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What Are Comey And The FBI Hiding? #HeadsMustRoll

Our friends at Judicial Watch have filed a new round of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits aimed at getting the FBI and Justice Department to meet their legal obligation to make public documents from the James Comey-era FBI.

As Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a recent email to supporters, the more we learn about the FBI under James Comey’s supervision the more we have reason to question the activities of the fired FBI Director. Comey ShrinkingBecause he has left a trail of suspicious activities in his wake, Comey now stands out as key figure in the Deep State’s illicit attempts to target President Trump.

And it looks like the Deep State is protecting Comey still. Judicial Watch was forced to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit for FBI records about former Director Comey’s book, which he signed to write in August 2017 and is set for publication in April 2018 (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice, (No. 1:18-cv-00220)).

The Judicial Watch suit also seeks records of communications between Comey and the FBI prior to and regarding Comey’s controversial June 2017 testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

That suit was filed on January 31 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia after the Justice Department failed to respond to the Judicial Watch August 14, 2017, FOIA request for:

All records of communications between the FBI and Comey prior to and regarding Comey’s testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on June 8, 2017.

All records of communications between the FBI and Comey relating to an upcoming book to be authored by Comey and published.

All records, including but not limited to forms completed by Comey, relating to the requirement for prepublication review by the FBI of any book to be authored by Comey with the intent to be published or otherwise publicly available.

Comey reportedly received an advance in excess of $2 million for his book, Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, reportedly set for publication on April 17th. Former FBI agents and officials intending to write books concerning their tenure are customarily required to submit the entire transcript for pre-publication review.

A month after President Trump fired Comey on May 9, 2017, Comey provided highly controversial testimony before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about the circumstances that led to his dismissal, the ongoing investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s illicit email server. During that testimony, Comey admitted he leaked information about his conversations with President Donald Trump in order to get a special prosecutor appointed. (In November, Judicial Watch filed a separate FOIA lawsuit against the Justice Department for its records about Comey’s testimony.)

Comey seems to have protected status for any misconduct, and the public deserves to know if he had a special deal for his book from his friends in the FBI. The Deep State is in cover-up mode. “The FBI, DOJ, and the Special Counsel are stonewalling our requests for Comey documents,” said Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton.

In addition to the lawsuits cited above, Judicial Watch as several other lawsuits pending for Comey-related records:

Two lawsuits (here and here) seek specifically the “Comey memos” ((Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:17-cv-01189)) and (Daily Caller News Foundation v. U.S. Department Justice (No. 1:17-cv-01830));

One lawsuit seeks metadata of the “Comey memos” and related records-management information ((Judicial Watch, Inc., v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 17-cv-01520));

And another lawsuit seeks non-disclosure agreements pertaining to the handling, storage, protection, dissemination, and/or return of classified information signed by Comey ((Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:17-cv-01624)).

On January 11, U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg ordered the FBI to turn over the “Comey memos” for in camera review by the court. In doing so, the court rejected arguments by the Sessions Justice Department to dismiss the lawsuits seeking the Comey information.

Unfortunately, on February 2, Boasberg ruled that the “Comey memos” would not be made public. Judicial Watch and the Daily Caller News Foundation almost immediately appealed the ruling.

We all owe the Judicial Watch team of lawyers and investigators and its president Tom Fitton a debt of gratitude for never letting up in their pursuit of the truth about the egregious conduct of the FBI’s former director.

We believe James Comey, and others, such as former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, must be made to account for their actions – publicly – and face the civil and criminal consequences of those actions.

Clearly, the FISA process is only as good as the people who participate in its processes. If the Lois Lerner “no one is responsible” scenario is allowed to playout again in the Trump surveillance case, then the Deep State will win again.

We urge CHQ readers to join us in using the social media hashtag #HeadsMustRoll and to sign our letter to Congress demanding a Special Counsel and select committee to investigate the abuses of the FISA process disclosed in the Nunes memo. This time heads must roll, or constitutional liberty will continue to be subvert by arrogant and unaccountable operatives of our own government.

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