FOIA on Trump’s NSA Interference


On April 21 and May 22, 2017, Protect Democracy sent FOIA requests to the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) seeking documents related to Russian interference with the 2016 election, as well as communication with the White House and Congress about the investigation into Russian interference.

According to public reports, President Trump tried to pressure the director of the NSA to push back on the FBI investigation into Russia’s meddling in our election, and Trump’s request was documented in a contemporaneous memo. We are seeking that memo and other documents related to improper White House interference in an ongoing law enforcement investigation.

Protect Democracy has sued to get these documents, and the case is currently on appeal to the D.C. Circuit as The Protect Democracy Project v. National Security Agency, et al. (D.C. Cir. May 12, 2020).

Requests & Responses

National Security Agency (NSA):

Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI):

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