Washington watchdog Judicial Watch has been busy following the scandal-on-scandal soup in Washington involving Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, emails, the “dossier,” spying on President Trump and more.
Now it’s in court seeking the records of communications between former FBI General Counsel James Baker and anti-Trump “dossier” creator Christopher Steele.
“The real collusion scandal of the 2016 election is the effort by the Clinton campaign and the Obama DOJ/FBI to spy on and destroy President Donald Trump,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said. “And it looks like the FBI is covering up documents on this Russiagate scandal, which is why Judicial Watch is again in federal court.”
Judicial Watch said it has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice for records of communications between Baker and Steele between January 2016 and January 2018.
The organization is in U.S. District Court in Washington to force the FBI to comply with its earlier Freedom of Information Act request for documentation.
Judicial Watch wants records, such as emails, text messages and instant chats, between Baker and Steele.
And it seeks communications involving Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS, former GPS contractor Nellie Ohr and Mother Jones reporter David Corn.
“The FBI claimed it had no responsive records, but Baker was deeply involved with the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign and is currently the subject of a criminal investigation for leaking to the media,” Judicial Watch said.
Further, the FBI’s claim is undermined by Baker’s own “closed-door” testimony to Congress just a few months ago “in which he reportedly testified that David Corn, a reporter at the far left Mother Jones magazine, had provided him with a copy of the anti-Trump dossier the day after President Trump’s 2016 election victory. Baker also reportedly testified that he believed at the time Corn received the dossier from Simpson, the co-founder of Fusion GPS,” Judicial Watch said.
The ties are like a spider’s web. Nellie Ohr is the wife of former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, and he was described by Judicial Watch as a key conduit between Steele and fired FBI chief James Comey, who later called claims in the dossier “salacious and unverified.”
Nevertheless, the dossier was used by the Obama Justice Department as evidence before a secret court to obtain a warrant to spy on the Trump campaign.
Last August,Judicial Watch filed a related action, demanding records of the Ohrs involvement with the dossier, as well as meetings with the FBI and others.
The law firm Perkins Coie had hired Fusion GPS to dig into President Trump’s background. Judicial Watch said Baker told congressional investigators that Perkins Coie lawyer Michael Sussmann “initiated contact with [Baker] and provided documents and computer storage devices on Russian hacking.”
Baker also advised top FBI officials during the Hillary Clinton email scandal, the watchdog said. He left his role as general counsel in January 2018 and resigned from the FBI in May 2018.
Last October, Judicial Watch was in court asking for documents regarding government payments of about $1 million to Stefan Halper, who is directly involved with three key targets of special counsel Robert Mueller.
Judicial Watch demanded the Defense Department provide documents regarding the contracts under which he took that money.
“Americans want to know if the Defense Department was working with the corrupt FBI, DOJ and other Obama agencies to spy on Donald Trump,” Fitton said at the time.
“Our new lawsuit against the Defense Department will help determine to what extent it was helping to finance any Spygate targeting of President Trump.”
The organization also is demanding transcripts of the government actions regarding Carter Page, the Trump campaign adviser who was monitored by the federal government under Obama.