Tag: Tom Fitton

Trump Slams FBI Director Wray, Says Bureau Has “No Leadership”

President Trump slammed FBI Director Christopher Wray after tweeting a quote from Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton claiming the bureau has “no leadership.”

Fitton’s comments also claimed Wray was protecting the “gang” that attempted to overthrow President Trump through an “illegal coup.”

In yesterday’s tweet, the President wrote, “Just another abuse of power in a long series of abuses of power by the Democrats that began during the Obama Administration, continued through the Mueller FBI operation, & now the baton has been passed to Jerry Nadler to continue to abuse power to harass President Trump….and the Democrat National Committee-The Democrat Party apparatus-has been caught using donor Dollars to Collude with Russian Intelligence to attack a domestic political opponent (me). The FBI has no leadership. The Director is protecting the same gang…..that tried to……..overthrow the President through an illegal coup.” (Recommended by previous DOJ) @TomFitton @JudicialWatch

Last week, during a Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing, Wray contradicted Attorney General William Barr saying he wouldn’t use the term “spying” to describe the actions taken by the FBI against the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.

Wray said, “Well, that’s not the term I would use” when asked about Barr’s use of the word “spying.”

“Well, I mean, look, lots of people have different colloquial phrases. I believe that the FBI is engaged in investigative activity and part of investigative activity includes surveillance activity of different shapes and sizes,” Wray said.

“To me, the key question is making sure that it is done by the book, consistent with our lawful authorities,” the FBI director continued. “That’s the key question. Different people use different colloquial phrases.”

Last month, Democrats lost their minds when Barr said that “spying did occur” during a House Appropriations Committee hearing.

Barr recently doubled down on his claims, telling Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) he wouldn’t stop using the term “spying” to describe what happened to the Trump campaign.

Whitehouse asked, “You used the word spying about authorized DOJ investigative activities…In the entirety of your previous career at the Department of Justice including as attorney general have you ever referred to authorized department investigative activities, officially or publicly, as spying?”

“I’m not going to abjure the use of the word ‘spying,’” Barr said. “My first job was in CIA. I don’t think the word ‘spying’ has any pejorative connotation at all.”

He continued, “I think spying is a good English word that, in fact, doesn’t have synonyms because it is the broadest word incorporating really all forms of covert intelligence collection, so I’m not going to back off the word ‘spying,’ except I will say I’m not suggesting any pejorative and I use it frequently…”

Barr pointed out that many members of the media use the term “spying” to refer to authorized surveillance activities.

“Frankly, we went back and looked at press usage and up until all the faux outrage a couple of weeks ago, it’s commonly used in the press to refer to authorized activities,” he said.

“It’s not commonly used by the Department,” Whitehouse said.

Barr replied, “It’s commonly used by me.”

Documents Reveal “Cover-up” Discussions Relating to Clinton Email Scandal

Conservative Watchdog group Judicial Watch has uncovered 422 pages of FBI documents showing evidence of “cover-up” discussions from the IT company, Platte River Networks, which managed Hillary Clinton’s email server.

FBI notes of an interview with an unidentified Platte River Networks employee in February 2016 show that the IT company “gave someone access to live HRC archive mailbox at some point.”

**LISTEN:  Dan discusses the stunning new revelations from the Capitol Hill testimony of Attorney General Bar**

The notes go on to show an email from Dec 11, 2014 which reads, ““Hillary cover up operation work ticket archive cleanup.”

The unidentified employee said that the “cover up operation” email “probably related to change to 60 day [sic] email retention policy/backup.” The subject indicated that he didn’t “recall the prior policy.” The notes also indicated, “[Redacted] advised [redacted] not to answer questions related to conv [conversation] w/DK [David Kendall] document 49 – based on 5th amendment.”

