DECEMBER 14, 2017
A conservative watchdog group said Thursday that it has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit into the FBI’s removal and reassignment of a top counterintelligence official from special counsel Robert Mueller’s team probing Russian meddling in the U.S. election.
Judicial Watch announced it had filed the lawsuit for all employment forms and records of FBI agent Peter Strzok’s involvement in the Russia case after it said the FBI failed to respond to its prior FOIA request in August.
The group is also requesting all “related records of communication” between FBI employees or representatives.
“It is disturbing the FBI has stonewalled our request about the Mr. Strzok demotion for four months,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement.
“One can only conclude the FBI and Justice Department (including Mr. Mueller’s operation) wanted to hide the truth about how Strzok’s and Page’s political biases and misconduct have compromised both the Clinton email and Russia collusion investigations.”