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Judicial Watch Sues To Expose The REAL Collusion Scandal

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December 6, 2018
last modified: December 6, 2018

DECEMBER 03, 2018


Clinton-DNC Used Law Firm to Pay for Anti-Trump Dossier

(Washington, DC) — Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Justice seeking records of all meetings in 2016 between former FBI General Counsel James Baker and the Perkins Coie law firm. The Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) reportedly paid Fusion GPS to create the “salacious and unverified” Clinton-DNC anti-Trump dossier.


The lawsuit cites a specific media report that FBI top lawyer Baker met with Perkins Coie lawyers to discuss allegations of collusion between Donald Trump and Russia. The meeting reportedly took place weeks before the 2016 election and before the FBI secured a controversial FISA spy warrant targeting then-candidate Trump’s campaign.


Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia after the DOJ failed to respond to an October 9, 2018, FOIA request (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:18-cv-02617)) seeking:


All records concerning any and all meetings between former FBI general counsel James Baker and one or more attorneys from Perkins Coie, the Democratic National Committee’s private law firm during 2016.


On October 4, 2018, Fox News reported that Baker told congressional investigators that Perkins Coie lawyer Michael Sussmann “initiated contact with him and provided documents and computer storage devices on Russian hacking.” The contact was made in late 2016 as federal investigators prepared a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to spy on Trump campaign aide Carter Page.


At the time, Perkins Coie had hired opposition research firm Fusion GPS to dig into President Trump’s background. Fusion GPS paid British ex-spy Christopher Steele to compile the anti-Trump dossier, memos from which were shared with the FBI in the summer of 2016.


The DNC and Clinton campaign’s funding of the unverified dossier was revealed in a memo from House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes which was disclosed publicly on February 2, 2018.


According to an October 24, 2017, report, Perkins Coie lawyer Marc E. Elias retained Fusion GPS in April 2016 on behalf of the Clinton campaign and DNC: “The Clinton campaign and DNC, through the law firm, continued to fund Fusion GPS’s research through the end of October 2016, days before Election Day.” Fusion GPS gave Steele’s dossier and other research documents to Elias.


“The real collusion scandal is the hand-in-hand effort by the Clinton campaign and the Obama DOJ/FBI to spy upon and destroy Donald J. Trump,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said. “The FBI, pulled by the troika of Comey/McCabe/Strzok, became an arm of the Clinton campaign. And our new lawsuit aims to get to the bottom of the massive scandal.”

Comments (60)

  • Stan Areted

    You betcha!

  • Ziemia

    A non-topic until the information is released.

    Trump has said he was going to release (declassify as needed). Why hasn't he? Maybe because he knows it will reveal what he says isn't true.

  • Becca Reese

    kaych, thanks for the YouTube video. I didn't realize the FBI met with Steele 13 times and paid him cash 11/13 times.Wut?

  • Joaniepoanie

    Just how many Hillary investigations are the right going to have? It's become laughable.

  • chase_gw

    It never ceases to amaze me how illogical Trump supporters are and how they believe every thing they are told by Trump and FOX...unquestioningly.

    For there to be a "cover up " of illegal activity the DOJ , including Whitaker, the IG, and Wray, would have to be involved. Don't they see how absurd that is?

    The IG is doing an investigation, the DOJ is involved. Why not just let the official investigations play out........you really thunk Judaical Watch is impartial!!!!

  • margievank

    Just how many Hillary investigations are the right going to have? It's become laughable.

    Not since what we have learned from all the "fix" in for Hillary from the FBI......Hillary should be looked at through a fresh set of eyes. The Judicial Watch is our best hope;)

  • cattyles

    Good luck with that, fingers crossed!!

  • chase_gw

    Judicial Watch better than the DOJ IG, better than Whitaker, better than Wary.........Okey Dokey

  • margievank

    Yeah, the left likes to bury their head in the sand when it comes to Crooked Hillary. Why is that? What happened to let's keep investing? What happened to if you have nothing to hide, why not let the investigating continue? This is what is said about Trump and the Russia collusion BS.

