Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit against the FBI on Tuesday for records of communications and payments to dossier author Christopher Steele (pictured above).
Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit after the FBI failed to respond to a September 27, 2018, FOIA request (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:19-cv-00572)).
Judicial Watch is seeking:
1. All records of communications between any official, employee, or representative of the FBI and Mr. Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer and the owner of the private firm Orbis Business Intelligence.
2. All records related to the proposed, planned, or actual payment of any funds to Mr. Steele and/or Orbis Business Intelligence
3. All records produced in preparation for, during, or pursuant to any meetings or telephonic conversations between any official, employee, or representative of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Mr. Christopher Steele and/or any employee or representative of Orbis Business Intelligence
The time frame for Judicial Watch’s request is March 9, 2017 to September 27, 2018.
Former British spy Christopher Steele was paid by Hillary Clinton and the DNC [through law firm Perkins Coie and oppo research firm Fusion GPS] to compile a 35-page Russia dossier to smear Donald Trump.
The dossier, which still has not been verified was then used by Obama’s FBI and DOJ to obtain a FISA warrant and three subsequent renewals to spy on Trump campaign advisor Carter Page.
The FBI also paid Steele to be a “confidential human source” [CHS] prior to firing him as a source on November 1st, 2016 after he disclosed his relationship to the FBI to reporters.
Documents previously obtained by Judicial Watch revealed the FBI made a total of 11 payments to Christopher Steele, however, the docs were almost completely redacted.
Other heavily redacted documents recently obtained by Judicial Watch revealed that twice-demoted DOJ official Bruce Ohr acted as a backchannel for Steele to the FBI after the bureau terminated its relationship with Steele.
“How and why did the FBI pay Christopher Steele, who was already being funded by the Clinton campaign and DNC through Fusion GPS?” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “That we had to sue for this basic information shows the FBI may have something more to hide.”
How and why did the FBI pay Christopher Steele, who was already being funded by the Clinton campaign and DNC through Fusion GPS? That @JudicialWatch had to sue for this basic information shows the FBI may have something more to hide.
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Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit against the DOJ on Tuesday for communications between former FBI lawyer James Baker and Michael Sussmamm, a Perkins Coie law partner and former DOJ attorney.
Michael Sussmann represented the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign while Perkins Coie covertly paid for the fake Russia dossier that the FBI and DOJ used to obtain FISA warrants on Trump campaign advisor Carter Page to spy on Trump.
The lawsuit was filed after the FBI failed to respond to a FOIA request dated October 5, 2018 (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:19-cv-00573)).
Judicial Watch is seeking:
1. Any and all records of communication between former FBI General Counsel James Baker and former Department of Justice attorney and current Perkins Coie Partner Michael Sussman.
2. Any and all records created in preparation for, during, and/or pursuant to any meeting between Mr. Baker and Mr. Sussman.
3. Any and all calendars, agendas, or similar records, either in paper or electronic format, documenting the schedule and activities of Mr. Baker.
The time frame for Judicial Watch’s request is between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
Hillary Clinton and the DNC funneled money through Perkins Coie to pay oppo research firm Fusion GPS for the fake Russia dossier that was compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele.
Former FBI lawyer James Baker told Republican lawmakers in two October 2018 interviews that he met with Michael Sussmann in September of 2016, just weeks before the first FISA warrant on Carter Page was issued.
James Baker told lawmakers in October that Michael Sussmann gave him “documents and a thumb drive related to Russian interference in the election, hacking and possible Trump connections.”
Congressman Mark Meadows grilled James Baker during the October interview and asked him, ‘Is it normal for the FBI to meet with a presidential candidate’s lawyer?’
“This lawsuit aims to fully expose the scandalous collusion between the Obama FBI and the Clinton-DNC political operation to target Hillary Clinton’s political opponent, Donald J. Trump.” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The corrupted FBI owes Americans total transparency on this scandal.”
.@JudicialWatch lawsuit aims to fully expose scandalous collusion between Obama FBI and Clinton-DNC political operation to target Hillary Clinton’s political opponent, @RealDonaldTrump. The corrupted FBI owes Americans total transparency on this scandal.
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