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Verdict The Judicial Watch NOVEMBER 2018 VOLUME ISSUE News PublicationWWW.JUDICIALWATCH.ORG from Judicial Watch News Publication from Judicial Watch Judicial Watch Uncovers: FISA Court Hearings Held Carter Page Warrants [N]o such hearings were held with respect the acknowledged FISA applications. ~Justice Department court filing the filing, the Justice Department finally revealed that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court held hearings the Page FISA spy warrants, first issued 2016 and subsequently renewed three times: [National Security Division] FOIA consulted [Office Intelligence] identify and locate records responsive [Judicial Watch FOIA request [Office Intelligence] determined that See FISA page IMAGES August, Judicial Watch used Freedom Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit force the Justice Department admit court filing that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court held hearings the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) spy warrant applications targeting Carter Page, former Trump campaign part-time adviser. Page was the subject four controversial FISA warrants. Carter Page, former Trump volunteer campaign adviser Strzok Drafted Comey Letter About Clinton Emails Weiner Laptop IMAGES Judicial Watch September released 424 pages FBI records, including email revealing that recently fired FBI official Peter Strzok created the initial draft the October 2016 letter then-FBI Director James Comey sent Congress notifying lawmakers the discovery Hillary Clinton emails the laptop disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner. Another email suggests that the FBI had not yet completed its review Clinton emails the time Comey sent second letter Congress, November 2016, reconfirming his belief that Hillary Clinton shouldn charged with crime. The records were produced result June 2018 Freedom Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit (Judicial Watch U.S. Department Justice (No. 1:18-cv-01448)) filed after the Justice Department Former FBI official Peter Strzok See STRZOK page Message from the President Court Report Corruption Chronicles Government Uncovered the Media Cover Story FISA From page there were records, electronic paper, responsive [Judicial Watch FOIA request with regard Carter Page. [Office Intelligence] further confirmed that the [Foreign Surveillance Court] considered the Page warrant applications based upon written submissions and did not hold any hearings. The Department Justice previously released Judicial Watch the heavily redacted Page warrant applications. The initial Page FISA warrant was granted just weeks before the 2016 election. The Justice Department filing comes response Judicial Watch lawsuit for the FISA transcripts (Judicial Watch U.S. Department Justice (No. 1:18-cv-01050)). February, Republicans the House Intelligence Committee released memo criticizing the FISA targeting Carter Page. The memo details how the minimally corroborated Clinton-DNC dossier was U.S. Department Justice, Washington, D.C. The Verdict NOVEMBER 2018 disturbing that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance courts rubberstamped the Carter Page spy warrants and held not one hearing these extraordinary requests spy the Trump team. 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 Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton Editor Carter Clews Editorial Assistant Janice Rurup Senior Writer Dr. Larry Hunter essential part the FBI and Department Justice applications for surveillance warrants spy Page. Earlier, Judicial Watch filed request with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court seeking the transcripts all hearings related the surveillance Carter Page. Responding the same requests from Congress, U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer wrote: You may note that the Department Justice possesses (or can easily obtain) the same responsive information the Court might possess, and because separation powers considerations, better positioned than the Court respond quickly. disturbing that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance courts rubber-stamped the Carter Page spy warrants and held not one hearing these extraordinary requests spy the Trump team, said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. Perhaps the court can now hold hearings how justice was corrupted material omissions that Hillary Clinton campaign, the DNC, conflicted Bruce Ohr, compromised Christopher Steele, and anti-Trumper Peter Strzok were all behind the intelligence used persuade the courts approve the FISA warrants that targeted the Trump team. 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 email@example.com. 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. November 2018 Vol. Issue MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT Update Hillary Clinton Email Scandal This month, want bring you date the Hillary Clinton email scandal, which brings new Judicial Watch revelations and surprises weekly. you think the Hillary Clinton email scandal over, think again. Fundamentally, the Clinton email scandal scandal Judicial Watch uncovered rule-of-law crisis. the Trump administration going allow lawbreaking senior government officials like Hillary Clinton un-investigated? the president going allow the Obama Justice Department and the FBI get away with corruptly hijacking investigation order protect her? began crack the Clinton email scandal 2014 when were investigating the Benghazi coverup and noticed there were Hillary Clinton emails Benghazi. response our Freedom Information Act (FOIA) requests and lawsuits, the Obama State Department admitted Judicial Watch that there were Hillary Clinton emails began crack the Clinton email scandal 2014 when were investigating the Benghazi coverup and noticed there were Hillary Clinton emails Benghazi. IMAGES JUDICIAL WATCH Tom Fitton Former Secretary State Hillary Rodham Clinton checks her mobile phone after her address the Security Council United Nations headquarters, March 2012 that show government business she conducted her private server without telling the courts, Congress the American people. The Obama State Department had previously told and the court they searched everywhere, but they didn tell they hadn searched Hillary Clinton emails. Then, discovered that Clinton withheld 30,000 emails from the Justice Department and