Judicial Watch, watchdog group, is relentless. If the government cannot be trusted to police itself, and it frequently demonstrates that it cannot, Judicial Watch fills in a remarkable part of what the government fails to do.
One of Judicial Watch’s favorite tools is the filing of lawsuits under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which can compel government agencies to respond promptly and thoroughly to demands for information that is not classified. It is amazing what the law firm has been able discover with this tool.
Judicial Watch has now filed a lawsuit to see the Trump dossier in order to see what information was collected and whether payments were made to British spy Christopher Steele.
“Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice for records of communications and payments between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele and his private firm, Orbis Business Intelligence.”
Judicial Watch is persistent, with this lawsuit being the fifth is has filed under FOIA “related to the surveillance, unmasking, and illegal leaking targeting President Trump and his associates.”
This dossier has been the source of controversy since it was first published by BuzzFeed in January. “CNN and many other news organizations refused to publish the dossier because they had not ‘independently corroborated the specific allegations,’ and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper reportedly said ‘we couldn’t corroborate the sourcing, particularly the second and third order sources.'”
This is all part of the furor over the allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian interests.
“‘The so-called Trump dossier is at the center anti-Trump Russian collusion conspiracy theory,’ said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. ‘It is disconcerting that the Obama FBI and Justice Department trafficked this document and evidently used it to justify unprecedented surveillance of the Trump team. Our new lawsuit seeks to expose the truth about this dossier. Maybe with new leadership at the FBI, we’ll finally get some answers.'”
It’s more than just disconcerting. If presidential campaigns can be spied on by incumbent presidents, then the integrity of the election process is called into question. And make no mistake, administrations have all sorts of ways of “leaking” highly sensitive information at just the right times for political purposes without getting caught.
While the efforts of Judicial Watch are incredibly valuable and to be commended, what would be nice is if they were to eventuate in Mr. Obama being placed under oath and questioned about what he ordered and what he knew. Then you would see certain people get very uncomfortable.
Source: Judicial Watch