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We’re suing the IRS for audits of Donald Trump’s tax returns

VICE News filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the IRS demanding Donald Trump's tax audits, and against the FBI for any investigations into some inflammatory Trump comments.


Hillary Clinton told the FBI she didn't think drone strike plans were classified

The FBI released on Friday files related to its investigation of Clinton's use of an unsecured email server to discuss classified information.


FBI probe of Clinton's emails prompted by espionage fears, secret letters say

Secret letters from the FBI to the US State Department released exclusively to VICE News reveal the probe into Hillary Clinton's emails was rooted in fears of potential espionage.


The US Supreme Court uses email after all — or at least two justices do

Although US Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan once suggested justices don't use email, documents obtained by VICE News show that's not entirely true.


Obama just made it much easier for the public to access government records

After nearly a decade of attempts to increase transparency, the FOIA Improvement Act will codify Obama's dictum that the government should be more open.


In a Victory for Government Transparency, Obama Is Set to Sign FOIA Reform Bill Into Law

Barack Obama, who vowed on his first day in office to "usher in a new era of open government," will sign into law long-awaited FOIA reform, the White House says.


A Promise Not to Torture Was Enough for US Detainee Transfers, Says Declassified Report

A Department of Defense report shows that before transferring detainees to other countries, the US required only non-binding assurances torture wouldn't be used.


The CIA Helped Produce an Episode of 'Top Chef'

Newly released details from a CIA watchdog report reveal that the agency "supported" the Bravo reality show, along with a book and several documentaries and movies.


It Took a FOIA Lawsuit to Uncover How the Obama Administration Killed FOIA Reform

The Obama administration bills itself as the "most transparent in history," but recently released documents show that behind the scenes, the administration has been fighting against government transparency.


FBI Files Pinpoint Date the Feds Learned 2 Americans Planned Attacks Against the US

US citizens and al Qaeda members Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan wanted to attack the US before they were killed by a 2011 CIA drone strike in Yemen.


While US Attorney General, Eric Holder Used Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Birth Name as His Official Email Address

In order to combat spam and avoid being inundated with correspondence from the public, Holder used the name Lew Alcindor for his Justice Department email address.


Emails Show That Even Military Commanders Have to 'Vent on Occasion' at Guantanamo

Military commanders reacted to an infamous detainee hunger strike and subsequent raid at Guantanamo with disdain and resentment, emails obtained by VICE News show.