CNN sues FBI to force release of Mueller investigation documents

CNN has sued the FBI under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to produce documents relating to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump Schiff says Intel panel will hold 'series' of hearings on Mueller report MORE’s investigation into Russia interference in the 2016 election, the network announced.

The documents in question, called 302 memos, record the answers Mueller and his team received from about 500 witnesses during the two-year probe. This includes what figures such as ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn, President TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE’s former personal lawyer Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenHouse Intelligence Committee to subpoena Trump associate Felix Sater Hicks repeatedly blocked by White House from answering Judiciary questions The Hill's Morning Report - Trump and House Democrats resume battle MORE and Trump's former deputy campaign chairman Richard Gates told investigators.


CNN filed the case in a district court in Washington, D.C., to be handled by Judge Royce Lamberth after the FBI failed to fulfill a March FOIA request for “FBI memoranda from any and all” of the witness interviews. It follows similar lawsuits from BuzzFeed News, which is also seeking the 302s, and the Electronic Privacy Information Center, which is seeking a broader trove of documents relating to the probe. The Washington Post, meanwhile, has asked a court to remove redactions in the memo concerning a January 2017 interview between Flynn and the FBI, which he later pleaded guilty to lying during.

Only a few of the special counsel’s memos have been made public so far, in connection with criminal charges against Flynn.

The memos are also at issue in a subpoena from the House Judiciary Committee to Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck Supreme Court set to deliver ruling on census citizenship question Trump: 'I think I win the election easier' if Democrats launch impeachment proceedings MORE. The House panel has requested the complete, unredacted Mueller report and all underlying evidence, as well as memos from 33 interviews Mueller conducted with witnesses such as former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump: Appointing Sessions was my biggest mistake Nikki Haley blasts Roy Moore's Senate bid: 'He does not represent our Republican Party' Time magazine: Trump threatened reporter with prison time MORE and Trump’s son-in-law Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck Dershowitz: With 'Mideast Marshall plan,' Abbas can help — or hurt — Palestinians Palestinian leaders reject Kushner's economic plan for region MORE.

When Barr failed to turn over the documentation, with the White House asserting executive privilege in the matter, the committee voted to hold Barr in contempt. The contempt vote will come before the full House June 11.