Conservative Watchdog Slaps DOJ With A Lawsuit

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( – Conservative nonprofit America First Legal (AFL) has filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department after it failed to put out the records relating to Matthew Colangelo that were requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Colangelo is one of the key figures in the hush money trial of former President Donald Trump in New York. 

On Monday AFL filed the lawsuit in which it is argued that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg had hired Matthew Colangelo in order to “jump-start” the probe into the former president. The hiring, which had occurred in December 2022, was based on the fact that Colangelo had in the past taken on Trump and his family business. 

In the suit, it is argued that Colangelo had served both in the New York Attorney General’s Office and the Justice Department, both of which had launched investigations into the former President. Colangelo had ended up departing from his post in Bragg’s office months before the indictment of Donald Trump. 

In a news release, AFL argued that it was unusual for the Department of Justice’s number three ranking official to leave his post in order to join the office of a district attorney. Still, this is what Colangelo had done at the time. 

On Tuesday during an interview with Fox News, AFL Executive Director Gene Hamilton argued that the request had first been filed in 2023 as they were seeking access to Colangelo’s records and calendars in order to gain more insight into his move between the two positions.

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