The Department of Health and Human Services delivered 311 pages of heavily redacted emails Dr. Anthony Fauci and the World Health Organization and other documents regarding COVID-19 to Judicial Watch and the Daily Caller News Foundation, according to a press release Tuesday.
The redacted documents included personal edits from Fauci on COVID-related funding measures, which were redacted under a trade secrets exemption, Judicial Watch said in the press release.
“The American people have every right to know key information on our government’s role in Covid,” DCNF President Neil Patel said in the statement Tuesday. “This sort of hiding, dodging and stonewalling is one reason why trust in national authorities is near all-time lows.”
FOIA Exemption 4 allows the government from disclosing details relating to trade secrets, commercial or financial information that is “privileged and confidential,” said HHS Freedom of Information Act Officer Gorka Garcia-Malene told Judicial Watch in a letter accompanying the records.
HHS is also allowed under FOIA Exemption 5 to withhold internal records that are “predecisional and contain staff advice, opinion, and recommendations,” said Garcia-Malene. (Read more from “Hundreds of Fauci Emails With WHO Officials Heavily Redacted in Records Release” HERE)
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