On the same day FISA memo is released, a federal judge calls into question something equally alarming

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

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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)

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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.

–Uriel–

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17 Responses to On the same day FISA memo is released, a federal judge calls into question something equally alarming

  1. SafeSpace says:

    Was it complicit? Well, duhhh. Just following the lead set by the 9th Circus Court.

  2. Whitetop says:

    More FBI coverup w/assistance from a federal judge who should not be ruling on the release since he sits on the FISA court. I’m beginning to think the FISA court should be abolished.

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  4. Wise Owl says:

    The fragrance of bullshit is wafting across the country. I can only hope that the sequestered Jeff Sessions is truly draining the swamp with the alleged 9000 sealed indictments, but am not holding my breath. The Swamp MUST BE drained!!!

    • Uriel says:

      the problem is….did the Republicans get terrified enough with the train wreck to NOT EVER go to court? It does but a MILITARY TRIBUNAL may be the only way to accomplish the task.

  5. TONYA PARNELL says:

    FISA COURT–RUBBER STAMP FOR OHOMO

  6. Hardnox says:

    Good post. It is horrifying. Most of the weaponizing began with the Patriot Act.

    • Uriel says:

      I thought about that as well. I remember how angry I got listening to Junior’s speeches. It made my skin crawl then. Now seeing how it allowed Obama so much leeway he shouldn’t have had. It makes me furious. The other major thing was the setting up of DHS.

  7. Navyvet says:

    More reinforcement for my long time firm belief that finding an honest judge anywhere is virtually impossible, Excuse my use of the words honest and judge in the same sentence.

    • Uriel says:

      Judges are just as capable of errors as anyone. However when they consistently err, mock our laws, circumvent our constitution, and are found to be inept at their jobs like everyone else, they should not be in the position.

  8. Tony Green says:

    It will all lead to Hillary Clinton-naturally Bill Clinton also. Loretta Lynch has a big foot in the door on this also. ALL who had ANYTHING to do with this type of treachery and lying should be jailed.

    • Uriel says:

      Welcome Tony. They should be but until I see the door clang shut, I am left to wonder — Will they all ever?

      • Diego Dave says:

        if anyone who was involved in this cesspool of criminality from previous administration gets indicted, it will only be those who are not african american…they will be served up to placate those who expect justice, providing cover for aformentioned others.

        batears, lynchetta, smolder, etc will get off; one of the reasons being is prosecution is afraid of fergueson missouri being repeated across the country…shouldnt happen that way but most likely will.

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