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Verdict The Judicial Watch News Publication from Judicial Watch AUGUST 2018 VOLUME ISSUE News PublicationWWW.JUDICIALWATCH.ORG from Judicial Watch Sues Expose DOJ FISA Warrant Abuses And Stonewalling Congress seeks Justice Dept. Communications with Congress about FISA warrants against Trump presidential campaign staff Judicial Watch May 2018 filed Freedom Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department Justice for all records communications between both the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau Investigation with members the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee Intelligence regarding the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants against foreign policy advisor Carter Watch U.S. Department Justice (No. 1:18-cv-01088)). The suit was filed after both the Justice Department and the FBI, division the Justice Department, failed See INVESTIGATIONS page U.S. Department Justice, Washington, D.C. Fights State Department For Accounting Weiner Emails Message from the President Court Report State claims only 3,000 hundreds thousands Clinton emails were agency records Judicial Watch announced May that fighting the State Department for full production records responsive Freedom Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit for the Hillary Clinton emails found the FBI Anthony Weiner laptop. According then-FBI Director James Comey, Weiner laptop contained hundreds thousands emails former Secretary Clinton. Weiner ex-congressman and the incarcerated husband former Clinton top aide Huma Abedin. was convicted having sexually explicit communications with teenage girls. October 2016, FBI investigators from its New York field office discovered Abedin emails Weiner laptop, including data See EMAILS page FBI headquarters building, Washington, D.C. IMAGES Corruption Chronicles Former Congressman Anthony Weiner Government Uncovered the Media Cover Story Investigations From page respond separate February 2018 FOIA requests for: Any records communications between DOJ officials and Members the U.S. Senate Committee the Judiciary USSCJ and/ their staff members regarding USSCJ attempts acquire the applications and renewals for FISA warrants against Carter Page and any other members President Trump presidential campaign, well any records relating forming the basis those FISA warrant applications/renewals from June 2016 the present. Any records communications between DOJ officials and Members the House Permanent Select Committee Intelligence HPSCI and/or their staff members, regarding HPSCI attempts acquire the applications and renewals for FISA warrants against Carter Page and any other members President Trump presidential campaign, well any records relating forming the basis those FISA warrant appli- FBI headquarters building, Washington, D.C. The Verdict AUGUST 2018 The Deep State doesn want Congress, Judicial Watch the American people see the full extent its abuses targeting the Trump campaign and now President Trump. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton Judicial Watch conservative, non-partisan American educational foundation that promotes transparency, accountability and integrity government, politics and the law. Judicial Watch advocates high standards ethics and morality America public life and seeks ensure that public officials not abuse the powers entrusted them the American people. Judicial Watch Board Directors Chris Farrell, Tom Fitton, Paul Orfanedes Editor Carter Clews cations and renewals from June 2016 the present. Over the last year, the Justice Department and FBI have withheld stonewalled documents about the FISA court warrants targeting the Trump campaign, Spygate documents, the Clinton-DNC anti-Trump dossier, the genesis Obama Trump-Russia investigation, the Clinton email investigation and anti-Trump FBI text messages. Judicial Watch latest federal FOIA lawsuit aims uncover details the Justice Department/FBI obstruction and contempt for Congress Spygate, stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. The Deep State doesn want Congress, Judicial Watch the American people see the full extent its abuses targeting the Trump campaign and now President Trump. The lawsuit the latest more than two dozen active lawsuits Judicial Watch has filed relating the Justice Department cover-up the abuses and the stonewalling Congress related the year-long Mueller investigation into alleged Russian collusion the 2016 election. February 2018, Republicans the House Intelligence Committee released memo detailing government surveillance abuse during the 2016 campaign. This document points out that the minimally See INVESTIGATION page Editorial Assistant Janice Rurup Senior Writer Dr. Larry Hunter Circulation Director John Albertella Direct Response Marketing Manager Ariana Azizkeya Graphic Design Consultant Jeanne Minnix Production and Traffic Manager Tim Wathen Public Affairs Director Jill Farrell Member Services (888) 593-8442 Fax (202) 646-5199 Social Media www.JudicialWatch.org www.facebook.com/JudicialWatch www.twitter.com/JudicialWatch Send your comments and questions Editor, The Judicial Watch Verdict c/o firstname.lastname@example.org. Annual suggested donation $35. Requests should sent to: The Judicial Watch Verdict Judicial Watch 425 Third Street, SW, Suite 800 Washington, 20024 The Judicial Watch Verdict published monthly and distributed its members, supporters and interested parties Judicial Watch, Inc., 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated 1994 the District Columbia. Copyright 2018 Judicial Watch All rights reserved. Editorial content may duplicated with attribution and without permission. August 2018 Vol. Issue MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT Statement Justice Department Report Clinton Email Investigation JUDICIAL WATCH Tom Fitton released the following statement behalf Judicial Watch response the June Justice Department Inspector General (IG) report the Hillary Clinton email investigation, released June 14, 2018: The report has destroyed the credibility the Department Justice and the FBI. confirms what Judicial Watch has investigated and revealed for nearly two years. The Obama Justice Department/FBI investigation Clinton was rushed, half-baked, rigged and irredeemably compromised anti-Trump and pro-Clinton bias and actions. Judicial Watch uncovered the Clinton email scandal, outrageous see politicized FBI and Justice Department then obviously refuse uphold the rule law. The report details repeated Justice Department/FBI deference Hillary Clinton, her aides and their lawyers. Americans should examine the report and judge for themselves whether the over-thetop deference Hillary Clinton can explained anything other than political, especially from agencies that the same time were actively collaborating with the Clinton campaign Fusion GPS spy and target then-candidate Trump. The report details how least five top FBI agents and lawyers exchanged pro-Clinton and anti-Trump communications. U.S. Department Justice Inspector