- All James Comey’s notes are property of the United States government and that he has absconded with them
- President of Judicial Watch, Tom Fitton: “How is it the FBI allowed Mr. Comey to walk out the door with sensitive documents about President Trump? It is remarkable that we have to sue the FBI in federal court to get these answers about this scandal.”
Washington D.C. – Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch announced Friday that it filed a FOIA lawsuit against the Department of Justice for all non-disclosure agreements pertaining to the handling, storage, protection, dissemination, and/or return of classified information that were signed by or on behalf of former FBI Director James Comey (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:17-cv-01624)).
Via Judicial Watch:
The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia after the Justice Department failed to respond to a June 13, 2017, FOIA request seeking “any and all non-disclosure agreements pertaining in full or in part to the handling, storage, protection, dissemination, and/or return of classified and/or sensitive information that were signed by or on behalf of former FBI Director James Comey.” Such records would include:
- All SF-312 (Classified Information Nondisclosure Agreement) forms
- All FD-857 (Sensitive Information Nondisclosure Agreement) forms
- All FD-597 (Receipt for Property Received/Returned/Released or Seized) forms
- All FD-291 (FBI Employment Agreement) forms
- All Case Briefing Acknowledgement forms
Chris Farrell of Judicial Watch argued that Comey’s notes are property of the U.S. government and that his house and office should have been raided after his stunning admission that he leaked contents of his memo to the media:
“This admission today is stunning. I would argue that Mr. Comey’s notes are property of the United States government and that he has absconded with them. Frankly if I were Attorney General, about 20 minutes after his confession today in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Deputy U.S. Marshals would have raided his home and office. As well as Mr. Richman at Columbia Law School.
Those records and documents must be recovered. Mr. Comey had no business releasing them. It’s an extraordinary admission on his part. It’s lawless. We wonder why we have leakers in the government when the FBI Director is playing these little games for political points or because his tender ego is bruised. This is outrageous.
He took an oath to the Constitution and he’s betrayed it in no uncertain terms.”
BENGHAZI IS BACK! JUDGE ORDERS STATE DEPT. TO CHECK NEVER BEEN SEARCHED GOVT. EMAILS OF HILLARY CLINTON’S AIDES
- D.C. District Court Judge Amit Mehta ordered State Dept. to search government email accounts of Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills and Jake Sullivan, Clinton’s top aides at the State Department, in response to a lawsuit filed by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch.
- “[State] has not, however, searched the one records system over which it has always had control and that is almost certain to contain some responsive records: the state.gov email server.”
From Daily Caller:
The search for State Department emails regarding the Sept. 11, 2012 Benghazi attacks received a boost this week when a federal judge ordered the agency to search the government email accounts of several Hillary Clinton aides.
Washington D.C. District Court Judge Amit Mehta, an Obama appointee, ordered State to search the accounts of Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills and Jake Sullivan, Clinton’s top aides at the State Department, in response to a lawsuit filed by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch.
Mehta said that the State Department did not do enough to search for all emails it has on its computer systems regarding the Benghazi attacks, which left four Americans dead.
The State Department reviewed the 30,000-plus emails that Clinton returned to the agency in Dec. 2014. It has also searched emails that Abedin, Mills and Sullivan sent and received on personal accounts.
“Secretary Clinton used a private email server, located in her home, to transmit and receive work-related communications during her tenure as Secretary of State,” Mehta said
“[State] has not, however, searched the one records system over which it has always had control and that is almost certain to contain some responsive records: the state.gov email server.”
Mehta said that the State Department “has offered no assurance” that the records it has received so far from Clinton and the trio of aides “constitute the entirely of Secretary Clinton’s emails during the time period relevant to Plaintiff’s FOIA request.”
Judicial Watch, which has pursued several lawsuits related to Clinton emails despite her election loss, celebrated Mehta’s order.
Judicial Watch announced Monday that former IRS director Louis Lerner’s emails and records subject to FOIA requests and congressional inquiries after targeting Tea Party groups are missing.
Via Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch’s litigation forced the IRS first to say that emails belonging to Lois Lerner, former director of the Exempt Organizations Unit of the IRS, were supposedly missing and later declare to the court that the emails were on IRS back-up systems. Lerner was one of the top officials responsible for the IRS’ targeting of President Obama’s political opponents. Judicial Watch exposed various IRS’ record keeping problems:
- In June 2014, the IRS claimed to have “lost” responsive emails belonging to Lerner and other IRS officials.
- In July 2014 Judge Emmett Sullivan ordered the IRS to submit to the court a written declaration under oath about what happened to Lerner’s “lost” emails. The sworn declarations proved to be less than forthcoming.
- In August 2014, Department of Justice attorneys for the IRS finally admitted Judicial Watch that Lerner’s emails, indeed all government computer records, are backed up by the federal government in case of a government-wide catastrophe. The IRS’ attorneys also disclosed that Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) was looking at several of these backup tapes.
- In November 2014, the IRS told the court it had failed to search any of the IRS standard computer systems for the “missing” emails of Lerner and other IRS officials.
