In what amounts to little more than a witch hunt, BuzzFeed is suing the FBI for not fully complying with a Freedom of Information Act request for “all records related to Andrew Breitbart.”
As if the bureau had reason to be surveilling the beloved conservative media figure — then again, this would have been under former Attorney General Eric Holder’s reign.
The request was submitted several months after Breitbart died in 2012, according to The Wrap.
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According to the suit, the FBI responded to the request on Sept. 4, but said that the bureau only searched it “main file records,” claiming that no records were located.
That was an inadequate effort, as far as the suit is contained.
The complaint says that Leopold appealed the FBI’s response but was denied by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Information in 2013.
At dispute is what information a requester must provide to warrant a cross-reference search, as opposed to casting a wide net in hopes of catching something.
“As FBI and OIP are certainly aware, Andrew Breitbart was a well-known public figure and is easily identifiable by the FBI in conducting a cross-reference search,” reads the complaint, according to The Wrap. “As the FBI and OIP are also aware, cross-reference searches frequently turn up records not located in main file searches.”
Any dirt dug up on Breitbart has the potential to embarrass President Donald Trump, given that White House chief strategist Steve Bannon took the reins at Breitbart News after Breibart’s untimely death.
Adding to the palace intrigue, just before Breitbart died of congestive heart failure at the young age of 43, he was planning to release “damning videos” of President Barack Obama.
And the reaction on social media proved that conspiracy theories continue to swirl around his death:
BuzzFeed has always been so obsessed with destroying Andrew Breitbart. https://t.co/8mNnqq9jWB
— Ali (@ali) April 9, 2017
— Byron York (@ByronYork) April 8, 2017
— Lolita Dickinson (@LolitaDickinson) April 8, 2017
— Arlington Guy (@Paleoturkey) April 8, 2017
— Mary S W (@mswaller48) April 8, 2017
Breitbart was taken out. A point made clear to Bannon accelerating his sayonara. https://t.co/mDNKoPUhym
— Lionel (@LionelMedia) April 8, 2017
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