General Report Hillary Clinton email investigation The report has destroyed the credibility the Department Justice and the FBI. The shares the concerns Judicial Watch and millions Americans that this bias cast cloud over the credibility the Clinton email and Russia investigations. Judicial Watch has demonstrated through its independent investigations and lawsuits, there more than enough evidence that Clinton knowingly and intentionally mishandled classified information while using non-government email system conduct government business. Will the Sessions Justice Department now the right thing and conduct Clinton email investigation properly? Or, will let James Comey and Loretta Lynch have the last word Hillary Clinton evident email crimes? the meantime, Judicial Watch will continue its ongoing Freedom Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits and investigations into the Clinton email scandal and the related Obama administration cover-up. Judicial Watch has numerous lawsuits and document productions regarding the issues raised the IG, including the conduct Andrew McCabe, the Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting, the Strzok-Page communications, the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton, and Justice Department collusion with See MESSAGE page www.JudicialWatch.org Cover Story NEW HIGHER RATES Investigation From page Fight Corruption and Receive Income For Life With higher Charitable Gift Annuity Rates now effect, you can help fight corruption and receive more income for life than before through Charitable Gift Annuity with Judicial Watch. you are older and live qualifying state*, you could receive income for life through Charitable Gift Annuity with Judicial Watch. minimum irrevocable donation $5,000 required, which portion tax-deductible. 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February 15, Judge Collyer replied that the FBI and Department Justice possess most, not all, the responsive materials the Court might possess, and have previously made clear the Department, both formally and informally, that not object any decision the Executive Branch release any such FISA materials Congress. April 2018, The Hill reported that the Justice Department agreed allow additional access the House Intelligence Committee view four surveillance applications against Page, calling extraordinary accommodation. The public still has not been told what was contained those applications. May 2018, Judicial Watch sued the Justice Department for copies all transcripts hearings before the FISC regarding applications for renewals FISA warrants relating Page and/or former Trump National Security Advisor General Michael Flynn. February 2018, Judicial Watch sued the Department Justice for FBI documents regarding the FISA warrant application submitted and responses from the FISC related alleged collusion between Russia and Trump campaign associates (Judicial Watch U.S. Department Justice (No. 1:18-cv-00245)). January 2018, Judicial Watch Over the last year, the Justice Department and FBI have withheld stonewalled documents about the FISA court warrants targeting the Trump campaign. sued the Justice Department for text messages and other records FBI official Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page (Judicial Watch U.S. Department Justice (No. 1:18-cv00154)). Strzok reportedly oversaw the FBI interviews former National Security Advisor, General Michael Flynn; changed former FBI Director James Comey language about Hillary Clinton actions regarding her illicit email server from grossly negligent extremely careless played lead role the FBI interview Clinton; and suspected being responsible for using the unverified dossier obtain FISA warrant order spy President Trump campaign. May 2017, Judicial Watch sued the Justice Department for records communications and payments between the FBI and former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele and his private firm, Orbis Business Intelligence (Judicial Watch U.S. Department Justice (No. 1:17-cv-00916)). And April, Judicial Watch sued the Department Justice for records about top Justice Department official Bruce Ohr and his wife Nellie Ohr involvement the Trump dossier authored Christopher Steele (Judicial Watch U.S. Department Justice (No.1:18-cv-00490)) and (Judicial Watch U.S. Department Justice (No.1:18-cv-00491)). Message from the President Message From page the Clinton campaign. Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who was appointed President Obama, has been investigating allegations wrongdoing within the federal law-enforcement agencies since January 12, 2017. Horowitz opened separate investigation into James Comey April over classified information stemming from his memo leaks. Judicial Watch will continue its ongoing Freedom Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits and investigations into the Clinton email scandal and the related Obama administration cover-up. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein last May. Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who met with former President Bill Clinton just days before Hillary FBI interview, also was subject Horowitz report. Announcing Tom Fitton Weekly Update NOW, YOU CAN WATCH TOM FITTON WEEKLY UPDATE EVERY FRIDAY JUDICIAL WATCH OWN YOUTUBE CHANNEL JWTV! Incisive, exciting and informative, Weekly Update Live provides you with Tom unique insights into the week top news stories. must-watch video its best. (Simply type JWatch.us/ subscribe). The entire Inspector General report may accessed the Judicial Watch website: http://jwatch. us/618OIG SHUTTERSTOCK Horowitz previously released report stating that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was dishonest with investigators about how sensitive information from the agency ended The Wall Street Journal 2016, which was the basis for his termination and criminal referrals Deputy Before the end 2018, complete and update your will DID YOU KNOW THAT HALF ALL AMERICANS DIE WITHOUT WILL? AND WHEN THAT HAPPENS, DID YOU KNOW THAT YOUR STATE, NOT YOUR FAMILY, WILL DECIDE WHAT WITH YOUR ASSETS? Don let the government decide for you. Complete your will update now, and when you do, please consider including Judicial Watch beneficiary. assist you preparing your will, call for our free brochure, How Make Will that Works. Steve Andersen Director Development (888) 593-8442 email@example.com may simple including Judicial Watch line your list beneficiaries. www.JudicialWatch.org Cover Story Emails indicating the emails went through Clinton private non- state.gov email system. The court filing comes the May 2015 lawsuit Judicial Watch filed against the State Department (Judicial Watch, Inc. U.S. Department State (No. 1:15-cv-00684)). Judicial Watch sued after the State Department failed respond March 2015 FOIA request for: All emails official State Department business received sent former Deputy Chief Staff Huma Abedin from January 2009 through February 2013 using non- state.gov email address. April 15, 2018 interview with George Stephanopoulos, former FBI Director James Comey stated hundreds thousands Hillary Clinton-related emails were found Anthony Weiner laptop. fighting the effort the Department State close the case, Judicial Watch refers the State Department claim that only 3,000 those hundreds thousands emails are agency records and 147 total emails were unique agency records. Judicial Watch argues that the State Department has not released information the total number emails they reviewed, how they reviewed them, how many emails were personal and not agency records and how the agency would have made confirmed classified Clinton emails the Weiner laptop, which would have been enough get anyone else arrested. