Judicial Watch: Court Orders FBI to Disclose Details on Officials Who Opened Illicit Spy Operation on Donald Trump

Judicial Watch: Court Orders FBI to Disclose Details on Officials Who Opened Illicit Spy Operation on Donald Trump

In December 2020 Bill Barr’s Department of Justice refused to release the Obamagate text messages between Lisa Page, Peter Strzok and Andrew McCabe. This was under Trump Attorney General Bill Barr.

Right now, Barr DOJ protecting Hillary Clinton directly and trying to shutdown all @JudicialWatch Clinton email discovery and suits, holding up release of Obamagate emails/texts of Page/Strzok/McCabe. Outrageous. @RealDonaldTrump should issue an emergency transparency order.

— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) December 1, 2020

Bill Barr was protecting Hillary Clinton for some reason.

“Barr DOJ is protecting Hillary Clinton directly by trying to shut down all Judicial Watch Clinton email discovery/FOIA lawsuits, while withholding release of Obamagate-era email/texts of Page/Strzok/McCabe anti-@realDonaldTrump cabal,” @TomFitton. Read: https://t.co/ZXrfUGPPdu pic.twitter.com/bZtdQpx3kj

— Judicial Watch (@JudicialWatch) December 16, 2020

Last week Judicial Watch announced a federal court ordered the FBI to disclose additional details about FBI and other officials “cc-ed” on the memo used to justify launching the “Crossfire Hurricane” spy operation.

Via Judicial Watch.

Judicial Watch announced today that a federal court has ordered the FBI to disclose additional details about FBI and other officials “cc-ed” on the memo used to justify launching the “Crossfire Hurricane” spy operation against President Trump and his 2016 presidential campaign.  Judge Carl J. Nichols has given the FBI until June 16, 2022 to respond.  The order comes in a September 2019 FOIA lawsuit Judicial Watch filed after the FBI failed to respond to a request for the memo, known as an “Electronic Communication” or “EC.”  (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:19-cv-02743)).

In May 2020, Judicial Watch obtained a redacted version of the previously secret memo, authored by former FBI agent Peter Strzok.  The Biden Justice Department argued that there is no significant public interest in disclosing the names of officials “cc-ed” on the memo.

Judicial Watch filed a motion countering that claim and arguing that the public had a significant interest in knowing who at the FBI had knowledge of the memo and presumably approved the investigation.

The court held a hearing on the dispute in September 2021, and on May 2, 2022 issued a minute order requiring the FBI to file a supplemental memorandum of up to 5 pages, supported by affidavit or declaration, explaining the positions and seniority held by any persons whose names are redacted from the “CC:” section of the document.

“The Biden administration is still covering up who was involved in the Obama administration’s unprecedented and illicit spying on Donald J. Trump,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “This court decision is another step forward in accountability for the worst government corruption scandal in American history.”

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