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This May Be the Most Important Federal Judge You’ve Never Heard Of
Lifezette ^ | 2/5/18 | Mark Tapscott

Posted on 02/05/2018 2:22:05 AM PST by markomalley

Judge James E. Boasberg ruled Friday against making public former FBI Director James Comey’s seven memos describing his conversations with President Donald Trump. And by doing so, the jurist protected — at least for now — a key potential witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of allegations of collusions between the president’s 2016 campaign and agents of the Russian government.

Boasberg is a member of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) — the judicial body created in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

A Yale and Oxford graduate, Boasberg is hardly known to the American public despite deciding cases of immense political significance recently. His father worked in the Office of Economic Opportunity, the central agency in President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “Great Society” deluge of federal programs.

Comey wrote the memos because, he told the Senate Intelligence Committee last year, he feared Trump “might lie about the nature of our meeting, so I thought it important to document.” Four of the memos contain classified information; three of them do not.

Trump fired Comey on May 9, 2017, a fact that could be significant if Mueller brings obstruction of justice charges against the chief executive. Comey’s memos could provide insight into Trump’s intent in removing the FBI chief.

Boasberg ruled against an ideologically diverse coalition of journalists and transparency advocacy groups who had filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for copies of the Comey memos.

Boasberg agreed with Department of Justice (DOJ) attorneys who argued releasing the memos would compromise an ongoing criminal law enforcement investigation — namely, the Mueller probe. Exemption 7 of the FOIA permits documents to be withheld under such circumstances.

There is no doubt Mueller is using the Comey memos in some fashion because, as Boasberg observed in his opinion, “the special counsel has ‘gathered’ or ‘used’ each of the Comey memos for his investigation.”

But the memos won’t remain hidden from public examination forever. At some point in the future, the Mueller operation and related litigation it may initiate will end. If anybody at that point still cares, it will be difficult for federal officials to keep the documents under wraps.

Boasberg was appointed to the FISA panel by Supreme Court Chief Justice but it was in his capacity as a U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, which hears FOIA cases. Boasberg was appointed to the District Court by President Barack Obama in 2011.

The Comey memo decision isn’t Boasberg’s first handling of a controversial public disclosure case. He ruled against Judicial Watch, which is also among the plaintiffs in the Comey case, and kept photographs of the slain Osama bin Laden out of public view.

In another case involving Judicial Watch, Boasberg ruled in the nonprofit’s favor, ordering the Department of State to release more than 14,000 emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

And in a fourth recent case that drew intense public interest, Boasberg ruled against another non-profit transparency advocate, the Electronic Privacy Information Center’s request that Trump’s federal tax returns since 2010 be made public.

There is a fifth case of major significance that may involve Boasberg. When the DOJ and FBI asked the FISC court to approve a warrant enabling comprehensive surveillance of Carter Page, a volunteer Trump adviser, in 2016, a FISC judge approved the request.

Three subsequent government requests to continue the Page surveillance were also approved. Was Boasberg the judge in any of those four decisions? Applications and decisions of the FISC court are by definition classified and thus exempt from disclosure, so the answer to that question will probably never be known.

And as if there weren’t enough twists and turns in the Comey memo saga in which Boasberg figures so prominently, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley has reviewed the documents.

In a Jan. 3, 2018, letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the Iowa Republican is demanding answers from DOJ and the FBI about Comey’s sharing at least some of the memos with a friend, Columbia University Law School Professor Daniel Richman.

Among Grassley’s questions are these three, the answers to which could determine the legal fates of multiple figures in the Russia scandal, including most especially Comey:

Have you initiated an investigation into the matter of whether Mr. Comey improperly disclosed classified information by providing these memoranda to Professor Richman? If so, what is the status of the investigation? If not, why not?

Has there been any review of whether the disclosure of the memoranda by Mr. Comey was otherwise improper, such as whether it violated his employment agreement or any Department rule or policy? If so, what is the status of the review? If not, why not?

When did the FBI mark the four memoranda as classified, and who made the classification decision?

As with so many other congressional requests for documents sandbagged by DOJ and the FBI, Grassley has not commented publicly about responses to his letter.

But he has read the Comey memos and that may make Grassley a guy who could shape the ultimate outcome of the Russia scandal.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; US: California; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: 2011; 20170509; 20180103; 201802; andrewmccabe; boasberg; california; charlesgrassley; christopherwray; danielrichman; devinnunes; fbi; fisa; fisacourt; fisc; iowa; jamesboasberg; jamescomey; jameseboasberg; judicialwatch; obamaappointee; perjury; peterstrzok; robertmueller; rodrosenstein; steeledossier
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1 posted on 02/05/2018 2:22:05 AM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley

One of the known CORRUPT CROOK’s WIFE is an attorney that FIGHTS FOIA requests....can’t remember her name.

2 posted on 02/05/2018 2:42:47 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion....... The HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: markomalley

Anyone else ntice a change in the Rats PR? For a solid year they have been proclaiming that “Mueller would get Trump” but all of a sudden it is “all we want to now from the ‘Russia investigation’ is what happened so we can stop it”. Seems curious to me. Not that I believe them for a moment, they are after Trump as much as ever but it seems suddenly they can’t say so anymore.

3 posted on 02/05/2018 2:51:06 AM PST by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: Ann Archy

I believe you are referring to Lisa Barsoomian, Rod Rosenstein’s wife.

4 posted on 02/05/2018 3:06:58 AM PST by pugmama (Ports Moon.)
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To: pugmama

THAT’S the one!! Rod Rosenstein’s WIFE, Lisa Barsoomian, FIGHTS FOIA requests!!!

