By Benjamin Wittes as published on Lawfare, September 14
Last month, I sued the Justice Department in what I described as perhaps the friendliest lawsuit ever filed against it. Yesterday, I filed an equally friendly suit—this time against the FBI. The purpose is the same: to show conclusively that President Trump and his White House staff are lying about career federal law enforcement officers, their actions, and their attitudes. The first suit seeks to show, as I wrote last month, that the President is lying about Justice Department terrorism data:
In February, speaking before a joint session of Congress, President Trump declared that: “according to data provided by the Department of Justice, the vast majority of individuals convicted of terrorism and terrorism-related offenses since 9/11 came here from outside of our country.”
There's a lot of reason to believe this statement is a compound lie—both to believe that the vast majority of individuals convicted of terrorism-related crimes did not come here from elsewhere and to believe that the career men and women of the Department of Justice did not provide any data suggesting otherwi
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