FBI Refuses FOIA Request For Emails Sent From CNN Analyst and Former Comey Aide Josh Campbell Just Before Roger Stone Raid
The FBI on Tuesday rejected a FOIA request from The Federalist for emails sent to and from CNN the day of the pre-dawn raid of Roger Stone where CNN just so happened to be camping out.
“Please provide all e-mails sent to or received from any account with a ‘cnn.com’ domain from January 24, 2019 through January 25, 2019,” The Federalist wrote in its FOIA request.
CNN just so happened to be hanging around with a full camera crew at Roger Stone’s Fort Lauderdale, Florida home prior to the FBI arriving to conduct a pre-dawn raid of the Trump confidante’s home.
CNN was the only camera crew on the scene of the FBI raid on Roger Stone’s home — they claimed it was just a hunch and good instincts that led them to Stone’s home the morning of the raid.
“It’s reporter’s instinct,” Shortell said shortly after the raid, according to the Washington Examiner.
The FBI justified its refusal to provide documents requested by The Federalist by claiming the request was “overly broad.”
In a letter to The Federalist justifying its refusal to provide the request records, the FBI claimed that the request for emails to and from a specific domain sent or received on two specific dates was “overly broad,” did not provide “enough detail to enable personnel to locate” the records, and sought information in “vague and undefined terms.” The FBI further claimed that the underlying request itself, which specified both the date and the sender’s or recipient’s email domain, did not comply with federal regulations regarding requests for information made under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
In a separate FOIA request, The Federalist specifically asked for any and all FBI emails on the day of Stone’s raid sent to/from Josh Campbell.
Recall, Josh Campbell (pictured below) is James Comey’s former FBI-aide-turned-law-enforcement analyst for CNN.
The FBI also rejected the FOIA request on Josh Campbell’s emails — how convenient.
Using the same rationale, the FBI also rejected a separate FOIA request from The Federalist which specifically requested any and all FBI emails on the day of the Stone raid sent to or from Josh Campbell, a former FBI employee who worked under James Comey, former director of the FBI, and now works as a law enforcement analyst for CNN, as well as any and all emails from that day specifically mentioning Roger Stone.
The FBI did not explain how a request noting a specific date, specific character string, and specific sender or recipient did not satisfy federal regulations covering open records requests made pursuant FOIA.
The Gateway Pundit obtained exclusive documents in early February showing CNN was tipped off on the Roger Stone raid.
Documents obtained exclusively by The Gateway Pundit show a copy of the draft indictment without the PACER filing number or official stamps of the court, with metadata on the document identifying it as being authored by “AAW”, who was suspected to be then-lead Special Counsel prosecutor Andrew Weissmann.
Stone’s attorneys asked both the House and Senate Judiciary Committees to investigate these leaks and provide answers to the American people on how someone could have obtained sealed grand jury indictments.
As usual, the FBI is covering up their corruption and ongoing problem of unauthorized leaks to the media.
The FBI refused a FOIA request for any e-mails sent to/from CNN analyst (and former FBI staffer) Josh Campbell just before the Roger Stone raid.
The FBI claimed the request–a day's worth of e-mails to one person mentioning "Roger Stone"–was too vague. https://t.co/yN8VoQmKNM
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) April 2, 2019