5 posted on 02/05/2018 3:13:40 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion....... The HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: markomalley

We live in a nation where the Director of the FBI writes a memo for himself recording a conversation with another person (the president). There is classified information in those memos. His recollections are his own and he does not advise the other party of the existence of the memos or allow the other party to review the memos for accuracy. It is possible these memos are pure fiction, are incomplete, or are purposefully crafted to create a false impression.

The Director, Mr. Comey, then gives the memos to a third party (a friend) with the express understanding some or all of the information in the memos will be leaked to the press. The friend is not cleared to receive classified information. In addition, the memos themselves may legally be government documents which Mr. Comey is not authorized to release without approval. The unauthorized, and possibly illegal, transfer of these memos to a third party and the press set in motion a series of events which have resulted in a constitutional crisis. Central to that constitutional crisis is a claim the election of the current president of the United States, by the people of the individual states, is not legitimate.

Subsequently the memos have been seen by a variety of public officials including the special prosecutor, Mr. Mueller, politicians from both political parties, members of the media, and likely many other people including foreign governments through their spying operations. Yet a federal judge rules the American people cannot see these memos central to the claims the election was rigged and illegitimate.

How does one individual, a federal judge, have the audacity to deny the people access to government documents which are freely accessible to hundreds of people, including the press, and which can be freely shared by any of those with access to them. Perhaps it is long past time the people bring out the tar, feathers, and pitchforks to challenge the arrogance of the ruling class. We certainly can’t count on our elected representatives in the people’s legislature (Congress) to do their job and reign in the black robed tyrants on the federal bench.

6 posted on 02/05/2018 3:29:52 AM PST by Soul of the South (The past is gone and cannot be changed. Tomorrow can be a better day if we work on it.)
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To: Ann Archy

is this mope THE FISA warrant judge? Just might be.

7 posted on 02/05/2018 3:42:09 AM PST by dennisw (The strong take from the weak, but the smart take from the strong)
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To: Soul of the South

The answer is the corrupt “Judge” was appointed to cover
up crimes. The “Judge” and every other corrupt
one must be impeached, removed, and indicted.


8 posted on 02/05/2018 3:49:56 AM PST by Diogenesis
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To: Soul of the South

Great post. This should be shouted from the rooftops. If we didn’t have a complicit media hiding this, they would be asking exactly these questions. Imagine if the parties were reversed. This would be covered 24/7.

9 posted on 02/05/2018 3:50:02 AM PST by generally ( Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: Soul of the South


10 posted on 02/05/2018 3:52:27 AM PST by KSCITYBOY (The media is corrupt)
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To: generally

I would love to see Judge Jeanine Pirro layout the family connections between so many media folks and high level Government employees and polticos.
She clearly lays her cases out in the opening segment of her shows. She could show why the media hide so much info from the public.

11 posted on 02/05/2018 4:03:27 AM PST by Betty Jane
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To: markomalley
Over my 20 year career in the Army I had several occasions to write Memorandum For Record (MFR) about actions, situations, or conversations. It is the classic CYA move. I filed the original, sent copies each to the individual involved, my boss (or his boss, if it was about him), and his or her boss. It was my way of saying "I won't stand idly by while X occurs".

I didn't give them to a "friend".

12 posted on 02/05/2018 4:07:49 AM PST by Feckless (The US Gubbmint / This Tagline CENSORED by FR \ IrOnic, ain't it?)
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To: dennisw

I’ve only heard one name...Rudy Contreras.

13 posted on 02/05/2018 4:18:39 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion....... The HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Feckless

It was recently reported that the leaking “friend” was in a privileged position as Comey’ attorney.

14 posted on 02/05/2018 4:38:30 AM PST by Susquehanna Patriot (Do Leftist/Liberals Really Believe That Dissent = Highest Form of Patriotism?)
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To: Susquehanna Patriot

So, he either violated attorney client privilege or just another co-conspirator.

15 posted on 02/05/2018 4:40:29 AM PST by Feckless (The US Gubbmint / This Tagline CENSORED by FR \ IrOnic, ain't it?)
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To: markomalley

How about this! Dissolve the FISA Court! It invites corruption. Secret is NEVER GOOD in a Free Society. It;s long past time we started on the road back to being one.

16 posted on 02/05/2018 5:01:25 AM PST by vette6387
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To: Feckless
he either violated attorney client privilege

Actually, if he was Comey's attorney and used the documents on behalf of his client the other side [all other sides] has/ve a right to the documents.

17 posted on 02/05/2018 5:17:13 AM PST by AndyJackson
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To: markomalley

Two Words :

0bama & appointed .

18 posted on 02/05/2018 5:26:51 AM PST by Lionheartusa1 ()-: There is nothing DEMOCRATIC about the democrat party ,, stop using that term :-()
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To: All

Clyde Shelton is on Line 1.....

19 posted on 02/05/2018 5:51:04 AM PST by Maverick68
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To: markomalley

While it is serious enough that the FBI used tainted evidence and arguments to get a spying warrant and the FISA judge may have been truly in the dark about its sources. But this brazen move by Boasberg, himself a FISA judge, begs the question: “Is it possible that FISA judges KNEW the application was tainted, but for malice toward Candidate, and later POTUS Trump, they approved and granted the warrant anyhow, for their own political reasons?” I submit, as Exhibit-A, the fact that the taint of the warrant app has been revealed, and there is nothing but crickets’ chirping being heard from the direction of the FISA Court!

20 posted on 02/05/2018 5:58:04 AM PST by Tucker39 ("It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible." George Washington)
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