Skip to comments.Judicial Watch Sues Justice Department for Emails, Texts of Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson
Posted on 12/03/2019 11:14:23 AM PST by jazusamo
Full title: Judicial Watch Sues Justice Department for Emails, Texts of Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson
Seeks All Atkinson Communications Regarding Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Anthony Weiner, Twenty-Fifth Amendment and/or Presidential Impeachment, Including Emails and Text Messages with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and His Staff
(Washington, DC) Judicial Watch announced today it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for communications records of Michael K. Atkinson former Assistant Attorney General in DOJs National Security Division (NSD) from 2016 to 2018 and currently Inspector General of the Intelligence Community (ICIG) regarding Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Anthony Weiner, the Twenty-Fifth Amendment and/or presidential impeachment; and for all emails and text messages with Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) and members of Schiffs staff.
The suit was filed after the Justice Department failed to respond to an October 1, 2019, FOIA request ( Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:19-cv-03566)). Judicial Watch seeks:
The NSD falls under the direct supervision of the assistant attorney general.
During Atkinsons tenure at NSD, he was senior legal counsel , first to NSD head John Carlin (Robert Muellers former chief of staff when Mueller directed the FBI) and later to acting NSD head Mary McCord . McCord accompanied then-Acting Attorney General Sally Yates to see White House Counsel Don McGahn regarding Michael Flynn.
During the period Atkinson was legal advisor to Carlin and later McCord, the FISA court found there was significant non-compliance with the NSAs minimization procedures involving queries of data, otherwise known as spying, under the Obama administration. Additionally, during this period, DOJ-NSD was working in coordination with the FBI Counterintelligence Unit on Operation Crossfire Hurricane , which included former FBI officials Bill Priestap, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. Page was the intermediary between FBI Counterintelligence and DOJ-NSD.
Since becoming Inspector General, Atkinson also has come under scrutiny for his handling of the so-called whistleblower complaint raising concerns about President Trumps dealings with Ukraine, which became the basis for the ongoing impeachment proceedings against Trump:
After listening to Atkinson testify about the whistleblower behind closed doors before the House Intelligence Committee on October 4, ranking Republican committee member Republican Devin Nunes (R-CA) said of him:
[The ICIG is] either totally incompetent or part of the deep state, and hes got a lot of questions he needs to answer because he knowingly changed the form and the requirements in order to make sure that this whistleblower complaint got out publicly. So, hes either incompetent or in on it hes either a quack or hes lying and hes going to have more to answer for, I can promise you, because we are not going to let him go; he is going to tell the truth about what happened.
Rep. Adam Schiff has yet to release Atkinsons testimony.
Mr. Atkinson has been a key Deep State official involved with questionable and abusive investigations of President Trump, stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. As Adam Schiff keeps Atkinsons testimony on the impeachment attack on President Trump secret, Judicial Watch goes to court for transparency under the law.
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What would we do if it weren’t for JW and Fitton? These folks find out more stuff in a week than Horowitz will have found out in over a year.
Right and I hope they go after Horowitz because all indications are hes building a total whitewash (as expected).
Shocking conflicts of interest here. It’s becoming completely obvious POTUS has exactly zero control of the DOJ and IC.
It’s far worse than that. The entire bureaucracy is allied against what Trump represents.
Franklin was prescient. A republic if we can keep it.
Exactly. It’s why you just have to chuckle when the “Trump can declass everything” crowd start tantruming. Trump may be POTUS but he is certainly not in control of the vast majority of the executive branch. Even his own staff/cabinet for that matter. McGahn, Kelly, Mattis, McMaster, etc. were all insubordinate and/or refused direction. Yet Trump endures. Only a towering historic figure could resist such forces arrayed against him.
This guy and all IG’s are just as dirty as the corrupt cabal of traitors they work for. Whoreofwits is no exception. Hang every last one of them, prime time, no masks.
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re: “Right and I hope they go after Horowitz because all indications are hes building a total whitewash (as expected).”
The IG’s worth is measured by the departments compliance with written procedure and supervisor sign-off of activities; WHAT they are actually investigating is of little consequence to the IG. That’s my thinking.
Judicial Watch just doing the work your useless GOP refuses to do!
I’m curious as to the reasoning that Schiff-for-brains is using to block the release of Atkinson’s testimony. Seems to me that this testimony given by an employee of the Executive Branch should be available to Pres. Trump.
I believe Trump can ORDER this Declassified. The fact that he doesn’t is very striking.
Yes, and yet Sessions had to recuse himself.
President Trump nominated Atkinson to be the ICIG- just such a bad bad move. Atkinson was and is loyal Obama/deep state.
I know. Such a valuable asset. Which we had more people like him.
I fear though it will take years to get the info. They will stall, lose, delete the information.
I’m not sure how this FOIA stuff works. But it seems like every FIOA request is ignored and JW has to file suit to get the info. And that wastes a lot of time.
Maybe they could skip the FIOA request and just file the suit instead? Or file the request, wait a week and then file the suit?
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