tried destroy another 31,000. Those emails she didn turn over, discovered, contain classified information. federal court then authorized discovery, which meant that Huma Abedin had come and testify, and Cheryl Mills had testify before Judicial Watch lawyers under oath. Top State Department officials had testify, and Hillary Clinton, although she didn have testify person, had answer our written questions under oath. Huma Abedin testified was Hillary Clinton idea set this server. wasn anyone else was Clinton idea because she wanted keep her business private. That not lawful reason, and corrupt reason what she did. Ironically, going forward 2016, the FBI, result investigation Abedin then-husband Anthony Weiner, uncovered Clinton-server emails Weiner laptop, which was incredible. Then-FBI Director James Comey was forced tell the American people about and reopen the by-thenclosed FBI investigation Clinton emails, which blew hole the coverup. But the coverup continued, and just days before the election, Comey squelched the investigation again for Hillary Clinton. Judicial Watch later obtained some the Clinton-server emails off Weiner laptop, and turns out there were least emails with classified documents that system. And, now know, based reporting Paul Sperry RealClear Investigations, that for all that Judicial Watch has been able uncover, the FBI didn look all the government emails the Weiner laptop. Sperry reported that Peter Strzok, the corrupt FBI official who was handling both the Clinton email investigation and the Russia investigation, only pulled select See MESSAGE page www.JudicialWatch.org Cover Story Strzok From page failed respond September 2017 request seeking: All records communications between among FBI officials regarding Comey draft statement closing the Clinton email investigation, including all memoranda and/or analyses the factual and/ legal justification for his July 2016 announcement regarding his decision not seek Mrs. Clinton prosecution. All records previously provided the Office Special Counsel The documents reveal that October 27, 2016, Peter Strzok emailed other senior FBI officials draft notice letter from Comey Congress about the Weiner laptop discovery and the reopening the Clinton investigation. The emails indicated that Strzok and another official, Jon (last name unknown), authored the notification Congress. The notification, according the Justice Department inspector general, came full month after the emails were discovered the FBI the Weiner laptop. According the documents, 11:04 p.m. Saturday, November 2016, FBI Chief Staff James Rybicki sent Comey email containing redacted draft document which referred New Proposal, saying: Folks, Per our 1000pm conversation, below revised straw man for discussion. Again, could use this the review when completed supports our conclusions. comments again ALL CAPS and bold italics. Rybicki New Proposal straw man apparently refers draft Comey letter Congress concerning the FBI review the 650,000 Clinton emails found Weiner laptop. the time the Rybicki email, Comey was preparing his letter informing Congress the FBI findings, and according page See STRZOK page SHUTTERSTOCK All drafts James Comey statement closing the Clinton email investigation, from his original draft April May 2016 the final version. the course its now-closed Hatch Act investigation Mr. Comey. 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. may simple including Judicial Watch line your list beneficiaries. The Verdict NOVEMBER 2018 assist you preparing your will, call for our free brochure, How Make Will that Works. Steve Andersen Director Development (888) 593-8442 firstname.lastname@example.org Message from the President Message From page number the Clinton-server emails actually found the Weiner laptop. looks like there may other documents that need reviewed the FBI response our FOIA lawsuit. So, now sued again try get all the government emails from the Weiner laptop. Top-level FBI official Peter Strzok, who has been dismissed from the Bureau, keeps popping both the Clinton email scandal and the Russia investigation. For example, Strzok drafted the initial letter that Comey sent Congress telling them about the Weiner laptop, just was Strzok who edited Comey first statement the press exonerating Hillary Clinton. Also, looks like the documents show that Comey closed the investigation shortly before the election despite strong evidence that the FBI had not reviewed all the material. So, Comey didn know what evidence they had their possession before said there wasn any evidence criminality. Comey and Strzok, once again, were standing smack-dab the middle the Clinton/Weiner laptop scandal. was only after the Inspector General looked into the matter that top leadership the FBI began fear someone was going blow the whistle them, that more than month later, they told Congress about the Weiner laptop. They didn voluntarily disclose disclose because was the right thing do; they disclosed because they didn want seen covering something, which, fact, they had been doing all along. addition, have the laptop emails that show Clinton-server classified information was migrated onto the Weiner laptop, including the identity CIA official. Anyone else would have been arrested. Anyone else would have been convicted least prosecuted. But, Hillary Clinton and her aides who were involved this have gotten Comey closed the investigation shortly before the election despite strong evidence that the FBI had not reviewed all the material. Fight Corruption and Receive Income For Life off scot-free. And perpetuate the Justice Department/FBI coverups, the Establishment has steadfastly refused conduct damage assessment Hillary Clinton compromising classified information with respect national security, which required law. So, Judicial Watch has had sue again, hoping the court will force damage assessment conducted. asked the Trump administration, are you going damage assessment? This Justice Department, this State Department, the director national intelligence, who now Senator Dan Coates, former senator from Indiana, they don want damage assessment, either. date, they have successfully fought our efforts the lower courts compel damage assessment Coates said that Hillary Clinton compromise national security information wasn serious enough warrant damage assessment. Again, outrageous. our lawsuit last year when tried force damage assessment, referenced the James Comey