Judicial Watch Sues Justice Department to Retrieve Emails Found on Weiner Laptop
Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department Tuesday after the FBI ignored two previous FOIA requests for all emails found on Anthony Weiner’s laptop.
Via Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch announced today that it has sued the U.S. Department of Justice under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for all emails the FBI found on the laptop of disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner.
Judicial Watch filed the suit after the Justice Department did not act on two FOIA requests (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No.1:18-cv-02105)).
In October 2016 The Washington Post reported that the FBI obtained a warrant to search the emails found on a computer used by Weiner that may contain evidence relevant to the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
In light of that report, on December 12, 2016, Judicial Watch submitted a FOIA request to the FBI, seeking all emails seized pursuant to the search warrant. The FBI denied the request and Judicial Watch appealed. The FBI has not acted on the appeal. Judicial Watch then filed a second FOIA request on September 29, 2017, to which the FBI has not responded. Judicial Watch is seeking:
- All records regarding the search of a laptop owned or formerly owned by former Congressman Anthony Weiner.
- All records retrieved from a laptop owned or formerly owned by former Congressman Anthony Weiner.
- All records of communications, emails, text messages and instant chats, sent to or from FBI officials relating to Hillary Clinton’s knowledge or possible knowledge of illicit activities involving former Congressman Anthony Weiner.
In a separate lawsuit, Judicial Watch discovered 18 classified Hillary Clinton emails on Weiner’s laptop, including the identity of a CIA agent.
According to investigative reporter, Paul Sperry, the FBI only read 3,000 out of nearly 700,000 emails found on Anthony Weiner’s laptop, contradicting Comey’s statement under oath that the bureau magically read all the emails “thanks to the wizardry of our technology.”
To further add to the FBI corruption, fired Special Agent Peter Strzok hand picked the 3,000 emails from the trove found on Weiner’s laptop.
President of Judicial Watch Tom Fitton said Tuesday evening in an urgent Twitter video that it looks like Comey and Strzok may have taken steps to cover up the Clinton-Weiner scandal.
Breaking news about a new @JudicialWatch lawsuit for ALL the Clinton emails on the laptop of Anthony Weiner– the disgraced former congressman from New York. It looks like Comey & Strzok may have taken steps to cover up the Clinton-Weiner scandal. https://t.co/jTNfpYoHBp pic.twitter.com/V0aK6AW8mO
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) September 12, 2018