Looking to prove that “President Donald Trump is on to something” regarding his accusations that the Obama administration wiretapped his campaign last year, the watchdog group Judicial Watch has filed a lawsuit against three government agencies demanding access to records pertaining to the investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Two months ago, intelligence officials revealed they were investigating Flynn over communications made the previous year between him and Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States, as noted at the time by CNN.
Specifically, the officials claimed that, during routine eavesdropping targeting Russian diplomats late last year, they overheard Flynn promising that Trump would remove former President Barack Obama’s sanctions against Russia once he stepped into office.
According to Judicial Watch, this “evidence” — which led to Flynn’s resignation — could be the smoking gun needed to prove Trump’s accusations are true.
“President Trump is on to something,” the organization’s president, Tom Fitton, announced in a statement Monday. “The Obama-connected wiretapping and illegal leaks of classified material concerning President Trump and General Flynn are a scandal.
“Judicial Watch aims to get to the truth about these crimes and we hope the Trump administration stands with us in the fight for transparency,” he added.
Judicial Watch originally tried to obtain this information two months ago via Freedom of Information requests directed to the Central Intelligence Agency, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
The agencies reportedly refused to respond, thus spurring Judicial Watch to file a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against all three agencies.
“In its complaint, Judicial Watch asks the court to order the agencies to search for all records responsive to its FOIA requests and demonstrate that they employed reasonable search methods; order the agencies to produce by a specific date all non-exempt records and … (an) index of all withheld records; and instruct the agencies to cease withholding all non-exempt records,” the group noted in its statement Monday.
Since this suit was just filed, it may be some time before any results are public. Still, the potential repercussions of this suit — evidence being uncovered proving Obama purposefully spied on Trump — could be “yuge.”
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