Judicial Watch Sues CIA, DOJ For Intel Leak Records: "President Trump Is On To Something"

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Given that the Obama White House was (self-described as) "the most transparent administration ever," we hope that Judicial Watch's demands of the Trump administration will be met positively.

Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the United States Department of Justice and the Department of the Treasury regarding records related to the investigation of retired United States Army Lieutenant General Michel Flynn’s communications with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak (Judicial Watch v. Central Intelligence Agency et al. (No.1:17-cv-00397)).  (The National Security Agency refused to confirm or deny the existence of intelligence records about communications between Gen. Flynn and Amb Kislyak.)

Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit after the agencies failed to respond to a January 25, 2017, FOIA request 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.

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.

On January 23, 2017, the establishment shot itself in the foot as CNN reported that the government was investigating Flynn, former national security adviser to President Trump:

The calls were captured by routine US eavesdropping targeting the Russian diplomats, according to the intelligence and law enforcement officials. But the officials said some of the content of the conversation raised enough potential concerns that investigators are still looking into the discussions, amid a broader concern about Russian intelligence-gathering activities in the United States.


The officials all stressed that so far there has been no determination of any wrongdoing.


FBI and intelligence officials briefed members of the Obama White House team before President Barack Obama left office about the Flynn calls to the Russian ambassador, sources said.

“President Trump is on to something. The Obama-connected wiretapping and illegal leaks of classified material concerning President Trump and General Flynn are a scandal,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “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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buzzsaw99's picture

two men enter, one man leaves. [/aunty entity, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome ]

NoDebt's picture

It's impossible to believe that there were surveillance (FISA) orders on Trump or his campaign without Obama knowing about it.  Trump's right.  

Imagine Hillary and Obama sharing adjoining jail cells.  OK, enough fantasy.  Everyone get the fuck back to work.


Ghost of PartysOver's picture

I have said it before and I will say it again,  To bust up the Deep State / Shadow Gov't is going to take tremendous discipline and it will get unbelievably ugly.  Trump must prevail by growing the economy first and foremost because the household number one priority has been, is, and always will be putting food on the table and a roof over their head.  Second, Trump and the Republicans must fight dirtier than the Tribe.   I am talking investigations for treason, RICO for the riots, fraud for the money laundering, now throw into the mix Poitical Wiretapping... ect.   Also, it appears that Obama is now behind the scenes pulling the strings.  Going to have to go after his ass too!!!!!!!!!!!

 THIS IS GOING TO GET UGLY PEOPLE!  But must be done if there is any hope left for freedom loving people.

y3maxx's picture

Obama and his team believe they are chosen, protected and invincible....or so they think.

Time will tell.

Paul Kersey's picture

"Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the United States Department of Justice and the Department of the Treasury"

The Department of Treasury? Why that would have been Jack Lew:

"In June 2006, Lew was named chief operating officer of Citigroup's Alternative Investments unit, a proprietary trading group. The unit he oversaw invested in a hedge fund "that bet on the housing market to collapse." During his work at Citigroup, Lew had invested heavily in funds in Ugland House while he worked as an investment banker at Citigroup during the 2008 financial meltdown. Lew also had oversight of Citigroup subsidiaries in countries including, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, and Hong Kong; and during his time at Citigroup, Citigroup subsidiaries in the Cayman Islands increased to 113.

Lew co-chaired the Advisory Board for City Year New York. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Brookings Institution Hamilton Project Advisory Board, and the National Academy of Social Insurance. Lew was also a member of a member of the National Security Council."

So why is Judicial Watch seeking spying information from the former Secretary of the Treasury, a Deep State Globalist who bet on the housing market's collapse, and, by his practice, an expert in off-shore money laundering? Inquiring minds want to know.

Mr. Universe's picture

The thing that worries me most is the willingness to use a "scorched earth" policy if they lose. Them reptiles will burn the whole thing down if they are all going to go to jail anyways.

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xythras (not verified) Mr. Universe Mar 6, 2017 5:00 PM

Those tranny lovers can't stay put. They go for destroying everything/everyone that's moral in this country, Flynn this time.

Wonder who (Soros) finance them

Supreme Court Won’t say if Trans Teen can Pick Bathroom


Pinto Currency's picture

Putting a Demon in Trump Tower - the story of the Trump Tower server:


ReZn8r's picture

Exterminate the perps before they can scorch the earth. during the arrest/ chase to arrest, provoke them then blast away.

