Federal trial judges in Washington, D.C., are ordering government agencies to quickly hand over documents tied to the House’s impeachment inquiry, giving the public—and lawmakers—access to information they likely wouldn’t have been able to get otherwise.

The impeachment inquiry has resulted in a flood of FOIA litigation in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. An analysis of court records shows that at least 18 FOIA lawsuits have been filed in that court tied to the Ukraine probe after the impeachment inquiry was officially announced in late September.

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