statement from 2016 that from the group 30,000 emails Clinton did return the State Department, 110 emails email chains had been determined contain classified information the time they were sent received eight were top-secret, chains contained secret information, eight contained confidential information. The disparate treatment given Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump See MESSAGE page You can fight corruption and receive income for life 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. For free no-obligation illustration how Charitable Gift Annuity can work for you, please contact Steve Andersen the Judicial Watch Development Office (888) 593-8442 email email@example.com your age is: 90+ You could earn: 4.7% 5.1% 5.6% 6.2% 7.3% 8.3% 9.5% (Single life rates. Call for two-life rates.) *Not available Hawaii and Washington State. www.JudicialWatch.org Cover Story Strzok From page 390 the June 2018 report from the Justice Department Office the Inspector General, the deliberations regarding the letter began the afternoon November and concluded very early November Despite Rybicki email suggesting late November that the review the new emails had not been completed, Comey November letter Congress states: [W]e reviewed all the communications that were from Hillary Clinton while she was Secretary State. Based our review, have not changed our conclusions that expressed July with respect Secretary Clinton. Comey conclusions July were that charges should filed against Clinton, despite her repeatedly having sent classified information Only 3,077 the 694,000 emails [found the Weiner laptop] were directly reviewed for classified incriminating information. ~RealClear Investigations reporter Paul Sperry over her unsecured, non-State-Department server. Comey later admitted that had drafted his July exoneration more than month earlier. RealClear Investigations reporter Paul Sperry recently reported that: Only 3,077 the 694,000 emails [found the Weiner laptop] were directly reviewed for classified incriminating information. Three Email from Peter Strzok transmitting various FBI officials initial draft October 2016 letter then-FBI Director James Comey sent Congress notifying lawmakers the discovery Hillary Clinton emails the laptop disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner The Verdict NOVEMBER 2018 FBI officials completed that work single 12-hour spurt the day before Comey again cleared Clinton criminal charges. These new documents provide more details the corrupt and dishonest FBI investigation the incredible revelations that Clinton classified and other emails were present Anthony Weiner laptop, said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. When will the Sessions Justice Department and Wray FBI finally begin honest investigation Hillary Clinton national security crimes? related Judicial Watch lawsuit, the State Department told the court October 2017: The State Department identified approximately 2,800 [Clinton] work-related documents [emails] among the documents provided the Federal Bureau Investigation. January 2018, accordance with court order, the State Department began turning Weiner emails over Judicial Watch. Initially, classified emails were found the 798 documents produced the State Department. Judicial Watch fighting for full production records. The State Department claims that only 3,000 those hundreds-of-thousands 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 that they reviewed, how they reviewed them, how many emails were personal and not agency records and how the agency would have made those determinations. Further examples Judicial Watch work this important issue can found the Judicial Watch website: http://jwatch.us/Weiner Laptop. Message from the President Message From page disturbing, and glaring. Where Clinton concerned, not just her email scandal that being covered up. There the question about what federal law enforcement doing about the Uranium One deal, from which she and her husband benefited financially. Judicial Watch still fighting the State and Justice Departments Benghazi information that relates Hillary Clinton. are Top-level FBI official Peter Strzok, who has been dismissed from the Bureau, keeps popping both the Clinton email scandal and the Russia investigation. fighting the Justice Department the issue her conflicts interest the State Department, where Bill Clinton was getting money through speaking fees from foreign governments and corporations, and Hillary Clinton didn recuse herself from anything over there State which she, her husband and their foundation had personal corporate interest. Where the corruption investigation there? Why isn there anything being done? The Justice Department going full bore against President Trump while going full bore protecting Hillary Clinton. Astonishing. You want know the Deep State works operation? Just look see what happening with Hillary Clinton and what happening with President Trump terms investigation. 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Shop now for your Judicial Watch products HTTPS://SHOPJW.ORG www.JudicialWatch.org Judicial Watch Court Report Sues Justice For Communications Among Ohr, Steele And Fusion GPS Judicial Watch August filed Freedom Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department Justice for all communications from the offices the deputy attorney general and the office the director the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force related Bruce Ohr, his wife Nellie Ohr, Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS (Judicial Watch U.S. Department Justice (No. 1:18cv-01854)). Bruce Ohr the former associate deputy attorney general and remains organized crime task force director. Until his dossier-related demotion, Bruce Ohr was the fourth-ranked official the Justice Department. The House Intelligence Committee memo released Chairman Devin Nunes February says that Nellie Ohr was employed Fusion GPS assist the cultivation opposition research Trump and that Bruce Ohr passed along the results that research the FBI research that was paid for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Hillary Clinton campaign. The salacious and unverified dossier was then used obtain Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) surveillance warrant spy Carter Page. The suit was filed after the Justice Department failed respond May 29, 2018 FOIA request for: this sordid scandal continues unfold, increasingly