STP's picture

A CFR guy?  No way!  Go figure, they're not involved in anything, huh?

Yog Soggoth's picture

Judicial watch, oh those guys are a bunch of conspiracy theorists like all the people who voted for Trump. Probably nothing. Yeah, I'm laughing as I type.

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prime american (not verified) Yog Soggoth Mar 6, 2017 5:05 PM

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TeraByte's picture

Useful idiots are those, who do not realize of being conned. Somebody is laughing loudly behind your back.

herbivore's picture

There is a bottomless pit of individuals and actions ripe for investigation. My concern is that the DOJ and CIA are populated by Obaminables, perhaps higher than 90%. It's incredible but the federal government is divided into two camps: those loyal to Obama and those who don't care one way or the other. A tiny sliver are loyal to Trump, and that includes his cabinet who are largely NOT loyal to him or his policies. I absolutely believe he does not have the love or respect of the vast majority of the federal government, who see him as a temporary interloper that they must put up with for as brief a period of time as possible. If that's the case, how well can he function? They will deny him, if at all possible, what they don't want him to see or know. They will slow-walk any investigations into people or actions that comprise "their" side. What's called for is a wholesale reset, firing thousands and thousands of career civil servants, but is that even legally doable? Haven't they granted themselves what amounts to tenure? The people who work for the federal government really are The Untouchables.

seataka's picture

I was born at GWU Hospital in DC, your take is accurate

I'd like to hope there are a few patriots to the constitution in the Executive Branch and Judicial, but most end up going along to get along, one of the boys, and not rocking the boat...

Evil is a ponzi game, it must have always have  "up stats", but once any succesful effort is made  in any area, for example. take human trafficking and pedophilia, pizza-gate.....people begin to sing to save their souls..  what frightens me is that when criminals are cornered they will prefer global thermonuclear war to being prosecuted... There was a story last year about a record number of inquiries in the EU about which countries did not have extradition for war crimes...  Once you start on the road to truth from the existing delusion, there is no turning back, we are all, now, "ALL IN"

Something about cornered psychopaths I wrote on Quora re WWIII

Thanks for your posting..

Anything is better that WWIII


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Chris Dakota (not verified) Paul Kersey Mar 6, 2017 5:41 PM
Judicial Watch is a great organization!
SheepDog-One's picture

The thing is obama really isn't that crafty at all, when the TelePrompTer would break her turn into a mumbling stuttering prick, he's just a dumbass who got a free ride from the media and the 'black president' card.

HiHoAg's picture

You are correct sheep dog, valerie jarret is the brains of the outfit......why do you think that evil iranian cunt moved in with the mocha messiah?

Mr. Universe's picture

...always two there are, no more, no less. The only problem is Obummer is no apprentice, more like the CIA handler and her stooge.


Valerie moved in so's Michael would have 2 bitches to tag team. 

Bastiat's picture

I'm waiting for CNN to say something like: informed sources have revealed that someone who works at Judicial Watch has a cousin who is married to a Russian!!  FOIA is a Russian hack!  It's like Wikileaks!  It's just not fair!!  Any inquiry into Obama is racist!

JustPrintMoreDuh's picture

You really think they'll play the race card?  (struggling to contain laughter)

Got The Wrong No's picture

Hows this? Hillary just claimed she lost because she is a women. Dems live in an alternate reality. 

Mr. Universe's picture

or how about this one...

It was never easy for me, I was born a poor black child.

Akzed's picture

"I ain't no ways tarred..."

Patrick-Henry's picture

Excellent reference Mr. Universe...and very apropos...

"An Appeal to Arms and the God of Hosts is all that is left us."

Patrick Henry


Chupacabra-322's picture

@ Ghost,

Hubris. Complete, utter & in your Face Lawlessness. You're witnessing a Open, Lawless Society based on open Lawlessness.

We're a Bananna Repblic Nation of Men, not Law.

NoDebt's picture

It's definitely going to get uglier, Ghost.  Obama didn't have any problem wire-tapping OUR OWN ALLIES around the globe.  Didn't have a problem wire-tapping the AP or Fox News people.  Certainly didn't have an problem meddling in the election of another nation (Israel).  

It's a pattern of behavior with him and his administration.  The one good thing is that Obama is used to everyone kissing his ass and never questioning him.  He's soft.  Trump isn't that kind of cat.  He's going to end up hanging Obama with his own "Russia stole the election" narrative when this all blows right back onto Obama's front porch.  

