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 being litigated as The Protect Democracy Project v. National Security Agency, et al., 1:17-cv-1000-CKK (D.D.C. May 24, 2017).

National Security Agency (NSA):

Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI):


April 21, 2017

Protect Democracy submits FOIA request to the NSA, ODNI, and DOJ.

May 24, 2017

Protect Democracy files complaint in FOIA lawsuit against the NSA, ODNI, and DOJ (Case No. 1:17-cv-1000-CKK).

August 7, 2017

Protect Democracy files amended complaint against the NSA, ODNI, and DOJ.

December 20, 2017

Documents produced by ODNI and NSA.

January 18, 2018

Documents produced by ODNI.

February 14, 2018

Documents produced by ODNI.

June 25, 2018

Protect Democracy files for Summary Judgment against the NSA.

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