clear that top Justice Department official Bruce Ohr working conjunction with his wife and other Clinton-connected Fusion GPS actors played key role laundering false information from Russia about Donald Trump. ~Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton House Permanent Subcommittee Investigations staff memo section relationship between Bruce Ohr and Christopher Steele. All records from the Office the Deputy Attorney General relating Fusion GPS, Nellie Ohr and/or British national Christopher Steele, including but not limited all records communications about and with Fusion GPS officials, Nellie Ohr and Christopher Steele. All records from the office former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr relating Fusion GPS, Nellie Ohr and/or British national Christopher Steele, including but not limited all records communications (including those former Associate Deputy Attorney General Ohr) about See JUSTICE page The Verdict NOVEMBER 2018 Court Report JUDICIAL WATCH VICTORY! Judge Orders Army Reconsider Granting Purple Heart Sgt. Joshua Berry U.S. District Court Judge Christopher Cooper issued order lawsuit brought Judicial Watch behalf Howard Berry, father now-deceased Army Staff Sergeant Joshua Berry, stating that the Army must reconsider its decision denying Purple Heart Sgt. Joshua Berry for injuries sustained the 2009 international terrorist attack Fort Hood, Texas. Watch the Judical Watch video: http://jwatch.us/FtHood. The August order calls for the Army reconsider its decision and act appropriately. the Army wishes stick with the denial, must sufficiently explain why Sgt. Berry not entitled the Purple Heart. remand, the Army, assuming wishes stick with its determination not award the Purple Heart Berry, must explain why Berry not entitled Purple Heart and with sufficient clarity that court can measure the denial against the arbitrary-or-capricious standard laid out the [Administrative Procedures Act]. Judicial Watch October 12, 2017 filed lawsuit behalf Sgt. Berry father, Howard Berry, who The Army final memorandum provides meaningful analysis only boilerplate determination that the facts not support conclusion that [Berry injury met the criteria for Purple Heart. ~U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper challenging the Army denial the Purple Heart under the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) (Howard Berry Mark Esper, Secretary the Army, al. (No. 1:17-cv-02112)). Following the Fort Hood attack, the secretary defense declined recognize the mass shooting international terrorist attack against the United States. Instead, the attack was characterized workplace violence. result, active duty servicemembers injured the attack were ineligible for the Purple Heart, among other awards and benefits. response, Congress enacted legislation 2014 mandating that servicemembers killed wounded attack targeting members the armed forces and carried out individual communication with and inspired motivated foreign terrorist organization eligible for the Purple Heart. result, 2015, the secretary the army announced that servicemembers injured killed the Fort Hood attack were eligible for the Purple Heart they met the regulatory criteria. The Purple Heart not rec- ommended decoration for soldiers killed wounded combat under attack. Rather, soldier entitled Purple Heart upon meeting specific criteria. Sgt. Berry met the regulatory criteria for award the Purple Heart. Sgt. Berry suffered dislocated left shoulder during the November 2009 terrorist attack Fort Hood Maj. Nidal Hasan. Hasan, who admitted during his 2013 court martial that had been influenced Qaeda, killed people and injured others. witness statements given the U.S. Army Criminal Investigative Command (CID) and separate statement given Texas ranger, Sgt. Berry had estimated that Hasan fired 30-40 rounds outside Building 42004 Ft. Hood. Sgt. Berry told those around him get down the floor and stay away from the doors and windows. When Sgt. Berry heard gunshots hit the metal doors near him, leaped over desk take cover and, doing, dislocated his left shoulder. then heard Hasan trying kick the doors. See BERRY page www.JudicialWatch.org Court Report Justice From page and with Fusion GPS officials, Nellie Ohr and Christopher Steele. All records from the office the Director the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force relating Fusion GPS, Nellie Ohr and/or British national Christopher Steele, including but not limited all records communications (including those former Organized Crime Task Force Director Bruce Ohr) about and with Fusion GPS officials, Nellie Ohr and Christopher Steele. December 2017, Bruce Ohr was removed from his position U.S. associate deputy attorney general after was revealed that con- Berry From page According witness statement from another individual, Hasan fired three rounds the briefing room doors. Howard Berry applied for posthumous award the Purple Heart his son. The U.S. Army Decorations Board denied Mr. Berry application. April 2015, the Army belatedly awarded the Purple Heart servicemembers injured the Fort Hood attack. Sgt. Berry was not among them. April 17, 2016, upon Mr. Berry application for review, three-member panel the Army Board for Correction Military Records recommended that all Army records concerning Sgt. Berry corrected award Sgt. Berry the Purple Heart. The panel found [t]here question that [Sgt. Berry] injury met the basic medical criteria for award the [Purple Heart]. The Board eight-page determination provided detailed analysis the degree which the enemy (i.e., the terrorist) The Verdict NOVEMBER 2018 ducted undisclosed meetings with anti-Trump dossier author Christopher Steele and Glenn Simpson, principal Fusion GPS. March, Judicial Watch filed two lawsuits seeking records about the Ohrs involvement the anti-Trump dossier. June, the Justice Department was ordered begin searching and producing Fusion GPS records Judicial Watch. related case, Judicial Watch released FBI records showing that Steele was cut off confidential human source after disclosed his relationship with the FBI third party. The documents show least FBI payments Steele 2016 and that was admonished for unknown reasons February 2016. August, Republican lawmakers caused [Sgt. Berry injury. few months later, however, Deputy Assistant Secretary the Army (Review Boards) Francine Blackmon issued single paragraph memorandum rejecting the Corrections