Was the FISC uninformed of the illegal actions of Comey and others — or was it complicit?
On same day Trump releases Nunes memo, a federal judge keeps the Comey memos secret
Richard Pollock, DCNF
February 3, 2018
On the same day the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released the Nunes memo showing the FBI relied on the salacious and unverified Trump dossier to obtain a surveillance warrant on Carter Page, a federal judge ruled to withhold the Comey memos. The memos, authored by former FBI Director James Comey, are about his nine private conversations with President-elect and President Trump.
U.S. District Judge James Boasberg, who ruled in favor of the FBI’s request to keep the Comey memos secret, also sits on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The FISA court is the same court that approved the surveillance on Trump associates.
Boasberg refused to release the documents on the basis they were still being used by special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation of the alleged Russian collusion with Trump associates.
The judge ruled, “the Comey Memos, at least for now, will remain in the hands of the Special Counsel and not the public.”
“It’s unfortunate, but not at all surprising, to see a FISA court judge side with secrecy over transparency on the very day the House Intelligence Committee released a very troubling example of abuse of trust within the FISA system,” said Christopher Bedford, the editor-in-chief of TheDCNF.
On March 16, one week after Trump fired Comey, the public first learned the former FBI director had penned a memo on a Feb. 14 Oval Office meetings with President Trump.
Comey told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in June 8 testimony that he authored secret memos of all his meetings and conversations with President-elect and President Trump.
He testified that after his first conversation with then-President-elect Trump, he “felt compelled to document.” He said he “began to type … on a laptop in an FBI vehicle outside Trump Tower the moment [he] walked out of the meeting.”
Ever since news organizations and nonprofit watchdog groups filed Freedom of Information Act requests seeking the memos, the FBI has been steadfast in refusing to release them.
News organizations — including The Daily Caller News Foundation, CNN, and USA Today — sought the Comey memos under the Freedom of Information Act in June 2017. Judicial Watch, Freedom Watch, the James Madison Project and journalists Garrett Graf and Lachlan Markay also requested the documents.
The FBI quickly declined to release all nine memos, stating on June 16, “The records responsive to your request are law enforcement records. There is a pending or prospective law enforcement proceeding relevant to these responsive records, and the release of the information could reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings.”
The District Court accepted followup lawsuits by the news organizations and nonprofit groups in July. On July 31, the suits were consolidated into a single lawsuit.
The FBI privately entered affidavits and other evidence before Boasberg to convince the judge to withhold the memos. None of the plaintiffs were able to review the FBI documents.
Boasberg said the FBI affidavits would be shared with the plaintiffs if they appealed the case.
The Nunes memo, which was declassified on Friday, concluded the FBI withheld from the FISA Court the origins and the financiers of Trump dossier when it was presented before the court.
The FBI used the dossier as evidence submitted before the court in order to obtain wiretap warrants on Trump associate Carter Page, the memo charges.
Read the article HERE. (all emphasis is mine)
You know, I get the FISC would be so secretive and that a non-biased judge might rule in their favor. However, in this case, why did any judge that actually sits on the FISC not recuse himself from the court case? And, why did he not (as the court case judge) do what he said when the plaintiffs appealed the case?
Considering all that has happened in the last year or more, this only highlights to me one more reason to believe that the conspiracy, treason, and the weaponizing of the federal agencies was systemic and not confined to DoJ, FBI, or State Department.
We have seen over the last eight years more than a few examples of how a controlling government politics has been used as a strong arm weapon against citizens. All of which smacks of third world tactics. This is horrifying to me.