused to confirm or deny these documents exist, and after the FBI’s lack of response to an open records request in February, the group filed the lawsuit Tuesday. 

“We want the details on what looks to be unprecedented abuse of the financial privacy of countless innocent Americans by big banks and the FBI,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said. “The FBI’s stonewalling and non-denial denial of our request speak volumes.” 

Judicial Watch requests all records of communication between the FBI and financial institutions including Bank of America, Citibank, Chase Manhattan Bank, Discover, and American Express, just to name a few. 

No time frame was given for the FBI and Justice Department to respond to the request.