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton The Verdict AUGUST 2018 IMAGES From page Former Clinton Deputy Chief Staff Huma Abedin those determinations: Again, all know that the FBI provided unspecified number emails [the State Department], that [the State Department] reviewed the emails, and that [the State Department] identified 3,000 emails that contained evidence [the State Department activities. [The State Department] has not even attempted explain the discrepancy between the hundreds thousands emails identified ex-Director Comey and the mere 3,000 emails identified [the State Department]. this late point the Secretary Clinton email saga, [the State Department] should not get the benefit the doubt. This filing part Judicial Watch extensive and ongoing investigation into the Hillary Clinton email scandal. The investigation has produced numerous examples Clinton using her non- state.gov email system transmit classified information. Judicial Watch April 2014 pivotal revelation the Benghazi talking points originating the Obama White House was brought about the May 2014 formation the House Benghazi Committee. February 2015, the State Department admitted the court that needed make additional searches Benghazi-related material. March 2015, Clinton admitted using non-government email system while serving secretary state. September 2017, Judicial Watch made public 1,617 new pages documents from the State Department revealing numerous additional examples classified information being transmitted through Abedin unsecure, non- state.gov account, well many instances Clinton donors receiving special favors from the State Department. January 2018, Judicial Watch revealed that least classified emails total 798 documents produced the State Department from the FBI investigation into former Secretary State Hillary Clinton illicit email system were found Anthony Weiner laptop. Thirteen emails contained classified information and discussions about Saudi Arabia, The Hague, Egypt, South Africa, Zimbabwe, the identity CIA official, Malawi, the war Syria, Lebanon, Hamas and the PLO. January 19, 2018, Judicial Watch released pages new documents from the State Department containing emails former Secretary State Hillary Clinton sent and received over her unsecure, non- state.gov email system. These documents exposed that Clinton had detailed knowledge about the security issues with her non-State Department email system, contrary her statement that she really didn stop think about what kind email system there would be. After uncovering the Clinton email scandal, Judicial Watch now wants full accounting the Hillary Clinton emails found Anthony Weiner laptop, said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. confirmed classified Clinton emails the Weiner laptop, which would have been enough get anyone else arrested. Judicial Watch Court Report Judicial Watch May released new emails from the U.S. Department Justice showing that former FBI Director James Comey was advised FBI officials May 2017 consult with Special Counsel Robert Mueller prior testifying before any congressional committees regarding Russian meddling the 2016 presidential election and his firing FBI director. According numerous news reports, Comey met directly with Mueller previous his June 2017 testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Sources said that Comey opening statement and subsequent testimony were coordinated with Mueller. the hearing, Comey revealed that had intentionally leaked material from memo allegedly docw These documents show that James Comey, who was fired the president, nevertheless had easy, friendly access the FBI prepped his infamous anti-Trump testimony the Senate. This collusion led Comey attacking President Trump and misusing FBI records part vendetta against the president. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton IMAGES Emails: FBI Advised Comey Consult Mueller Office Prior June 2017 Testimony Former FBI Director James Comey umenting meeting with President Trump order help assure the appointment special counsel: asked friend mine share the content the memo with reporter. Didn myself, for variety reasons. But asked him to, because thought that might prompt the appointment special counsel. The Justice Department and FBI have stated that Comey leaks were unauthorized and compared the disclosures WikiLeaks. The documents obtained Judicial Watch are the first reveal that high-ranking FBI officials helped Comey coordinate his testimony with Mueller. Judicial Watch obtained the documents Freedom Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed against the Department Justice January 31, 2018 (Judicial Watch U.S. Department Justice (No. 1:18-cv-00220)). The lawsuit was filed after the the Department Justice failed respond August 14, 2017 FOIA request seeking: All records communications between the FBI and Comey prior and regarding Comey testimony before the Senate Select Committee Intelligence June 2017. All records communications between the FBI and Comey relating upcoming book authored Comey and published. All records, including but not limited forms completed Comey, relating the requirement for prepublication review See FBI page www.JudicialWatch.org Court Report FBI From page Director: the FBI any book authored Comey with the intent published otherwise publicly available. May 17, 2017, Comey received notices appear before the Senate Select Committee Intelligence (SSCI), the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee. email chain dated May and 19, 2017, with the subject line Future testimony, shows then-FBI Chief Staff James Rybicki, then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and Assistant Director Gregory Brower, Comey and others discussing Comey upcoming testimony. this chain, May 6:30 p.m., Comey wrote Rybicki confirm that had accepted the invitation testify before the SSCI but declined the invitations from the Senate Judiciary Committee and House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee. Comey also writes: Last, would you please tell OGC [Office the General Counsel] that would like able review any documents authored which copied that will produced SSCI connection with testimony and would like the opportunity for that review before testify? email from redacted sender, apparently Comey, Rybicki dated May 11:49 a.m. reads: Jim just got off call with Senators Burr and Warner. They would like