Other documents uncovered by Judicial Watch include:

  • A Platte River Networks email between redacted parties on December 11, 2014: “Its [sic] all part of the Hillary coverup operation <smile> I’ll have to tell you about it at the party”
  • An Email from Platte River Networks in August 2015: So does this mean we don’t have offsite backups currently? That could be a problem if someone hacks this thing and jacks it up. We will have to be able to produce a copy of it somehow, or we’re in some deep sh*t. Also, what ever [sic] came from the guys at Datto about the old backups? Do they have anyway [sic] of getting those back after we were told to cut it to 30 days?”
  • In March 2015, Platte River Networks specifically discusses security of the email server: [Redacted] is going to send over a list of recommendations for us to apply for additional security against hackers. He did say we should probably remove all Clinton files, folders, info off our servers etc. on an independent drive.

Documents show the IT company also used BleachBit on Clinton’s email server which was downloaded from a vendor called SourceForge at 11:42 am on March 31, 2015 and was used to delete files from Clinton’s server.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton says, “Judicial Watch uncovered new ‘cover-up’ records on the illicit Clinton email system that further demonstrate the sham nature of the FBI/DOJ ‘investigation’ of hee. These shocking new documents show that various Obama agencies were protecting Hillary Clinton from the consequences of her misconduct. It is well past time for the DOJ to stop shielding Hillary Clinton and hold her fully accountable to the rule of law.”

For the full report, click HERE.

WATCH LIVE: Oversight Subcommittee Hearing on Clinton Foundation Schemes

Watch a livestream the House oversight subcommittee on government operations hearing on the Clinton Foundation. The hearing is scheduled to take place at 2:00 p.m. ET.

The hearing, titled, Oversight of Nonprofit Organizations: A Case Study on the Clinton Foundation will feature the following speakers: Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch, Phillip Hackney, Associate Professor of Law at University of Pittsburgh,  Lawrence W. Doyle, Managing Partner at DM Income Advisors and John F. Moynihan, Principal at JFM and Associates.

**LISTEN: Dan discusses why he thinks the time is up for the Clinton Foundation**

PURPOSE:
  • To discuss the management of 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and how the designation impacts the programs and activities a nonprofit is allowed to conduct.
BACKGROUND:
  • 501(c)(3) organizations are not permitted to be organized or operated for the benefit of any private individual and are only permitted to engage in minimal political activity. When a nonprofit organization violates these terms, defrauds contributors, or engages in impermissible political activity, the IRS may revoke its tax exempt status.

Hillary Under Oath: Judge Rules Clinton Must answer These Two Questions Under Oath

Judicial Watch announced today that a federal judge has ruled that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has 30 days to answer questions under oath about her email server.

The questions date back to 2016, when Clinton was required to submit answers to Judicial Watch’s multiple inquiries under oath.  She refused, and instead responded that she did “not recall” 20 separate times in her answers concerning her personal email system.

After what Judicial Watch describes as a “lengthy hearing” yesterday, Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled that Clinton must answer the following two questions under oath:

  1. Describe the creation of the clintonemail.com system, including who decided to create the system, the date it was decided to create the system, why it was created, who set it up, and when it became operational.
  2. During your October 22, 2015 appearance before the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Benghazi, you testified that 90 to 95 percent of your emails “were in the State’s system” and “if they wanted to see them, they would certainly have been able to do so.” Identify the basis for this statement, including all facts on which you relied in support of the statement, how and when you became aware of these facts, and, if you were made aware of these facts by or through another person, identify the person who made you aware of these facts.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said of the ruling, “It is shameful that Judicial Watch attorneys must continue to battle the State and Justice Departments, which still defend Hillary Clinton, for basic answers to our questions about Clinton’s email misconduct.”

The court refused to unseal deposition videos of Clinton State Department officials such as Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills. it also upheld Clinton’s objections about why she refused to stop using her personal Blackberry device as a form of communication, despite security warnings from State Department personnel.

The hearing and court ruling are part of the latest developments in Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit about the employment status of Clinton’s former deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin, who was engaged in outside employment while serving at the State Department. The case was reopened, Judicial Watch explains, because of the discovery of Clinton’s use of a private email server.