America First Legal Foundation and Richard Grenell v. Mayorkas, et al.

Case Number: 23-cv-03322, D.D.C.

Government Oversight
November 2023
Status: WON
Government Oversight

Problem:

The Department of Homeland Security formed the “Homeland Intelligence Experts Group” in violation of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). FACA requires that an advisory committee’s membership must be “fairly balanced in terms of the points of view represented and the functions to be performed by the advisory committee.” This group is a partisan, hand-selected committee that lacks diversity in viewpoints and any credibility to speak on national security matters. Not one member of this group served in the Trump Administration or has a record of advancing an America First viewpoint on national security. Members of the group are all political allies of the Biden Administration, have overwhelmingly donated to President Biden, and are Democrats.

Action:

On behalf of the former ambassador to Germany and the former Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grennell, and itself, AFL filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security and Secretary Mayorkas for violating FACA.

Result:

AFL WIN. Conceding defeat, the Biden Administration has agreed to disband the illegal “Homeland Intelligence Experts Group” and provide its records to AFL.

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