Tom Fitton, Judicial watch president, response to ‘lost’ report, s:
This new report is shocking but not surprising. We have long battled the IRS in court over its obstruction in responding to FOIA requests about Obama era IRS abuses. It is a scandal that the Obama IRS did not tell Judicial Watch, the courts, or Congress about the loss of government records. Our attorneys will review this report to assess whether we should seek relief and accountability from the courts. In the meantime, President Trump should finally fire IRS Commissioner John Koskinen and direct the Justice Department to reopen its criminal inquiry into the Obama IRS abuses and cover-ups.
Conveniently, documents from the Obama administration have been transferred to the Barack Obama Presidential Library and won’t be available to the public for the next five years.
Via Judicial Watch:
The NSC will not fulfill an April 4 Judicial Watch request for records regarding information relating to people “who were identified pursuant to intelligence collection activities.”
The agency also informed Judicial Watch that it would not turn over communications with any Intelligence Community member or agency concerning the alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election; the hacking of DNC computers; or the suspected communications between Russia and Trump campaign/transition officials. Specifically, the NSC told Judicial Watch:
Documents from the Obama administration have been transferred to the Barack Obama Presidential Library. You may send your request to the Obama Library. However, you should be aware that under the Presidential Records Act, Presidential records remain closed to the public for five years after an administration has left office.
President of Judicial Watch, Tom Fitton had this to say about the breaking news, “Prosecutors, Congress, and the public will want to know when the National Security Council shipped off the records about potential intelligence abuses by the Susan Rice and others in the Obama White House to the memory hole of the Obama Presidential Library. We are considering our legal options but we hope that the Special Counsel and Congress also consider their options and get these records.”
Read the full report by Judicial Watch here.
- Many were surprised when Seth Rich died about two hours later at the hospital from blood loss.
- Seth Rich was reportedly very talkative with police and paramedics
- An anonymous federal investigator told Fox News an FBI review of Rich’s computer found he had transferred over 40,000 internal DNC emails to Wikileaks last May
- Seth Rich family calling on the Washington, D.C. police department to go public with details of the murder investigation
Tom Fitton said that Judicial Watch has filed Freedom of Information Act requests to the D.C. Police Department and D.C. Mayor for documents pertaining to the Seth Rich murder investigation.
Tom Fitton: “We (Judicial Watch) have filed Freedom of Information requests to the D.C. Police Department and the D.C. Mayor’s office last week. We have an FBI request pending from last year and of course separately we are asking questions of the Federal Freedom of Information Act about the DNC hack itself.”
The Daily Mail has exclusive story also about Seth Rich family calling on the Washington D.C. police department to go public with details of the murder investigation :
The family of slain DNC staffer Seth Rich is calling on the Washington, D.C. police department to go public with details of the murder investigation, after ten months of near-silence from law enforcement officials and as theories continue to spread about the mysterious circumstances of Rich’s shooting death last July.
…An anonymous federal investigator told Fox News on Tuesday that an FBI review of Rich’s computer found he had transferred over 40,000 internal DNC emails to Wikileaks last May, which were later published by the whistle blower website.
…He was on the phone with his girlfriend, Kelsey Mulka, 25, in the minutes before his shooting at 4:19 a.m. Police, responding to the sound of multiple gunshots, found Rich lying on a deserted street in a desolate area of Bloomingdale just a few blocks from his house. He had been shot twice in the back, but was still alive. Nothing appeared to be stolen from him and he still had his watch, wallet and cell phone.
Rich was reportedly very talkative with police and paramedics, and many were surprised when he died about two hours later at the hospital from blood loss.
JUDGE: RELEASE BENGAHZI EMAILS, PHONE RECORDS BETWEEN BARACK OBAMA AND HILLARY CLINTON RELATED TO THE TERROR ATTACK
Washington D.C. – Watchdog group, Judicial Watch announced today that U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson has ordered the U.S. Department of State to turn over to Judicial Watch “eight identical paragraphs” of previously redacted material in two September 13, 2012, Hillary Clinton emails regarding phone calls made by President Barack Obama to Egyptian and Libyan leaders immediately following the terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi.
Via Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch today announced that U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson has ordered the U.S. Department of State to turn over to Judicial Watch “eight identical paragraphs” of previously redact material in two September 13, 2012, Hillary Clinton emails regarding phone calls made by President Barack Obama to Egyptian and Libyan leaders immediately following the terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi. Both emails had the subject line “Quick Summary of POTUS Calls to Presidents of Libya and Egypt” and were among the emails stored on Clinton’s unofficial email server. Judge Jackson reviewed the documents directly and rejected the government’s contention that the records had been properly withheld under the FOIA B(5) “deliberative process” exemption.
Judge Jackson ruled: “the two records, even if just barely predecisional, are not deliberative. [The State Department] has pointed to very little to support its characterization of these two records as deliberative, and the Court’s in camera review of the documents reveals that they do not fall within that category.”