Judicial Watch Sues DOJ For FBI Records on ‘Trump Dossier’ (VIDEO)
Washington D.C. – Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a FOIA lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice for records of communications and payments between the FBI and former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele and his private firm, Orbis Business Intelligence (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:17-cv-00916)).
Via Judicial Watch:
This is the fifth Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit (see here, here, here, here) related to the surveillance, unmasking, and illegal leaking targeting President Trump and his associates.
The suit was filed after the Department of Justice failed to respond to a March 8, 2017, FOIA request seeking:
- 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.
- All records related to the proposed, planned, or actual payment of any funds to Mr. Steele and/or Orbis Business Intelligence.
- 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 Trump dossier was purported to contain “embarrassing material” which could be used to blackmail Trump. BuzzFeed published the 35-page document following a January 10, 2017, report by CNN stating President Obama was presented classified documents alleging Russian Intelligence had “compromising personal and financial information” about Trump.
President of Judicial Watch, Tom Fitton had this to say about this dossier:
“The so-called Trump dossier is at the center anti-Trump Russian collusion conspiracy theory. 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.”
FBI Director James Comey actually used this debunked dossier to obtain a FISA warrant. We are only seeing the tip of the iceberg of the 8 year crime spree also known as the Obama administration. Obama admin criminals were banking on a Hillary Clinton victory which meant their criminality would be covered up. Trump is exposing the cockroaches which is why they are waging war on him.
— Judicial Watch 🔎 (@JudicialWatch) May 16, 2017