‘The FBI became an arm of the Clinton campaign…’
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) For the past several years, the conservative public interest law firm Judicial Watch has doggedly spearheaded efforts to hold the Obama administration, the Department of Justice and the Clintons accountable in the absence of mainstream media interest.
The law firm’s latest lawsuit is yet another step in that direction.
Judicial Watch announced Monday that it is suing the DOJ for all FBI minutes between the bureau’s general counsel and the Perkins Coie law firm — the same firm whose senior law partner, Marc Elias, served as the Hillary Clinton campaign’s general counsel in 2016.
Perkins Coie was also paid by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee to hire the anti-Trump opposition research firm Fusion GPS, which then hired ex-British spy Christopher Steele who produced the notorious Steele “dossier” — essentially making the discredited document political propaganda bought and paid for by Clinton to be used against Trump by the FBI.
When questioned under oath by the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this year, former FBI director James Comey admitted that the dossier was “salacious and unverified,” although it was still used to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on the Trump campaign and presidential administration.
The apparent scandal is of epic proportions, and Judicial Watch intends to obtain the public records to prove it.
“The real collusion scandal is the hand-in-hand effort by the Clinton campaign and the Obama DOJ/FBI to spy upon and destroy Donald J. Trump,” said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch.
“The FBI,” said Fitton, “became an arm of the Clinton campaign. And our new lawsuit aims to get to the bottom of the massive scandal.”
The lawsuit cites a specific media report that FBI top lawyer James Baker met with Perkins Coie lawyers to discuss allegations between Donald Trump and Russia weeks before the 2016 election, and just before the FBI secured the controversial FISA spy warrant targeting Trump’s campaign.
According to the Washington Post, Elias, the Perkins Coie lawyer, retained Fusion GPS in April 2016 on behalf of the Clinton campaign and DNC.
“The Clinton campaign and DNC, through the law firm, continued to fund Fusion GPS’s research through the end of October 2016, days before Election Day,” the Post reported.
Fusion GPS then gave Steele’s dossier and other research documents back to Elias for the FBI meeting.
On Oct. 4, 2018, Fox News reported that Baker told congressional investigators that in late 2016, a Perkins Coie attorney “initiated contact with him and provided documents and computer storage devices on Russian hacking.” Those items helped secure a FISA warrant against Trump campaign aide Carter Page, which then enabled the secret collection of communications on those in contact with Page.
On Oct. 9, 2018, Judicial Watch filed a freedom of information act request to obtain records of that interaction, and others between FBI lead attorney Baker and Perkins Coie lawyers in 2016. But the FOIA was ignored.
The result was Monday’s lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and is aimed at forcing the DOJ to comply with the freedom of information act laws.
On Friday, Judicial Watch announced a separate lawsuit aimed at obtaining important records between the DOJ and FBI that purportedly show an intentional effort to squash a pay-to-play investigation involving the Clinton Foundation and the Hillary Clinton-led U.S. State Department.