Oldwood's picture

Obama and crew are guilty of EVERYTHING they have accused Trump&Co of....and much much more. They are desperate to put a lid on this. They started it and now it has been tit for tat dares. They attack Trump and Trump responds with his own allegations, of which they must divert with even more attacks. This will get (like it's not already) UGLY. Obama OWNS the deep state, but Trump is president. It will come down to how dedicated the ObamaBots are to their agenda versus their jobs and time off for good behavior.

NoDebt's picture

That's the universal truism of liberals.  They always accuse others of doing what they themselves have actually done.


Patrick-Henry's picture

"Obama and crew are guilty of EVERYTHING they have accused Trump&Co of....and much much more."

That's the Alinksy playbook through and through...

"An Appeal to Arms and the God of Hosts is all that is left us."

Patrick Henry

sleigher's picture

I pray you are correct.

NoDebt's picture

Trump will do a lot better than you think.  Remember Obama regularly got his teeth kicked in by Putin.  Why?  Because the fucker pushed back on Obama HARD- words matching actions.  Trump knows that game, too.  


dark pools of soros's picture

They're flipping out because all the new toys in the supra-police state toybox that was built during Bush/Clinton/Obama would be taken away from them.. they won't be able to use those spy toys anymore to control and destroy people, and worse, they know those toys would be used against them.. and they'll never get in office or have the same influence again if they can't hide their deviant methods


buzzsaw99's picture

nobody cares about ugly people. lulz

GunnerySgtHartman's picture

Something is going to come out of this that will essentially be a nuke to the Deep State.  I don't know what, or when, or how, but it will expose the Deep State and all of its inherently ugly nature. And when it does, people will be shocked at what comes out.  Why else would the Deep State be fighting it so hard?

This is more than just the Deep State trying to protect itself, because politicians in the past have promised to clean up DC and nothing like this ever happened.  The Deep State FEARS Trump because he is an outsider and, compared to the Deep State, essentially has nothing to lose.

crossroaddemon's picture

Oh please. Either Trump does the deep state's bidding or he's dead by fall. There isn't an option 3. Didn't you guys learn anything from the Kennedy murder?

HughBriss's picture

Nope.  The "enlightened ones" who frequent ZH legitimately believe Trump to be their -- and everyone else's -- Savior.  Nevermind his blatantly globalist cabinet picks and fervent bolstering of precisely the same swamp he promised on draining.  Oh no!  To these Titans of Thought, it is all just some Grand Strategy ploy to save us poor, poor Plebs from the Establishment.

Ugh.  It truly amazes me how similar the most zealous of Trump supporters are to the throngs of Obamabots that plagued the 2008/2012 elections.  The denial is quite strong.  The blinders are exceedingly secure.  Critical thought has been utterly suspended.  And absolute faith in their god de jure has been lovingly embraced.

Please grace me with your downvotes, ZH. The color red has a way of turning me on.




UncleChopChop's picture

like i suspect a lot of ZHers, i have serious reservations about a lot of trumps policies, but have clung to the prospect that he is the harbinger of the destruction of the status quo which is casting a shadow of death and destruction across the planet. unfortunately, he may still be that, but it's unlikely to occur in a way that doesn't itself cause more pain and destruction in its wake.

Nick Jihad's picture

Anyone that the MSM hates as much as they hate Trump, can't be all bad.

HughBriss's picture

I totally understand, bud!  I'd much, much rather have Trump as POTUS than Hillary "Thunder Cunt" Clinton.  Don't get me wrong.

Plus, I am kinda hoping to see the Trail of Tacos unfold.  You know, just to add a bit of excitement to the mix and put a temporary end to the monotony.  ;)

Yog Soggoth's picture

Don't ride in a convertable in Bush country with tall buildings around if you are a president? Don't let it out that you are proposing to but the greenback on a silver standard unless in a very secure place?? You are keeping us in suspense. Please do tell!

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ Gunnery,

This is now being referred to as Obamagate!

It is not unfounded that former President Obama would wire tap President Trump during the election process. This is because he has done this before. Here is a list of individuals who were wire tapped by the Obama Administration.