Board recommendation: have reviewed the findings, conclusions, and Board member recommendations. find there not sufficient evidence grant relief. Therefore, under the authority U.S.C. 1552, have determined that the facts not support conclusion that his injury met the criteria for Purple Heart. his ruling Judge Cooper said the court could not meaningfully evaluate the reasoning behind Blackmon decision. Decisions which are utterly unreviewable, the judge added, must vacated arbitrary and capricious. Judge Cooper noted the Army final memorandum: provides meaningful analysis only boilerplate determi- indicated that Bruce Ohr becoming more central their investigation. And, newly released emails and memos show that Bruce Ohr continued receive information from Steele 2017 after the FBI had terminated its relationship with Steele 2016 for leaking the media. this sordid scandal continues unfold, increasingly clear that top Justice Department official Bruce Ohr working conjunction with his wife and other Clinton-connected Fusion GPS actors played key role laundering false information from Russia about Donald Trump, said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. The Department Justice must stop the stonewalling and release these documents the law requires. nation that the facts not support conclusion that [Berry injury met the criteria for Purple Heart. Why not? Was there conflicting evidence regarding how immediate threat Hasan posed Berry sat inside the building? Was the evidence clear but the Deputy Assistant Secretary thought that Berry could have taken cover without injuring himself? did she read the regulations categorically taking the Purple Heart off the table for servicemembers injured while taking cover? The denial letter provides hints. turn, the Court cannot meaningfully evaluate the reasoning behind it. That enough warrant remand. are thrilled the court ruling and hope the Army quickly comes its senses and finally awards Sgt. Berry well-deserved Purple Heart, said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. Corruption Chronicles Millions Help Immigrants Foster Sense Belonging And Attachment U.S. The Trump administration keeps pouring money into Obama-era program that helps foreigners seeking American citizenship offering them free English, history and civics courses well naturalization legal services. year ago this past summer, the administration kept the program alive with $10 million infusion and, August, another $10 million went into its coffers. The cash flows via Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program operated U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The Obama administration dedicated more than $62 million similar initiatives, and there was tremendous hope that President Donald Trump would put stop the madness, least slash funding. Instead, the program has been expanded include helping refugees and asylees foster sense belonging and attachment the United States. The original goal, according the Homeland Security agency that oversees lawful immigration the United States, promote the assimilation lawful residents into the fabric American society. Naturalization requirements, such knowledge English and U.S. history and civics, encourage civic learning and build strong foundation upon which immigrants can fully assimilate into society, states the initial Homeland Security grant announcement obtained Judicial Watch. Through preparing for naturalization, immigrants will gain the tools become successful citizens and assimilate into our society and meet their responsibilities United States citizens. Extending the services refugees and asylees meant promote assimilation for those who have identified naturalization its final months, the Obama administration doled out $29 million via USCIS grants register new, immigrant voters that likely supported Democrats the presidential election. goal but may need additional information, instruction and services attain it. American taxpayers will provide candidates with instruction U.S. history and government for citizenship-test preparation and activities that promote civic and linguistic assimilation. This includes English Second Language (ESL) instruction reading, writing and speaking specialized teachers. Civic assimilation activities will include local trips sites and landmarks historical cultural significance, guest speakers such local public servants and other activities that promote indepth understanding government functions, geography, traditions, symbols and holidays. Naturalization-application services will include the preparation and submission forms required the federal government and appearing naturalization interviews and hearings with applicants. The money will disbursed nonprofits, local governments and schools throughout the country. See IMMIGRANTS page www.JudicialWatch.org Corruption Chronicles During aggressive protests criminal Occupy Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) rioters federal facilities Oregon, Portland mayor implemented dangerously restrictive police procedures that ordered officers ignore calls for help from federal law enforcement personnel under attack. Instead proactive support, the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) was limited passive liaison role with the Federal Protection Service (FSP). According records obtained Judicial Watch, PPB officers were only allowed respond life-threatening attacks and 911 calls made ICE agents and FPS officers. Portland mayor, Ted Wheeler, also serves the city Police Bureau Commissioner. Wheeler has been vocal proponent his commitment protect criminal illegal aliens, restrict gun rights and support burdensome climate policies. Under his National Immigration and Custom Enforcement Council cease and desist letter Portland mayor direction, tensions among protestors and federal law enforcement officers started mid-June with camp ICE facilities the downtown area and ended late July with piles trash the street. ICE Council leadership reported hard-left antifa members were active contingent among protestors who besieged the federal immigration processing offices, damaging property and injuring officers. Documents obtained Judicial Watch indicate alarming hands-off approach instituted PPB management. June 19, FPS Commander Lopez asked PPB Deputy Chief Robert Day for assistance. Day refusal the highly redacted document was clear: this time denying your request for additional