A conservative watchdog organization has filed lawsuits against U.S. Intelligence agencies over leaked classified material related to President Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn.
Judicial Watch announced Monday that it filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Department of Justice, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Department of the Treasury in an effort to obtain information about the investigation of the retired United States Army Lieutenant’s communications with the Russian Ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.
BREAKING → Judicial Watch Sues CIA, DOJ and Treasury Department for Records Related to Intelligence Leaks (1/2) https://t.co/Kl7N0E1lTn
— Judicial Watch ? (@JudicialWatch) March 6, 2017
National Security Agency Refuses to Confirm or Deny Existence of Records! (2/2) https://t.co/Kl7N0E1lTn
— Judicial Watch ? (@JudicialWatch) March 6, 2017
Flynn resigned last month after it was revealed he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about a phone call he had with Kislyak before Trump took office.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has also come under scrutiny following leaks about his meeting with the Russian envoy during the presidential campaign. The president has blamed former President Obama and his supporters for being behind the leaks that have plagued the new administration. Last week, he set off a firestorm after accusing Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower before the election.
Enough media hysteria — @JudicialWatch will get before a judge in Court and get the documents. Americans want facts. https://t.co/p3FIRrrRNA
— Chris Farrell (@cjtfarrell) March 6, 2017
“We’ve been looking into this story for months now and the only crimes connected to this Russian scandal we’ve been able to find so far are the illegal leaks of information and the violations of privacy by the Obama gang,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton told Breitbart News.
Judicial Watch: The Only Crimes in Russia Scandal Are from ‘Obama Gang’. #ObamaGate #WireTap
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— Carrie ❤️America?? (@carrieksada) March 7, 2017
Judicial Watch is suing the multiple agencies after they failed to respond to an initial FOIA request submitted Jan. 25. The National Security Agency’s response after the initial request was that it could “neither confirm nor deny the existence of such records.”
According to its announcement, the legal watchdog is seeking:
Any and all records regarding, concerning, or related to the investigation of retired Gen. Michael Flynn’s communications with Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak between October 1, 2016 and the present.
This request includes, but is not limited to, any and all related warrants, affidavits, declarations, or similar records regarding the aforementioned investigation.
For purposes of clarification, please find enclosed a CNN report regarding the investigation, which cites information that was provided to CNN by members of the Intelligence Community.
CNN reported on Jan. 23 that the government was investigating Flynn after calls “captured by routine US eavesdropping targeting the Russian diplomats” connected him. CNN added that intelligence officials had briefed Obama about Flynn’s conversations before he left office.
“In its complaint Judicial Watch asks the court to order the agencies to search for all records responsive to its FOIA requests and demonstrate that they employed reasonable search methods; order the agencies to produce by a specific date all non-exempt records and a Vaughn index of all withheld records; and instruct the agencies to cease withholding all non-exempt records,” the organization said in the statement.
“President Trump is on to something,”Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in the statement. “The Obama-connected wiretapping and illegal leaks of classified material concerning President Trump and General Flynn are a scandal. Judicial Watch aims to get to the truth about these crimes and we hope the Trump administration stands with us in the fight for transparency.”
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