have hearing next Wednesday which testify, first open session and then closed, necessary. asked them not announce until check with FBI/DOJ see you want discuss anything before they that. told them had asked for guidance any institutional The Verdict AUGUST 2018 response your emails below have consulted with executive management here, including the General Counsel, and recommend the following: That your counsel convey any acceptance declinations invitations testify directly the Committees; prerogatives and for the opportunity review any documents FBI has produced that relate me. told them would communicate with them the end the day either ask them hold announcing the Wednesday hearing ahead. Many thanks. Jim May 2:10 p.m., Rybicki writes back: Director: just met discuss the requests outlined the two emails below. Before responding the General Counsel has asked confirm that you have discussed with the attorneys representing you, and that you are comfortable discussing these issues with rather than communicating through your counsel. That your counsel consult with Special Counsel Mueller determine the timing any such testimony; and The Office General Counsel stands ready discuss with you consultation with the Department Justice and the Special Counsel, institutional privileges prerogatives that may presented any such testimony. These documents show that James Comey, who was fired the president, nevertheless had easy, friendly access the FBI prepped his infamous anti-Trump testimony the Senate, said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. This collusion led Comey attacking President Trump and misusing FBI records part vendetta against the president. May 3:02 p.m., redacted sender, likely Comey, responds Rybicki: Yes and yes. Also this chain, May 4:11 p.m., Rybicki writes McCabe, FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich, former FBI General Counsel James Baker, Brower, Elizabeth Beers and other redacted names: Please see DRAFT response Director Comey (below). will hold pending further direction Join over 4.5 million Facebook Friends liking www.facebook.com/judicialwatch Follow Twitter and Instagram Join 100,000 subscribers following JWTV YouTube Court Report ELECTION INTEGRITY SPECIAL REPORT Victory: Supreme Court Upholds Ohio Efforts Maintain Clean Voter Rolls This clear victory for the citizens Ohio and America who want clean and fair elections. Dirty voting rolls can mean dirty elections. Today Supreme Court decision should send signal other states take reasonable steps make sure that voters who died moved away longer remain their voter rolls. Leftists opposed election integrity suffered big defeat today. Frankly, this and their other assaults clean election measures suggest the organized left and their politician allies want able steal elections necessary. This also big institutional win for Judicial Watch, because means that our current settlement agreement with Ohio valid and enforceable. The Supreme Court upheld Ohio law providing that the State had send address confirmation notices all registered voters who had not voted the previous two years. This ruling has the effect also upholding 2014 settlement agreement between Judicial Watch and Ohio, which required Ohio use that same procedure part regular Supplemental Mailing designed identify whether registered Ohio voters had moved away one many steps intended fulfill Ohio obligations under the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) maintain the integrity SHUTTERSTOCK (Washington, D.C.) Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton hailed the June Supreme Court decision upholding efforts Ohio, which are part historic settlement with Judicial Watch, maintain accurate voting rolls. Fitton noted: Men turn ballots polling station California its voter list. Judicial Watch filed several amicus briefs supporting Ohio efforts every level the federal court system the case progressed from the trial court all the way the Supreme Court. The case was appeal from the United States Court Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, which held Ohio process was violation the National Voter Registration Act 1993 (NVRA) (Jon Husted, Ohio Secretary State Philip Randolph Institute, al. (No. 16-980)). Judicial Watch amicus brief argued that the Sixth Circuit ruling would adversely affect its settlement agreement with Ohio were allowed stand. Judicial Watch also pointed out that failing respond address-confirmation notice does not mean that registration removed from the voter rolls. merely triggers another waiting period, which can last four more years, during which the registrant still has the right vote. all, can take six years before registration cancelled under the process. Judicial Watch Attorney Robert Popper, the director the organization Election Integrity Project, joined with five other former attorneys the Civil Rights Division Attorneys the Justice Department file amici curiae brief the Husted case. Judicial Watch previously filed lawsuit under the NVRA against Indiana, which resulted the state taking several actions clean its voter rolls. The Judicial Watch lawsuits against Ohio and Indiana were the first private lawsuits under the NVRA. Judicial Watch currently suing Kentucky, California and Los Angeles over their failures remove ineligible voters required the NVRA and suing the State Maryland and Montgomery County over their failure release voting-related records. www.JudicialWatch.org Court Report Emails Show Podesta Group Work For Pro-Russia Ukrainian Political Party Judicial Watch released new documents from the U.S. Department State showing the Podesta Group working behalf the pro-Russia Ukrainian political group Party Regions. The new documents also show longtime Obama and Clinton counselor John Podesta lobbying behalf his brother firm, the Podesta Group. Judicial Watch obtained the documents Freedom Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the State Department filed November 20, 2017 (Judicial Watch U.S. Department State (No. 1:17-cv-02489)). The lawsuit was filed after the State Department failed respond September 13, 2017 FOIA request for: All records communication between any official, employee, representative the Department State and any principal, employee, representative Podesta Group, Inc. All records produced related any meetings telephonic communications between any official, employee, representative the Department State and any principal, employee, representative Podesta Group, Inc. All records regarding the European Centre for Modern Ukraine. The FOIA request covers the timeframe January 2012 the present. March 28, 2013 email from now-deputy executive secretary the Office the Secretary State, Baxter Hunt, shows the Podesta Group led Tony Podesta, Clinton campaign-contribution bun10 The Verdict AUGUST 2018 IMAGES Emails show longtime Obama and Clinton counselor John Podesta lobbying behalf the Podesta Group Obama and Clinton counselor John Podesta dler and brother Clinton 2016 campaign chairman John Podesta represented the Party Regions, pro-Kremlin political party