resources from PPB. Officers were directed not proactively patrol the area the demonstration and only respond calls WIKIPEDIA Portland Mayor Denies Assistance ICE, Violates City Equal Protection Policy Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler the demonstration site that have immediate life safety concern. June 21, the mayor direction was for PPB not get involved unless lives are danger. ICE agents the ground reported these were the daily orders given briefings rank-and-file PPB personnel. Mayor Wheeler selective enforcement order conflicts with PPB rules. The Biased-Based Policing Policy states: The Bureau dedicated offering courteous and professional service delivery and providing equal protection, fundamental right under the Constitution, all members the community. Additionally, all employees are expected reduce crime and the fear crime working with all citizens. Police officers and managers are mandated respond requests for police assistance. Law enforcement sources familiar with the situation communicated: When local police disengage from proactive responsibilities and assistance, one See MAYOR page The Verdict NOVEMBER 2018 Corruption Chronicles Mayor From page can expect masked, helmeted and shielded protestors assault and endanger federal officers. July 31, the National ICE Council sent cease and desist letter the Mayor. contrast the stated commitment city government provide equal and effective protection, the owner the ICE processing building, Stuart Lindquist, was singled out among taxpayers. received limited and restrictive law-enforcement response during the Occupy ICE demonstrations. Portland Police documents confirmed: Stuart Linquist [sic] any other Linquist [sic] calls for police assistance that doesn fit the life safety concern criteria, please refer him her the Mayor. Mr. Lindquist told Judicial Watch: According records obtained Judicial Watch, PPB [Portland Police Bureau] officers were only allowed respond life-threatening attacks and 911 calls made ICE agents and FPS [Federal Protection Service] officers. quite issue and course were without service for month and half. something. This liberal town but even so. public records requests with the PBB determine Wheeler denial assistance violates federal contractual Memorandum Understanding obligations. Judicial Watch filed two other Immigrants From page Similar programs, also funded with USCIS grants, were incredibly popular during the Obama years, and Judicial Watch monitored them closely. was part broader, government-wide initiative launched the former president strengthen federal immigrant and refugee integration infrastructure. The mission was facilitate life the United States for immigrants and refugees enhancing pathways naturalization, building welcoming communities and providing mobile immigration services underserved communities. carry out the mission, Obama created special Task Force New Americans chaired his domestic policy director, Cecilia oz, the former vice president the powerful open-borders group National Council Raza (NCLR). Millions taxpayer dollars flowed the task force various enterprises, including multilingual media campaigns promoting immigrant rights. The goal was strengthen civic, economic and linguistic integration and build strong and welcoming communities, according report issued the task force. its final months, the Obama administration doled out $29 million via USCIS grants register new, immigrant voters that likely supported Democrats the presidential election. Officially, was described citizenship integration aimed enhancing pathways naturalization offering immigrants free citizenship instruction, English, U.S. history and civics courses. The money flowed through two separate USCIS grants, the first for $19 million and second, just five months later, for $10 million. That grant came final push before the presidential election prepare approximately 25,000 residents from more than countries. More than dozen states including California, New York, Florida, Washington and Ohio with large resident immigrant populations were targeted well cities with huge immigrant populations such Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. 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Judicial Watch filed Freedom Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit August behalf Lovinger, whose security clearance was pulled after raised concerns regarding lucrative government contracts awarded Stefan Halper and Long Term Strategy Group, consulting firm owned Chelsea Clinton friend Jacqueline Newmyer Deal (Adam Lovinger U.S. Department Defense (No. 1:18cv-01914)). Halper has been identified being used informant the Obama administration against President Trump campaign. The Washington Times reported the contracts question: According USASpending.gov, FOIA complaint filed Judicial Watch behalf Department Defense whistleblower Adam Lovinger Mr. Halper was paid $411,000 Washington Headquarters Services Sept. 26, 2016 for contract that ran until this March. [Also] string contracts totaling $11 million [was granted] D.C. consulting firm Long Term Strategy Group. headed Jacqueline Newmyer Deal, self-described best friend Chelsea Clinton. Lovinger filed his complaint the fall 2016. May 2017, Lovinger security clearance was initially suspended Barbara Westgate, the director Washington Headquarters Services and Obama-appointee. few months later, the Pentagon Consolidated Adjudications Facility (CAF) issued unfavorable clearance determination and Mr. Lovinger clearance was revoked, Defense Department spokesman informed The Washington Times. The CAF part the Washington Headquarters Services (WHS) and reports directly Westgate. September 2017, Lovinger filed whistleblower reprisal complaint against the CAF, which determines security-clearance eligibility non-intelligence personnel, Westgate and James Baker, the DOD director net assessment, who recommended the contract awards Halper and Long Term Strategy Group. December 2017, Lovinger filed Privacy Act request seeking: See RECORDS page The Verdict NOVEMBER 2018 Government Uncovered Records From page Any and all emails similar electronic messaging transmissions referencing the word Lovinger whether the title body said communications(s); between May 2017 and present; to, from, copied the following individuals: Mr. Edward Fish, Director DoD CAF Mr. Daniel Purtill, Deputy Director DoD CAF Mr. Ronald Freels, Adjudications Directorate