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Judicial Watch Wants More Info on CODELs

Lawmakers, such as, from right, Sens. John McCain, Sheldon Whitehouse and Chris Coons, who here are discussing a trip to Syria, Afghanistan and Egypt in 2013, travel for a variety of reasons abroad. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Defense Department has a lawsuit on its hands over lawmakers jetting off together.  

The group Judicial Watch has filed a Freedom of Information lawsuit seeking records about official congressional delegation travel, also known as a CODELs. Air Force jets and personnel usually are the means of travel for CODELs and Judicial Watch is looking for records concerning travel costs. “Congress, under both Republicans and Democrats, has a long record of abusing taxpayers and the military with wasteful ‘official’ travel,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a press release.