Watchdog Sues FBI For Failure To Turn Over Comey "Exit Papers"

After scoring a major court victory on Thursday in its years-long pursuit of any and all emails sent by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pertaining to the Sept.11, 2012 attack in Benghazi, watchdog group Judicial Watch has announced that it’s suing the Department of Justice for failure to turn over records pertaining to former FBI James Comey’s handling of the infamous “Comey memo."

The group is escalating its fight to learn everything it can about the memo that Comey allegedly wrote following a meeting with President Donald Trump where, Comey claims, the president improperly pressured him to drop the bureau’s investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Specifically, Judicial Watch would like to know how Comey was allowed to walk out the door with a copy of this memo. There’s a strong legal argument that the document, because it was written in his official capacity as FBI director, belongs to the Justice Department and unlawfully taking it would be a felony offense.

Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Justice for all non-disclosure agreements pertaining to the handling, storage, protection, dissemination, and/or return of classified information that were signed by or on behalf of former FBI Director James Comey (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:17-cv-01624)).


“The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia after the Justice Department failed to respond to a June 13, 2017, FOIA request seeking “any and all non-disclosure agreements pertaining in full or in part to the handling, storage, protection, dissemination, and/or return of classified and/or sensitive information that were signed by or on behalf of former FBI Director James Comey.”  Such records would include:


  • All SF-312 (Classified Information Nondisclosure Agreement) forms
  • All FD-857 (Sensitive Information Nondisclosure Agreement) forms
  • All FD-597 (Receipt for Property Received/Returned/Released or Seized) forms
  • All FD-291 (FBI Employment Agreement) forms
  • All Case Briefing Acknowledgement forms”

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said it’s “outrageous” that JW has had to push so hard for what should be readily available public information.

“How is it the FBI allowed Mr. Comey to walk out the door with sensitive documents about President Trump?” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. 


“It is remarkable that we have to sue the FBI in federal court to get these answers about this scandal.”

Judicial Watch has filed several lawsuits seeking more information about the Comey memo. Back in June, it sent a warning letter to the FBI reminding it of its obligation to “recover records” – i.e. the memo, which has never been made widely available to the public.  

“In June, Judicial Watch sent the FBI a warning letter concerning the FBI’s legal responsibility under the Federal Records Act (FRA) to recover records, including memos Comey subsequently leaked to the media and unlawfully removed from the Bureau by former Director James Comey.

Judicial Watch later filed a FOIA lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice for information about Comey’s memorandum written after his meeting with President Trump regarding potential interference by the Russians in the 2016 presidential election (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:17-cv-01189).”


In July, Judicial Watch filed a FOIA lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice for the metadata for the memoranda written by Comey memorializing his conversations with President Donald Trump as well as records about Comey’s FBI-issued laptop computer or other electronic devices and records about how Comey managed his records while he was FBI Director (Judicial Watch, Inc., v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 17-cv-01520)). The metadata information may include details about when the memos were created or edited and by whom."

Comey said during testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee in June that he understood the memo to be “my recollection as a private citizen” and that he felt it was important to get it out. Trump responded with an angry tweet claiming that Comey’s decision to leak the memo was “so illegal.” During his Senate testimony, Comey described how he turned over the memo to a friend, later revealed to be Columbia Law Professor Daniel Richman, who eventually leaked it to the New York Times on Comey's behalf. We’ll see what Trump - who enjoys sticking it to his opponents and rivals when they're down - has to say about the suit, if anything. With the tense rhetoric and tensions surrounding the US and North Korea, the commander-in-chief may not have time for one of his favorite hobbies: Bashing the FBI and its former director.

Read the full lawsuit below:

JW v. DOJ Comey Exit Records Complaint 01624 by zerohedge on Scribd



NeedtoSecede jane says Fri, 08/11/2017 - 17:55 Permalink

I love JW, and what they have been trying to do, but it doesn't seem to matter.  They produce evidence, they file lawsuits, and FOIA requests so fast and so often it makes my head spin. They have exposed so much corruption and criminality it is depressing. But nothing ever happens...  Cankles is still free despite all the lawsuits and evidence JW has made public just over the past 18 months.  They alone have produced more than enough evidence to indict Cankles, but nothing is done!  I feel bad for everyone at JW. They are doing some awesome work, but in this environment of total corruption (all branches of .gov and a corrupt media complex) it seems like the effort is being wasted...

