Judicial Watch Sues CIA Over Communications That Reportedly Targeted President Trump

Michael W. Chapman | February 1, 2022 | 12:58pm EST
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Gen. Milley speaks with then-President Trump on the House floor. (Getty Images)
Gen. Milley speaks with then-President Trump on the House floor. (Getty Images)

(CNS News) -- The government watchdog group Judicial Watch has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for communications between then-CIA Director Gina Haspel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley in 2020-21, which reportedly involved the targeting of President Donald Trump. 

As reported in Newsweek, in the days after the 2020 presidential election, Haspel apparently told Milley, "We are on the way to a right-wing coup."

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton in a statement said, “It ought to be disturbing to all Americans that the head of the CIA and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs were reportedly conspiring against the President of the United States."

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.  (Judicial Watch)
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. (Judicial Watch)

“Our new lawsuit will hopefully ferret out the truth about any plots to undermine President Trump by the military and CIA," added Fitton.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, notes that Judicial Watch filed a standard FOIA request with the CIA in September 2021, but this request was ignored.

As a result, Judicial Watch has sued and is requesting the following information,

  1. All records of communication between CIA Director Gina Haspel and Gen. Mark Milley between November 1, 2020, and January 20, 2021.
  2. All records regarding all meetings between CIA Director Haspel and Gen. Milley between November 1, 2020, and January 20, 2021. This includes all summaries, notes, and transcripts, as well as all records created in preparation for, during, or pursuant to any such meeting.
Former CIA Director Gina Haspel.  (Getty Images)
Former CIA Director Gina Haspel. (Getty Images)

Following the disastrous U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan in August 2021, former President Trump reportedly said of Gen. Milley, "That's when I realized he was a f---ing idiot."

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