Ukraine. the March 2013 email number officials, including thenU.S. Foreign Service Officer John Tefft (who would U.S. ambassador Russia 2014) and State Department director for the Office Eastern Europe, Alexander Kasanof, Hunt writes: See below, also stressed them the need for GOU take concrete steps get new SBA with IMF and avoid PFC/loss GSP. Podesta Group noted among host Ukraine lobbyists article forward article low side. Ben Chang and Mark Tavlarides the Podesta Group, which representing the Party Regions, told they were working with Klyuyev visit plans make Unlike [Paul] Manafort and his partner Rick Gates, the Mueller special counsel operation hasn indicted anyone from the Podesta Group. Washington early May. They are working broaden the POR contacts the Hill, including setting meeting for Klyuyev with Chris Smith, and have advised Kyiv stop trying justify their actions against Tymoshenko Washington. They also noted that during his recent meeting with former President Prodi, HFAC Chairman Royce said that Congress would not enacting sanctions legislation against Ukraine. See PODESTA page Court Report Podesta From page U.S. Department State headquarters, Washington, D.C. Murphy writes John Podesta, Minister-counselor for economic affairs the American embassy Berlin Seth Winnick and others: Jet Blue and Lufthansa are considering locations for maintenance center Puerto Rico Mexico. The Governor wants this badly. The question can get the right levels make the case. Either John colleague John brother Tony colleague will get with more details. Winnick then writes John Podesta: Washington alerted this advocacy issue and are it. Was this issue the Verdict passed along you? Want your own copy each month? receive your very own copy the Verdict each month, make tax-deductible contribution $35 more payable Judicial Watch and mail to: The Judicial Watch Verdict 425 Third Street, SW, Suite 800 Washington, 20024 you can online www.judicialwatch.org/donate. Verdict The Judicial Watch News Publication from Judicial Watch August 2018 Volume Issue News Publicationwww.judicialwat from Judicial Watch ch.org Sues Expose DOJ FISA Abuses And Stonewalling CongWarrant ress seeks Justice Dept. Communication FISA warrants against Trump presiden with Congress about tial campaign staff U.S. Department Justice, Washington, D.C. Judicial Watch May 2018 filed Freedom Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. ment Justice for all records communicatio Departns between both the Justice Department and the Federal Investigation with members the Senate Bureau Judiciary Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee Intelligence regarding the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants against foreign policy advisor Carter campaign (Judicial Watch U.S. Department Justice (No. 1:18-cv-01088)). The suit was filed after both the Justice Department and the FBI, division the Justice Department, failed Fights State Department For Accounting Weiner Emails See InvESTIGATIOnS page Message from the President State claims only 3,000 hundre thousands Clinton emails were agency records Court Report Judicial Watch announced May that fighting the State Department for full production records responsive Freedom Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit for the Hillary Clinton emails found the FBI Anthony Weiner laptop. According then-FBI Director James Comey, Weiner laptop contained hundreds thousands emails former Secretary Clinton. FBI headquarters building, Washington, D.C. Corruption Chronicles Weiner ex-congressman and the incarcerated husband former Clinton top aide Huma Abedin. was convicted having sexually explicit communications with teenage girls. October 2016, FBI investigators from its New York field office discovered Abedin emails Weiner laptop, including data See EMAILS page Former Congressman Anthony Weiner ImAges The Party Regions served the pro-Kremlin political base for Ukraine former President Viktor Yanukovych, who fled Russia 2014. Like Paul Manafort, who currently under indictment the errant special counsel Russia investigation, the Podesta Group had retroactively file Foreign Agent Registration Act disclosures with the Justice Department for Ukrainian-related work. The filing states that the Podesta Group provided for the nonprofit European Centre for Modern Ukraine government relations and public relations services within the United States and Europe promote political and economic cooperation between Ukraine and the West. The [Podesta Group] conducted outreach congressional and executive branch offices, members the media, nongovernmental organizations and think tanks. Unlike Manafort and his partner Rick Gates, the Mueller special counsel operation hasn indicted anyone from the Podesta Group. Also, the new emails show longtime Obama and Clinton counselor John Podesta lobbying behalf the Podesta Group efforts secure maintenance facility from Jet Blue and Lufthansa for Puerto Rico. June 27, 2013 email, former U.S. ambassador Germany and current New Jersey Gov. Philip Government Uncovered the Media Phil will try connect the next few days and will follow up. Later that day, email sent his brother Tony Podesta and Winnick, John Podesta writes: Thanks Seth. The Governor friend mine. brother Tony represents Puerto Rico and will follow with details. Winnick replies John and Tony Podesta: Happy help this one. think have the details need for now from SelectUSA Commerce but will come back any issues arise. Puerto Rico was selected the airlines for the facility service A320s 2014. Judicial Watch waiting hear any additional documents the State Department may produce response the FOIA lawsuit about the Podesta Group. the standards the Mueller special counsel operation, these emails alone would have been enough for the Podestas have been hauled before grand jury, worse, said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. These emails are stark reminder that Mueller special counsel operation seems more interested the alleged foreign ties the Trump team, rather than Hillary Clinton (and Barack Obama associates. www.JudicialWatch.org Corruption Chronicles The shooting U.S. Border Patrol agent early June occurred the same southern Arizona region where Judicial Watch recently met with residents and ranchers terrorized drug and human smugglers gushing from Mexico. The federal agent was shot multiple times around 4:30 a.m. while investigating sensor activity foot remote part Arivaca, according Border Patrol announcement. The agent, 21-year veteran, was attacked unknown number assailants, one whom fired several shots the agent close proximity, the agency states, adding that the officer was struck several times. The ambush occurred remote portion cattle ranch situated near the Mexican border that often used passageway immigrants and drug smugglers. The owner the 50,000-acre property, Jim Chilton, told local newspaper that has seen increased traffic the area during the last couple months and One the ranchers (John Ladd) Judicial Watch visited said more than half million illegal immigrants several