Concerns over government transparency have surged after the FBI denied a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by Just the News. The request sought details concerning the investigation into GBI Strategies and allegations of voter registration fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
Initial investigations were launched by Michigan city and state authorities focusing on GBI Strategies’ activities. However, the FBI swiftly took over the investigation, maintaining contact with local law enforcement through 2022.
In their bid to reveal more about this investigation, Just the News submitted a FOIA request. They aimed to obtain “all reports, documents, and records about GBI Strategies,” especially communications with Michigan officials and law enforcement agencies.
Last week, the FBI declined the request, citing the ongoing nature of the investigation. Their response to Just the News claimed that releasing this information could interfere with ongoing enforcement proceedings.
In the meantime, the Michigan attorney general’s office has acknowledged a state investigation into possible fraudulent voter registrations, which was eventually passed on to the FBI. Danny Wimmer, press secretary for the state attorney general, disclosed that approximately 8,000 to 10,000 voter registration forms were presented to the Muskegon clerk before the 2020 election. Some of these were suspected to be fraudulent.
Wimmer stressed, however, that the fraudulent material did not affect any part of the electoral process, stating, “This attempted fraud was detected because the system worked.”
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