August 10, 2022

Today, the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) submitted more than 20 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) following the unprecedented raid by the FBI on former President Trump’s home at Mar-a-Lago. To drive transparency for the American people, AFPI is requesting all emails between the FBI and relevant DOJ components, and between members of the January 6th committee and their senior staff. It is also requesting all emails from reporters for the Washington Post, New York Times, and ABC News who appear to have received leaked information from the FBI about this raid, attorney Mark Elias, and the law firm of Perkins Coie. 

Monday night, I joined millions of Americans in shock and outrage when the news broke that the FBI raided former President Trump’s personal home at Mar-a-Lago.

Unfortunately, Americans have reason to be worried because this raid is part of a larger pattern: the Obama Administration spied on then-candidate Donald J. Trump using fraudulent warrants when he was a candidate in 2016; the FBI hamstrung the first three years of the Trump Administration with intrusive investigations based on the thoroughly debunked Russian collusion hoax; and now, the Biden Administration has weaponized federal law enforcement agencies against a former U.S. President.

This is not how politics in a constitutional republic is supposed to work.

For these reasons, the America First Policy Institute is acting immediately to file FOIA requests with the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to demand they provide their emails with Congress, external attorneys, and the dishonest corporate media.

It is clear to everyone now that our intelligence agencies and federal law enforcement have strayed from their intended purpose. Transparency in finding out who authorized what, and for what reasons, is the first step in restoring trust and a representative government that puts the American people first.”- Brooke Rollins, President and CEO of AFPI

AFPI will release further information as its FOIA requests are processed.