dozen nationalities have been apprehended his sprawling cattle ranch. The Verdict AUGUST 2018 SHUTTERSTOCK Border Patrol Agent Shot Where Ranchers Live Fear Immigrant, Drug Violence U.S. Mexican border Arizona that the nearby mountains have cartel scouts guiding drug packers and smugglers making their way into the U.S. Chilton told national newswire that the Border Patrol sent him electronic mail saying the veteran federal agent was alone his ranch when was shot the leg and hand. Several bullets also struck the agent protective vest, Chilton said. fifth-generation Arizona cattle rancher, Chilton has testified before Congress the national security vulnerabilities poorly guarded southern border. Portions near his property are simply marked with strands barb wire that are easily penetrated smugglers. National Security demands that drug traffickers, terrorists and undocumented aliens prevented from entering the United States the border, Chilton said during testimony before House hearing several years ago: Currently, our ranch these people often travel miles inside our country before the Border Patrol attempts apprehend them .Our losses have been great and our sense security our own country has been severely damaged. live with weapons near our bed, the doors, our vehicles and attached our saddles. Chilton property only few dozen miles away from Sierra Vista, Cochise County border town with equally frustrated ranchers. part ongoing investigation into the critical security issues created the famously porous southern border, Judicial Watch recently spent time Sierra Vista, which located miles southeast Tucson with population around 44,000. One the See BORDER page Corruption Chronicles FBI Asks Peter Strzok And Lisa Page Preserve Personal Device And Email Records (1) the Federal Bureau Investigation FBI shall process the 500 pages potentially responsive records and produce any responsive, non-exempt records The FBI purposeful slowwalking the Strzok-Page materials shows contempt for both transparency law and the public interest figuring out how and why the FBI was politicized target President Trump, while protecting Hillary Clinton. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton FBI official Peter Strzok the plaintiff before June 29, 2018; (2) after June 29, 2018, the FBI, monthly basis, shall process 500 pages potentially responsive records and produce any responsive, non-exempt records the plaintiff; and (3) September 2018, and thereafter quarterly basis (once every three months), the first day the month (or, the first falls weekend holiday, the next business day), the parties shall file joint status report advising the Court the FBI progress processing the request. Prior the judge order, May 17, Judicial Watch filed joint status report federal court regarding the production Strzok-Page documents. According the report, between April and May 2018, the FBI processed only pages APIMAGES The U.S. Department Justice informed Judicial Watch May that the FBI plans send letters Peter Strzok and Lisa Page asking them preserve agency records their personal email accounts and personal devices and requesting confirmation that they are doing so. Judicial Watch made the preservation request the FBI part its Freedom Information (FOIA) lawsuit for records the two current and former FBI officials. May 21, U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton ordered the FBI begin processing 13,000 pages previously undisclosed emails exchanged exclusively between FBI officials Strzok and Page between February 2015 and December 2017: APIMAGES Court orders production 13,000 pages Strzok/Page emails Court agrees FBI two-year production schedule Former FBI attorney Lisa Page potentially responsive records identified travel requests, authorizations, vouchers and expense reports for Strzok and Page, and pages were released. May the FBI wrote letter Senator Grassley saying had not requested information from the personal email accounts Strzok and Page: [T]he FBI has not requested from Ms. Page Mr. Strzok any information from their personal email accounts, nor has the FBI conducted searches non-FBIissued communications devices non-FBI accounts associated with Mr. Strzok Ms. Page. The status report also details the FBI promise try preserve the Strzok-Page records from their personal devices. The developments come Judicial Watch January 2018 FOIA lawsuit against the Justice Department (Judicial Watch U.S. Department Justice See STRZOK page www.JudicialWatch.org Corruption Chronicles Border From page ranchers (John Ladd) Judicial Watch visited said more than half million illegal immigrants several dozen nationalities have been apprehended his sprawling cattle ranch. Ladd has also found dead bodies his 16,500-acre farm, which has been his family for well over century and sits between the Mexican border and historic State Route 92. The property shares -mile border with Mexico, making popular route for human and drug smugglers evading meager force Border Patrol agents the mountainous region. can guarantee there not dead body somewhere ranch right now, Ladd told Judicial Watch. Other ranchers and longtime residents said that illegal immigrants and drug smugglers are devastating the area and many them live fear. Some are too scared enjoy simple pastime horseback-riding their own land. Some portions the border adjacent Ladd property have 18-foot iron fence, but others have laughable wire fence that has been repeatedly penetrated vehicles speeding through from Mexico. The fence such joke that the Border Patrol installed concrete barriers along busy two-mile stretch front the barbed wire barrier Ladd property line stop smugglers. Judicial Watch also visited another nearby smuggling route that inexplicably unprotected. The dirt road runs through the Coronado National Forest, and five strands barbed wire serve the physical boundary between the U.S. and Mexico remote portion the park, which closed the public night and heavily transited drug and human smugglers. Illegal immigration has had such devastating impact the area that one longtime resident wrote book offering detailed anecdotes what and his family endure because they live near the Mexican border. This includes drugs and illegal immigrants piling into vehicles the road adjacent his four-acre property and ultralight aircraft flying near his rooftop, just above the trees, route making drug drop. Strzok From page (No. 1:18-cv-00154)) after failed respond Judicial Watch December 2017 FOIA request seeking: All records communications, including but not limited to, emails, text messages and instant chats between FBI official Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page; All travel requests, travel authorizations, travel vouchers and expense reports Peter Strzok; All travel requests, travel authorizations, travel vouchers Strzok and Page were deeply involved the Clinton email scandal and served the Mueller investigation team. The Verdict AUGUST 2018 and expense reports Lisa Page. Strzok and Page were deeply involved the Clinton email scandal and served the Mueller