National Archives Releases Kavanaugh Emails on Surveillance Programs Identified in EPIC Suit

Source: Electronic Privacy Information Center, January 7, 2019

EPIC v. NARA Case No. 18-2150

Seeking disclosure of records concerning Brett M. Kavanaugh’s work at the White House between January 2001 and May 2006 related to surveillance programs.

The National Archives has released thousands of emails Justice Kavanaugh sent between January 2001 and July 2003 while working in the White House Counsel’s office. The release includes hundreds of emails concerning controversial White House surveillance programs the Archives previously identified in response to EPIC’s lawsuit. In October, the National Archives revealed that Kavanaugh sent 11 e-mails to John Yoo, the architect of warrantless wiretapping; 227 e-mails about “surveillance” programs and the “Patriot Act;” and 119 e-mails concerning “CAPPS II” (passenger profiling), “Fusion Centers” (government surveillance centers), and the Privacy Act. Subsequent searches revealed thousands more emails sent to Kavanaugh about mass surveillance programs.