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How Often Do the FBI and the Department of Justice Seek Search Warrants and Subpoenas?

TRAC: “From January through June of this year, federal prosecutors made 883 applications to federal judges to authorize search warrants and issue subpoenas or a summons, according to the most current government records. A long list of federal agencies were the requesters, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation topped the rolls with 309 requests, 35 percent of the total. Such requests have become a political issue during this period. Investigations headed by the Justice Department, including those from the FBI, accounted for three out of four (74 percent) of these 883 applications. But dozens of other investigative agencies were behind one or more of these court filings…Search Warrants/Subpoenas/Summonses Sought by Federal Bureau of Investigation, Justice Department and Other Agencies, January – June 2022 – These results are based on case-by-case internal records from each U.S. Attorney’s office. The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University obtained and analyzed the records after decades of litigation under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)…”

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