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Rex Andrus Cognitive Dissonance Fri, 08/11/2017 - 22:04 Permalink

The magnitude of the war is proportional to the crime being covered, plus the dividends of the war. For instance WW1 blanked the criminal 16A and made it possible for the Rothschilds to cut in on the Guelph dynsaty and WW2 holocausted Russian christians and enabled (((them))) to cut both the Germans and the French out of the anglo dominion. Next stop: cut the anglos entirely out of the equation, scrub all lesser partners, darkness.
Obviously afterward factions will eat each other, but their greed is too shortsighted to see their own end game. Meh. Alien hybrids come and go.

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One of We Fri, 08/11/2017 - 17:53 Permalink

“How is it the FBI allowed Mr. Comey to walk out the door with sensitive documents about President Trump?”He could of at least had the decency to stick them down his pants or stuff them in his shoes a la Sandy Burglar.....

Fishy Rickster Fri, 08/11/2017 - 17:52 Permalink

Donate to Judicial Watch.  I consider it an investment in my country, that is a hell of a lot more valuable to me than any taxes I've paid.  But be prepared for the Judicial Watch follow-up to that donation.  They are an aggressive group, which I admire in them.

Blanco Diablo Fri, 08/11/2017 - 18:01 Permalink

Ed Klein, in a story from Newsmax, is now reporting that Sessions has offered Hillary Clinton a plea agreement. Why would Session's do this? There was never a proper investigation done during the Obama Administration, and Sessions starts by offering a plea deal to the Godfather? This is ludicrous and speaks volumes about who controls the corrupt little General.  Sessions has spent most of the 6 months of Trumps presidency unconstitutional asset forfeiture laws that mostly steal assets from innocent citizens. Eighty percent of the assets seized last year were taken from people who hadn't been convicted of a crime. Over $4 billion in assets have been seized since 2007. Sessions other pet project is jailing medical Marijuana patients and shutting down dispensaries in states that have legalized Cannabis. Sessions needs .to be fired immediately for all our sake. Americans naively believe that we still have a free press in this country. What we have today is no different than Soviet Cold War propaganda read by actors and actresses in short skirts. Every word is carefully scripted and is not meant to inform you but to confuse you. Few people under 50 pay any attention to the news at all, which is why it is so easy for them to be led around like sheep with these ongoing false narratives. The flood of illegals and refugees was called for in the "Cloward and Piven Plan" back in 1966 to overload and blow up the US Welfare system. A recent study showed that illegal immigration costs taxpayers $150 billion per year. Where is the outrage?

MurkeyJane Blanco Diablo Sat, 08/12/2017 - 10:37 Permalink

Hillary is guilty of so many crimes - which one is this plea agreement for?  Benghazi?  Breach of security?  Pay to Play? Illegal Private Server? Lying before Congress? Subversion?  Willing participant and/or orchestrator in rigging an election?  Manipulating media for political gain?  Foreign collusion - UK, Bosnia, Haiti, Russia?  The Russian Nuke Deal?  Clinton Foundation being run like a government?  Foreign political donations?  One plea on one crime does not eliminate other charges that would, could, and should be brought against her and her affiliated cartels - which includes affiliations with NGOs to promote a Soros global agenda.  As far as where the outrage is, the outrage is by the will of the people - taxpayers of all walks of life went to the polls to see that Trump was elected.  IMHO, of course.

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johand inmywallet Fri, 08/11/2017 - 18:06 Permalink

It is because the justice department, The FBI and all the other alphabet agencies do not serve the best interest of the people, only the best interest of themselves and their pensions.

Neochrome Fri, 08/11/2017 - 20:06 Permalink

If we are on the topic of the "puzzling" questions, how is it legal for DNC and McStain to hire former UK spook to trawl Russian sources for any dirt on Trump? Like if some Russian gets paid to come up with some fairy tale featuring prostitutes and body fluids it is forwarded to FBI, OMG look at this, meanwhile we will have probably a hundreds of millions of dollars investigation trying to tie anyone in Trump administration to any source in Russia.

Dratpmurt Sat, 08/12/2017 - 04:51 Permalink

Poor Trumptards are going to have to live with Trumps status as a criminal. Grow the fuck up and pull the orange cock out of your mouth. If nothing else Trump id guilty of incompetence.

Thom Paine Sat, 08/12/2017 - 07:11 Permalink

Comey's leaked memo is Undoubedly a felony.It is absolutely from any perspective FBI and govt property.If it were just a normal FBI agent they would be in jail right now.

Blanco Diablo Sat, 08/12/2017 - 07:13 Permalink

AG Sessions Vaccinated against Arkancide!Sessions Blocks Access to Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi EmailsJudge Andrew Napolitano reveals the State Department and Department of Justice are blocking access to the emails.