investigation team. Strzok was reportedly removed from Mueller team August and reassigned human resources position after was discovered that and FBI lawyer Page, who worked for FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and with whom Strzok was carrying extramarital affair, exchanged stridently pro-Clinton and anti-Trump text messages. Strzok reportedly oversaw the FBI interviews former National Security Advisor General Michael Flynn. also changed former FBI Director James Comey language about Hillary Clinton actions regarding her illicit email server from grossly negligent extremely careless and played lead role the FBI interview Clinton. Strzok suspected being responsible for using the unverified dossier obtain Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant order spy President Trump campaign. The FBI has been slippery when comes records about the Clinton and Russia scandal fiascos, pleased the Bureau taking steps make sure government records don missing, said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. the other hand, the FBI purposeful slow-walking the Strzok-Page materials shows contempt for both transparency law and the public interest figuring out how and why the FBI was politicized target President Trump, while protecting Hillary Clinton. Director Wray and Attorney General Sessions should step and speed the release these documents. Government INVESTIGATIVE BULLETIN China Syndrome: Rise And Fall Clinton Conspirator JUDICIAL WATCH Micah Morrison Judicial Watch Chief Investigative Reporter The leopard does not change his spots favorite saying prosecutors, and the rise and fall Clinton-era conspirator Lap Seng proves the point. cut colorful swath through the 1996 Clinton campaign finance scandal. the time, was mere millionaire with connec- tions the Chinese government and Asian organized crime. Now billionaire. Last month, more than years after first appeared the U.S. scene, federal prosecutors the Southern District New York nailed him bribery scheme and put him away for four years. the bribery case, showered two United Nations ambassadors Francis Lorenzo the Dominican Republic and John Ashe Antigua and Barbuda with cash. needed their support for multi-billion-dollar U.N. conference center wanted build Macau. envisioned the conference center the cornerstone grandiose plan turn the obscure gambling enclave into the Geneva Asia, prosecutors said. spent $1.5 million the illegal effort. set phony NGO and generosity won him visits the White House between 1994 and 1996, including least one with President Clinton. funneled $30,000 month Ambassador Lorenzo. More payments flowed Lorenzo brother, Ambassador Ashe and Ashe wife. return, the ambassadors put U.N. imprimatur construction plan. They drafted and circulated official U.N. documents support and the Macau conference center. The case was closely watched Washington. Corruption any level government undermines the rule law and cannot tolerated, said Department Justice Criminal Division chief John Cronan. Cronan elaborated: APIMAGES But, corruption especially corrosive when occurs international body like the United Nations. paying bribes two U.N. ambassadors advance his interest obtaining support for the Macau conference center, Lap Seng tried manipulate the functions the United Nations. Lap Seng, center, leaves federal court with his wife, right, Friday, May 11, 2018 New York stranger controversy and crime. has been major player Macau for decades. The See CONSPIRATOR page www.JudicialWatch.org Government Uncovered Conspirator former Portuguese colony, turned over China 1999, was hub legalized gambling and prostitution and center money laundering, extortion, drugs and gang wars. cultivated the China connection and rose through the Macau ranks, becoming owner the Fortuna Hotel, night club the gambling district favored officials the People Liberation Army and the organized crime Lok triad. has denied any connection Corruption especially corrosive when occurs international body like the United Nations. Department Justice Criminal Division chief John Cronan THE AMICUS SOCIETY with Asian organized crime. 1997, told the South China Morning Post that was very upset about the allegation that linked organized crime. absolutely untrue and has basis fact. 1994, had set his sights the Clintons. Finding partner Little Rock restaurateur Charlie Trie, wired more than million from accounts Macau and Hong Kong Trie accounts. and Trie funneled hundreds thousands dollars foreign funds the Democratic National Committee, according Senate report the campaign finance scandal. generosity won him visits the White House between 1994 and 1996, including least one with President Clinton. 1995, and Trie organized reception for then-Commerce Secretary Ron Brown Hong Kong Hotel Shangri-La. 1996, they were seated SHUTTERSTOCK From page President Bil Clinton next the president fundraiser Washington. vanished when the campaign finance scandal heated up. The source funds and what those behind him hoped gain through Trie remains unknown, the Senate report concluded. But Beijing seemed pleased with Mr. Ng. 1998, named him post the largely ceremonial but influential Chinese People Consultative Conference. Twenty years later, still there. 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The Verdict AUGUST 2018 Government Uncovered Victory For Vet Prosecuted For Taking Photos American Flags Facility Federal Court affirms dismissal charges rejects appeal reinstate charges against veterans rights activist Robert Rosebrock Judicial Watch announced that the U.S. District Court for the Central District California affirmed U.S. magistrate judge April 11, 2017 dismissal criminal charges against Judicial Watch client Robert Rosebrock, who was prosecuted for allegedly taking unauthorized photographs American Flag entrance park the Los Angeles campus (United States America Robert Rosebrock (No. 2:17-cr-00262)). The magistrate judge ruled Rosebrock favor First Amendment grounds. The District Court affirmed the magistrate judge dismissal the charges, holding that the plain language the regulation under which Rosebrock was prosecuted did not prohibit unauthorized news photography anywhere property. The charges stemmed from allegations that Rosebrock took unauthorized photographs American Flag and unauthorized videos police Memorial Day 2016 and Sunday, June 12, 2016. rejecting the photography/video charges, U.S. Magistrate Judge Steve Kim ruled that the regulation applied the West L.A. Los Angeles National Veterans Park was not reasonable under even the most lenient First Amendment standard. Rosebrock also was acquitted after trial April 18, 2017 further criminal charge for allegedly displaying napkin-sized American Flag fence the park entrance Memorial Day 2016. The refused accept the magistrate ruling and appealed the District Court. Among the arguments Judicial Watch lawyers made defense against the charges was that officials sought retaliate against Rosebrock for his long-standing criticism the for what considers violations the terms governing use the land U.S. District Court