  • margievank

    The Clinton's probably have to speak in sign language at home. LOL

    I just got through reading the Jane Hawk series by Dean Koontz, so my mind is a wonder...

  • chase_gw

    "why not let the investigating continue?"

    You mean like this ........


    "The IG is doing an investigation, the DOJ is involved. Why not just let the official investigations play out..."

  • HU-418372106

    Judicial Watch. Lol lol lol.


  • HU-418372106

    Don't take the bait!!!

    This is conspiracy theory, InfoWars propaganda.

  • HU-418372106

    This is stuff, that racist, conspiracy theorist, Jerome Corsi, now cooperating with Mueller, from World Net Daily spews.

    Know the source, know the OP! If it's not the anti science conspiracies, it's the Clinton Obama, conspiracies filled with racism and white nationalism.

  • cattyles

    Good luck with that, HU. HTers are utterly unable to resist bait. It has been demonstrated endlessly.

  • kaych

    Just how many Hillary investigations are the right going to have? It's become laughable.

    With someone as corrupt as Hillary, there could never be enough! If so called equal justice would be applied to just one of them, she would be spending her last days in the Big House along with many others who have done far less. So if keeping her out of the White House is the best justice we'll ever see, then that oh so joyous miracle will have to do, & because of that we find that all the corruption we knew about before the 2016 election, only scratched the surface!

  • katrina_ellen

    Hopefully HC will get everything she deserves.

  • chase_gw

    Nah....she deserved the WH but that boat has sailed so she won't get all she deserved.

    ETA It astounds me that anyone can think HC corrupt and Trump not!

  • HU-418372106

    Try to ignore the white supremacist bait!

  • Ziemia

    Guess the indictments filed against Hillary can only be seen by the most strident Trump Fan. Truth is she has been investigated by several investigaters over several years. And the results found ....

  • Ann

    "Trump has said he was going to release (declassify as needed). Why hasn't he? Maybe because he knows it will reveal what he says isn't true."

    Possibly, he's waiting for just the right moment.

  • nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

    I have a sure fire money making idea -- custom designed conspiracy theories.

    Whatever the alleged crime (we know you are innocent!), we craft a wide ranging (or locally focused, your choice!) conspiracy theory -- deep state to one-man despot -- that is out to screw you, and only you.

    The fainting couch business that Jill and I have has been dormant lately, but with the promise of more indictments by Mueller, we should see a spike in orders.

  • Ann

    "Guess the indictments filed against Hillary can only be seen by the most strident Trump Fan. Truth is she has been investigated by several investigaters over several years. And the results found …."

    Like Comey?

  • chase_gw

    Even Nunes isn't hounding the WH anymore for the "FISA" warrant details.....possibly he already saw it and .....ooooooppppps

  • Becca Reese

    chase, I think Nunes is disgusted that things moved so slow and their window is basically closed now.

  • chase_gw

    Oh so Nunes just gave up.......even though Trump is his best buddy and could release anything?

    Republicans have been going after Hilary for years and they aren't about to stop...but not one single thing has come of it. The IG found no political wrongdoing as relates to the Email investigation.

    Next year the worm will turn and no doubt the Trump supporters will be apoplectic at the investigations into Trump

  • kaych

    kaych, thanks for the YouTube video. I didn't realize the FBI met with Steele 13 times and paid him cash 11/13 times.Wut?

    I found that shocking as well, I knew they paid them, but 11 times? & there were 13 meetings? Also, unbelievable was that the FBI actually used JW's FOIA work to question Hillary et al in their sham investigation!?! The most appalling of all however, is that if we ever do get to the complete & honest truth about the weaponization of the US gov't against it's own people, it will not even matter as long as the criminals wear a "D" behind their name, just like some here who refuse to believe the well known fact that RW'ers had nothing at all to do with the "Steele Dossier"!