WikiLeaks released the following list on February 23rd (see link here) of Obama Administration wire taps:

* The US National Security Agency bugged a private climate change strategy meeting; between UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin;
* Obama bugged Chief of Staff of UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for long term interception targetting his Swiss phone;
* Obama singled out the Director of the Rules Division of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Johann Human, and targetted his Swiss phone for long term interception;
* Obama stole sensitive Italian diplomatic cables detailing how Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu implored Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to help patch up his relationship with US President Barack Obama, who was refusing to talk to Netanyahu;
* Obama intercepted top EU and Japanese trade ministers discussing their secret strategy and red lines to stop the US “extort[ing]” them at the WTO Doha arounds (the talks subsequently collapsed);
* Obama explicitly targeted five other top EU economic officials for long term interception, including their French, Austrian and Belgium phone numbers;
* Obama explicitly targetted the phones of Italy’s ambassador to NATO and other top Italian officials for long term interception; and
* Obama intercepted details of a critical private meeting between then French president Nicolas Sarkozy, Merkel and Berluscon, where the latter was told the Italian banking system was ready to “pop like a cork”.

In addition to the above list we also know now that Obama wire tapped various individuals in the US media that were reporting information not flattering to the Obama Administration. It is widely known that Obama’s Justice Department targeted journalists with wiretaps in 2013:

* In 2013 the liberal Washington Post expressed outrage after the revelation that the Justice Department had investigated the newsgathering activities of a Fox News reporter as a potential crime in a probe of classified leaks. The reporter, Fox News’ James Rosen and his family, were part of an investigation into government officials anonymously leaking information to journalists. Rosen was not charged but his movements and actions were tracked.
* Also in 2013, members of the Associated Press were also a target of the surveillance. The ultra liberal New Yorker even noted that “In moderate and liberal circles, at least, the phone-records scandal, partly because it involves the dear old A.P. and partly because it raises anew the specter of Big Brother, may well present the most serious threat to Obama’s reputation.”
* Reporter Sharyl Attkisson said in 2014 that her personal computer and CBS laptop were hacked after she began filing stories about Benghazi that were unflattering to the Obama administration. A source who checked her laptop said the hacker used spyware “proprietary to a government agency,” according to an article in the New York Post.

Update – WikiLeaks tweeted overnight that the Obama Administration spied on their journalists as well:


GunnerySgtHartman's picture

Good on calling it "ObamaGate."  Maybe now we can knock Obummer off of his pedestal!

Ghost of PartysOver's picture

PS:  For those that have not clued in

You only need a FISA Order for Wiretapping or other surveillance if you intend on preceding with legal action.   The Court of Public Opinion IS NOT a legal action.  Only thing needed in the Trump situation is a few willing people.  Period.

jus_lite_reading's picture

Agreed. It may even take some daily watering of the Tree to get things done. Not yet, but we'll see how easy the corrupt politicians let go.

Paul Kersey's picture

"Trump and the Republicans must fight dirtier than the Tribe."

So are Trump's inner circle of Carl Icahn, Jared Kushner, Jason Greenblatt, Steven Mnuchin, Gary Cohn, David Friedman, Stephen Miller, Boris Epshteyn, David Shulkin, Wilbur Ross, Reed Cordish and Avrahm Berkowitz the "Republicams", or are they the "Tribe"? What about Trump's big money donors, Sheldon and Miriam Adelson, Mel Sembler, Ron Weiser, Steve Wynn, Elliott Broidy, Laurie Perlmutter, whose husband Isaac is an Israeli-American, Rebekah and Ron Mercer, and Gail Icahn, wife to activist investor Carl Icahn? Are they the "Republicans" or are they the "Tribe". If they ARE the Tribe, should the Republicans dirty-fight them? If you want to dirty-fight the Tribe, should you start by fighting with the those "Republicans" who have almost total access to the Trump White House?

Jack's Raging Bile Duct's picture

Your priority #1 is incorrect. History shows that people are most apathetic and apolitical when there is food on the table. The system has to crack before it will crumble.

outsider9's picture

disagree. Many are willing to sacrifice for the premise of justice served.

seataka's picture

The only shredder big enough for the magnitude of their crimes is unfortunately, WWIII.

I had thought that  the global warming hoax was a shore story to make first use tenable. I mean, you could say by pushing that red button you were saving the world by the soot induced nuclear winter of even a regional event.(note)

note: Even a regional nuclear exchange would create a global nuclear winter because of one word, PLASTIC... plastics make soot when they are burned...the amount plastic crap, cars, furnatue, clothes, electronics...  makes even  an exchange of a few strikes on cities catastrophic globally...  There was no plastic yet in 1945, just bakalite