Chief. March 2018, the Defense Department responded, treating his request both Privacy Act and Freedom Information (FOIA) request and admitting found pages responsive documents but was withholding them all their entirety. Lovinger was informed that Fish, against whom the whistleblower complaint had been filed, also was the official who determined the documents should withheld. April 2018, Lovinger appealed the Defense Department determination. Over four months later, the appeal had not been addressed. Washington Headquarters Services has refused repeated requests recuse itself from further involvement this case despite apparent conflict interest. Under existing Department Defense policy, WHS officials reporting Westgate will the final arbiter Lovinger case, which cannot appealed the courts. Also, the DOD has yet comply with Lovinger Privacy Act Request. Before his work the NSC, Lovinger was strategic affairs analyst the Office Net Assessment the Pentagon, where specialized issues related U.S.-India relations, the Persian Gulf and sub-Saharan Africa. also attorney and adjunct professor Georgetown University Walsh School Foreign Service and McCort School Public Policy. Mr. Lovinger was targeted because blew the whistle Stefan Halper and Clinton crony getting suspicious Defense contracts. ~Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton Mr. Lovinger was targeted because blew the whistle Stefan Halper and Clinton crony getting suspicious Defense contracts, said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. disturbing that the Defense Department may now implicated Spygate targeting President Trump. Lovinger also represented Sean Bigley, national-security attorney and partner Bigley Ranish LLP. 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! Making donations Judicial Watch directly from your IRA can: easy and convenient way make gift from one your major assets; excluded from your gross income: tax-free rollover; Count toward your required minimum distribution. 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When asked for comment reporters, the agency said relies school districts provide accurate information. Evidently, the federal agency doesn bother checking data before publishing fact. the See SHOOTINGS page Was this issue the Verdict passed along you? Want your own copy each month? Verdict The Judicial Watch receive your very own copy the Verdict each month, make tax-deductible contribution $35 more payable Judicial Watch and mail to: News Publication from Judicial the acknowledged FISA applications. ~Justice Departm ent court filing August, Judicial Watch used Freedom Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit force the Justice Department admit court filing that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court held hearings the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) spy warrant applications targeting Carter Page, former Trump campaign part-time adviser. Page was the subject four controversial FISA warrants. The Judicial Watch Verdict 425 Third Street, SW, Suite 800 Washington, 20024 NOVEMBER 2018 the filing, the Justice Department finally revealed that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court held hearings the Page FISA spy warrants, first issued 2016 and subsequently renewed three times: [National Security Division] FOIA consulted [Office Intelligence] identify and locate records responsive [Judicial Watch FOIA request [Office Intelligence] determined that See FISA page Carter Page, former Trump volunteer campaign adviser Strzok Drafted Comey Letter About Clinton Emails Weiner Lapto you can online www.judicialwatch.org/donate. Former FBI official Peter Strzok The Verdict NOVEMBER 2018 VOLUME ISSUE News PublicationWWW.JUDICIALWAT from Judicial Watch CH.ORG Watch Judicial Watch Uncovers: FISA Court Hearings Held Carter Page Warrants [N]o such hearings were held with respect IMAGES thing did happen, but didn meet the government parameters for shooting. About quarter schools didn respond our inquiries. program director the nonprofit research organization that assisted NPR analyzing the bogus government data quoted the piece saying: When talking about such important and rare event, [this] amount data error could very meaningful. Judicial Watch September released 424 FBI records, including email revealing pages that recently fired FBI official Peter Strzok created the initial draft the October 2016 letter then-FBI Director James Comey sent Congress notifying lawmakers the discovery Hillary Clinton emails the laptop disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner. Another email suggests that the FBI had not yet completed its review Clinton emails time Comey sent second letter Congress, the November 2016, reconfirming his belief that Hillary Clinton shouldn charged with crime. The records were produced result June 2018 Freedom Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit (Judicial Watch U.S. Department Justice (No. 1:18-cv-01448)) filed after the Justice Department See STRZOK page Message from the President Court Report Corruption Chronicles Government Uncovered the Media IMAGES Even the notoriously liberal, government-funded National Public Radio (NPR) couldn ignore the facts when discovered the overwhelming majority school shootings listed federal report never occurred. The disturbing blunder involves Department Education figures stating that schools around the U.S. reported alarming 235 shootings one year. NPR launched investigation and actually contacted every one the schools included the Education Department data, which was gathered its Office for Civil Rights. The figures focus the 2015-2016 school year and reveal that nearly 240 schools reported least one incident involving school-related shooting. Three months later, after every school was contacted NPR, the stats changed drastically. More than two-thirds the reported gun incidents never happened, according the news outlet. were able confirm just reported incidents, either directly with schools through media reports, the article states. 