(Washington Examiner)—Department of Justice officials delayed nearly six months before telling a conservative non-profit that no records exists that were responsive to the group’s April Freedom of Information Act request for documents supporting Attorney General Eric Holder’s claim of public demand for legal actions against voter ID laws.
During a December 2011 speech at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, Holder defended DOJ’s filing suit against state voter ID laws in Texas and South Carolina, saying he had received “a consistent drumbeat of concern from many Americans, who – often for the first time in their lives – now have reason to believe that we are failing to live up to one of our nation’s most noble, and essential, ideals [protecting voting rights].”
The April 2012 FOIA request was filed by the National Center for Public Policy Research and sought “any and all records, emails, transcripts, materials, or other internal or external documents created by or received by the Department of Justice.” The request also sought copies of all communications between Holder and outside groups or individuals concerning the 2011 speech.
The department’s Nov. 9, 2012, response said “no records responsive to your request were found.”
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