order affirming dislmissal charges against client Robert Rosebrock COURT UNITED STATES DISTRICT IFORNIA CENTRAL DISTRICT CAL Filing Notice Electronic 12:26 PDT and file was entered 4/19/2018 The following transaction USA Rosebrock Case Name: 2:17-cr-00262-JGB Case Number Filer: Document Number: 4/17/2018 Judge dgment Dismissal ORDER Affirming age for (IN MINUTES sebrock: (see the Defendant Robert FIR rna reb urt Jes foregoing reasons, the violations further details). For the against Appellee arg the ssa Magistrate Judges dis ORDERED. (ad C.F.R. 1.218(a)(10). Docket Text: which the West L.A. facility located. Since 2008, Rosebrock and small group supporters have assembled nearly every Sunday and Memorial Day the Great Lawn Gate entrance the Los Angeles National Veterans Park protest the failure make full use the property benefit veterans, particularly homeless veterans. For years, the has allowed land the campus used for variety nonveteran-related purposes, including baseball stadium for the University California Los Angeles baseball team, athletic fields for private prep school and City Los Angeles dog park. Although the District Court did not address officials motives pursuing criminal charges against Rosebrock, its ruling lends credence the claim that Rosebrock was selectively and vindictively prosecuted for his weekly protests. Further evidence retaliatory motive the recent revelation fraud high the Greater Los Angeles facility. The persecuted Rosebrock for his advocacy, said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. The outrageous criminal charges against Rosebrock have since been shown lack any factual legal basis. President Trump should ask who the and Justice Department responsible for this reprehensible effort jail our client for exercising his First Amendment rights. Separately, Judicial Watch used the Freedom Information Act uncover documents showing that then-VA Secretary David Shulkin questioned the Rosebrock prosecution but was misled about the issue his staff. www.JudicialWatch.org Judicial Watch Fitton: Shameful That DOJ Only Turned Over FBI Russia Memo After Threat Legal Action Fox News Insider April 12, 2018 Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said shameful that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein only turned over the FBI memo that instigated the Bureau Russia investigation after being threatened with legal action. Rosenstein allowed House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., view the FBI memo after Nunes threatened him and FBI Director Christopher Wray with legal action including contempt proceedings and impeachment. government source told Fox News that Nunes, Gowdy and committee Republican staff were able view the two-page memo with relatively few redactions. shows you just how obstructionist [the] FBI and Justice Department have been with Republican Congress, Fitton said Outnumbered Overtime Thursday. This Deep State obstruction, and shameful that this Justice Department and this FBI only turned over this document after being threatened with contempt and the officials issue being threatened with impeachment. Obama administration meddled foreign elections: Judicial Watch Fox Business May 21, 2018 Judicial Watch Director Investigations Research Chris Farrell discussed how the Obama administration meddled foreign elections. The Verdict AUGUST 2018 Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton (right) with host Tucker Carlson Fox News Channel The government watchdog group Judicial Watch has obtained documents revealing the flow money from the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) various countries efforts provide the Obama administration its preferred outcome foreign elections. [The Obama administration] actively went about either destabilizing trying influence governments and electoral processies around the world, Judicial Watch Director Investigations Research Chris Farrell told FOX Business Lou Dobbs Monday. State Department records show USAID used taxpayer funds back billionaire investor George Soros left-wing political operations other countries, according Judicial Watch. FBI will ask anti-Trump agents preserve personal-device communications The Washington Times May 23, 2018 The FBI will ask agent Peter Strzok and attorney Lisa Page preserve any bureau records stored their personal accounts and devices, conservative government watchdog group said Wednesday. Judicial Watch said the FBI will make the request part its Freedom Information Act lawsuit which had asked for thousands pages documents personal devices the pair, including emails, text messages, chats and travel documents. Some texts between Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page their FBI-issued phones have been preserved, but not known how much the pair communicated through personal devices. Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton ordered the FBI begin processing 13,000 pages previously undisclosed emails exchanged between Mr. Strzok and Ms. December 2017, Judicial Watch said. The first 500 pages the records are said processed June 29, 2018. 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Report: Don Trust The Media, Read Yourself Real Clear Politics June 15, 2018 Judicial Watch uncovered the Clinton email scandal, explained. disheartening see documented evidence the FBI and DOJ bending over backwards protect Hillary Clinton, and deferring her virtually every issue, and deciding early not prosecute her, and just through the motions investigation. Despite all the evidence had uncovered that she knew what she was doing was inappropriate, she was warned her national security team not it, and she did avoid disclosure and accountability. Fitton: Judicial Watch Uncovers Hidden Strzok Emails ClintonLynch Tarmac Documents Breitbart, Tom Fitton Op-ed June 12, 2018 This just too rich. Judicial Watch now has emails from notorious anti-Trump, pro-Hillary Clinton FBI officials who seem confirm that James Comey and Loretta Lynch decided let Hillary Clinton ride her email abuses before she was even interviewed the FBI. The disclosure found pages FBI documents related the infamous June 2016 tarmac meeting between former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton. The FBI originally informed Judicial Watch could not locate any records related the tarmac meeting. However, related FOIA lawsuit, the Justice Department located emails which Justice Department officials communicated with the FBI and wrote that they had communicated with the FBI. result, letter dated August 10, 2017, the FBI stated, Upon further review, subsequently determined potentially responsive documents may exist. result, your [FOIA] request has been reopened This the second batch documents the FBI produced since telling Judicial Watch they had tarmacrelated records. this makes two cover-ups! Before you make your IRA withdrawals discover how both YOU and JUDICIAL WATCH can benefit from the IRA charitable rollover. The IRA charitable rollover back, and this time permanent! 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