161 cases, schools districts attested that incident took place couldn confirm one. least four cases, found, some- Government Uncovered Shootings From page meantime, the Education Department has plans correct the errors. The article points out that the confusion comes time when the need for clear data school violence has never been more pressing. Dozens school-safety measures have been enacted nationwide the heels high-profile school shootings Texas and Florida, and public districts are allocating large sums boost campus security. Our reporting highlights just how difficult can track school-related shootings and how researchers, educators and policymakers are hindered lack data gun violence, the NPR piece reads. This hardly isolated incident government inefficiency, but the seriousness the matter should inspire the feds provide the public and policymakers with accurate information. Instead, the Department Education, typical Evidently, the federal agency doesn bother checking data before publishing fact. bloated agency with $59 billion budget, passed the buck the socalled civil rights data collection division, which apparently plays fast and loose with facts. the report with the skewed stats, schools were asked: Has there been least one incident your school that involved shooting (regardless whether anyone was hurt)? The Department Education should have known better than blindly publish the information. All had was check out the easily available figures provided reputable group that maintains reliable gun-safety database. (The database may viewed online here: http://jwatch.us/Everytown). For the same school year that the Education Department listed 235 shootings, the group had only 29. There little overlap between this list and the government with only seven schools appearing both, the NPR story says. Make Gift Appreciated Securities Judicial Watch Please consider transferring appreciated stocks, bonds, mutual fund shares that you have owned for more than one year Judicial Watch, before December 31. You will receive immediate income tax deduction for the value the securities the date transfer, matter what you originally paid for them, and you will pay capital gains tax. 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Watchdog Sues Pentagon Behalf Whistleblower who questioned contracts Spygate Figure The Daily Caller August 20, 2018 The watchdog group Judicial Watch suing the Department Defense behalf Pentagon analyst who said was stripped his security clearance after raising concerns about contracts given Stefan Halper, the FBI informant who spied the Trump campaign. Adam Lovinger, former analyst the Office Net Assessment (ONA), the Pentagon internal think tank, had filed public records requests seeking information about the Pentagon decision strip him his security clearance May 2017. Months earlier, Lovinger, 12-year veteran ONA, had filed complaint with his boss, ONA Director James The Verdict NOVEMBER 2018 President Tom Fitton appeared Cuomo Prime Time CNN, Sept. 2018 Baker, about contracts that went Halper well firm called Long Term Strategic Group, consulting company owned Clinton friend Jacqueline Newmeyer Deal. Justice Department official Trump crosshairs faces lawmakers Tuesday CNN August 28, 2018 (CNN) Bruce Ohr, the career Justice Department official targeted President Donald Trump creep and disgrace, facing grilling astonishing that the FISA courts couldn hold hearings Spy Warrants targeting Donald Trump. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton Republican lawmakers Tuesday Capitol Hill. The closed-door session expected focus Ohr relationship with Christopher Steele, the British spy behind the dossier that included salacious and unverified intelligence Trump and Russia. *** central the universe Christopher Steele and the Clinton-DNC-funded dossier and the investigation and targeting President Trump, said Tom Fitton, the president Judicial Watch, conservative watchdog group that has sued obtain government documents about Ohr. Ohr relationship with Steele has roots far beyond Steele work for Fusion GPS into Trump. Washington mourns McCain, Trump tends grievances Twitter The Washington Post September 2018 President Trump, who has relished standing apart from Washington See MEDIA page the Media Media From page political establishment, found himself more isolated than ever Saturday, airing his latest grievances and retreating his private golf course Virginia his peers gathered pay homage the late senator John McCain. *** another pair tweets Saturday his million followers, Trump promoted article from CNSNews. com, conservative website, that suggested recent report from Judicial Watch, conservative government watchdog group, contained bombshell revelation: U.S. surveillance court failed hold any hearings when granting and renewing warrants monitor the movements and communications ex-Trump campaign adviser Carter Page 2016 and 2017. Trump quoted Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton alleging corruption within the FBI and Department Justice and the leadership those agencies being out lunch seeking accountability. The New York Times fails acknowledge the crises public confidence The New York Post September 2018 *** leaked portions his testimony, Ohr said warned the FBI that Steele was determined block Trump election and that Ohr wife, Nellie Ohr, Russian specialist, was working with Steele compiling the anti-Trump manifesto. Such facts would help judge get balanced view Steele motives and the FBI conflicts interest. *** But the FBI reportedly never mentioned Ohr warnings FISA judges admitted fired Steele. And now learn, thanks Judicial Watch lawsuit, that FISA judges never held single hearing before approving the request spy Page. This month marks the two-year anniversary those events, but still the public remains largely the dark about what appears illicit attempt the FBI block Trump election. Trump Quotes Judicial Watch: FISA Hearings Page Warrants NewsMax September 2018 President Donald Trump, pair tweets Saturday, attacked FBI and Department Justice officials about the surveillance warrants issued his former campaign aide, Carter There were FISA hearings held over Spy documents, said the first tweet, moving quote Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton: astonishing that the FISA courts couldn hold hearings Spy Warrants targeting Donald Trump. isn about Carter Page, about the Trump Campaign. You got corruption the DOJ FBI. The leadership the DOJ FBI are completely out lunch terms See MEDIA page Earns Nationwide Media Coverage August 19, 2018 September 19, 2018 The following list partially details recent radio and television appearances Judicial Watch spokesmen, well general television and radio coverage Judicial Watch investigations and lawsuits. 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