  • margievank

    Margie> my mind is a wonder...
    No comment.

    -F

    LOL- you comment to not comment lol....

  • kaych

    Republicans have been going after Hilary for years and they aren't about to stop...but not one single thing has come of it. The IG found no political wrongdoing as relates to the Email investigation.

    That's not true! There are plenty of laws proven to have been broken, just none they wanted to hold her to account for. You actually think the current Trump investigation is being handled in the same way that Hillary's email investigation was handled? If so, please name the comparisons.

  • chase_gw

    "There are plenty of laws proven to have been broken, just none they wanted to hold her to account for."

    Can you name one? Name a law she has been PROVEN to have broken. Hint ...........proven to have broken the law happens in court.

    Also be serious in knowing what transgressions of her pursued for years by the Republicans were ever referred to the FBI for investigation and what the results were?

  • Ziemia

    Ken Starr? Trey Gowdy? Rob Goodlatte?

  • Ziemia

    "The Justice Department, at least one congressional panel, and special prosecutors all probed the reason for the firings. Independent Counsel Ken Starr found no blame rested with Bill Clinton. Another independent counsel scrutinized Hillary Clinton's involvement and statements about the firings but seven years after the event, he found no basis to bring any charges against her."

  • Ann

    I just started a new thread about William Barr as a potential AG nominee. It appears he has opinions about previous Clinton investigations or lack thereof.

  • kaych

    Pretty amusing that you not only skirted my question about comparing the 2 investigations, but then asked me a question! For starters , the answer to your question is that yes it has been proven that subpoened info was destroyed.


  • adoptedbyhounds

    "Judicial Watch better than the DOJ IG, better than Whitaker, better than Wary.........Okey Dokey"

    No, DOJ has the documents, it just doesn't want Americans to see them. That's why Judicial Watch has stepped in to get them.

  • chase_gw

    Do you mean that the DOJ is complicit in concealing information from the American people......what a sad state. Do you have proof of that? Why wouldn't the President of the United States put an end to that?

  • Joaniepoanie

    Yeah...the mostly Republican FBI had the "fix" in for Hillary.

  • mrskjun

    You referring to those FBI agents who were fired or demoted because of their political bias Joanie?


  • Becca Reese

    mrskjun, McCabe was fired for lying. Dying on the Hillary hill after so many years of service.

  • adoptedbyhounds

    "Do you mean that the DOJ is complicit in concealing information from the American people......what a sad state."

    If you read the first paragraph of the OP, you know that Judicial Watch filed a FOIA lawsuit. DOJ has a long history of refusing to turn over FOIA information until it is forced to do so.

  • Ziemia

    Trump could force the requested documents to be released. He has said he would several times. Why has he not done so?

  • Ziemia

    News from this summer but Fox News has a article today I think

    CNN’s Erica Orden reported Tuesday that, since the spring, Mueller made additional referrals to prosecutors in the Southern District of New York regarding whether US lobbyists failed to register their work supporting the Ukrainian government. Those referrals include Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta and lobbyist and ex-Minnesota GOP Rep. Vin Weber.

    Sources told CNN that former Obama White House counsel Greg Craig was also referred by Mueller to federal prosecutors in New York.

    https://www.vox.com/2018/7/31/17637426/robert-mueller-ukraine-lobbyists-tony-podesta-vin-weber-greg-craig

  • elvis

    chase_gw

    Do you mean that the DOJ is complicit in concealing information from the American people......what a sad state

    You're right, Chase. For an answer, just look at JP's post following yours:

    Joaniepoanie

    Yeah...the mostly Republican FBI had the "fix" in for Hillary.

    JP is sarcastic, but she does illustrate the widespread belief that the FBI is political. Not good.

  • Ziemia

    Sarcasm detector in for repairs?

    Point was 'why would the FBI - a traditionally conservative and Republican leaning - give a pass to Hillary?'

  • adoptedbyhounds

    "Trump could force the requested documents to be released. He has said he would several times. Why has he not done so?"

    Not quite.

    The documents President Trump decided not to release deal with FISA.

    The DOJ and some foreign "allies" claimed their release would be dangerous to American and some foreign interests. So President Trump, as Tom Fitton explains in the video Kaych provided, asked the IG to look at them first. Tom Fitton says they're still waiting for the IG to weigh in. That's why those documents haven't been released.

    The documents Judicial Watch asked for in October are detailed in the lawsuit it just filed.

  • kaych

    Gotta Love Tom Fitton & Judicial Watch!

    More from Judicial Watch:

    Judicial Watch announced today that, in a ruling excoriating both the U.S. Departments of State and Justice, U.S. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth has ordered both agencies to join Judicial Watch in submitting a proposed schedule for discovery into whether Hillary Clinton sought to evade the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by using a private email system and whether the State Department acted in “bad faith” by failing to disclose knowledge of the email system. The decision comes in a FOIA lawsuit related to the Benghazi terrorist attack.

    Specially, Lamberth ruled:

    … the Court ORDERS the parties to meet and confer to plan discovery into (a) whether Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email while Secretary of State was an intentional attempt to evade FOIA; (b) whether the State Department’s attempts to settle this case in late 2014 and early 2015 amounted to bad faith; and (c) whether State has adequately searched for records responsive to Judicial Watch’s requests.

    Terming Clinton’s use of her private email system, “one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency,” Lamberth wrote in his MEMORANDUM OPINION:

    … his [President Barack Obama’s] State and Justice Departments fell far short. So far short that the court questions, even now, whether they are acting in good faith. Did Hillary Clinton use her private email as Secretary of State to thwart this lofty goal [Obama announced standard for transparency]? Was the State Department’s attempt to settle this FOIA case in 2014 an effort to avoid searching – and disclosing the existence of – Clinton’s missing emails? And has State ever adequately searched for records in this case?

    At best, State’s attempt to pass-off its deficient search as legally adequate during settlement negotiations was negligence born out of incompetence. At worst, career employees in the State and Justice Departments colluded to scuttle public scrutiny of Clinton, skirt FOIA, and hoodwink this Court.

    Turning his attention to the Department of Justice, Lamberth wrote:

    The current Justice Department made things worse. When the government last appeared before the Court, counsel claimed, ‘it is not true to say we misled either Judicial Watch or the Court.’ When accused of ‘doublespeak,’ counsel denied vehemently, feigned offense, and averred complete candor. When asked why State masked the inadequacy of its initial search, counsel claimed that the officials who initially responded to Judicial Watch’s request didn’t realize Clinton’s emails were missing, and that it took them two months to ‘figure [] out what was going on’… Counsel’s responses strain credulity. [citations omitted]

    Thanks toJudicial Watch, the American public was made aware of Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

    Hillary Clinton conducted official business on a non government server so she could hide her Clinton Foundation pay-to-play while she was head of the Department of State.

    Clinton lost her security clearance last month.

    Tom Fitton says the public has a right to know the truth about Clinton’s private server.

  • Becca Reese

    abh, they forget about the IGs.

  • adoptedbyhounds

    "abh, they forget about the IGs."

    I remembered Trump changed his mind about releasing some documents, and remembered the DOJ was frantic to stop him. I must admit I had forgotten they were FISA documents, and that the President had decided to let the IG do a review first.

    It does seem a bit odd they're still waiting though, don't you think? Wonder what the hold up is.

  • Ziemia

    Trump has been in charge of State for nearly two years. His people are in charge. State and Justice are part of the Executive branch. Why the need for drama from JW? A need to rile up the loyals now that the mid-term rallies have ended?

  • margievank

    Why yes we do, LOL

    _M

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