Judicial Watch Files Lawsuit for Records on FBI Deputy Director, Gov. McAuliffe, and Campaign Donations

Michael W. Chapman | September 1, 2017 | 2:35pm EDT
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(CNSNews.com) -- Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit today on behalf of retired FBI Special Agent Jeffrey A. Danik, seeking records on FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and political donations made in 2015 to McCabe's wife by groups overseen by Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Danik worked for the FBI for nearly 30 years.

As Judicial Watch explained in a press release, "In 2015, a political action committee run by McAuliffe, a close friend and political supporter of Bill and Hillary Clinton, donated nearly $500,000 to Jill McCabe, wife of [Andrew] McCabe, who was then running for the Virginia State Senate."

"Also, the Virginia Democratic Party, over which McAuliffe had significant influence, donated an additional $207,788 to the Jill McCabe campaign," stated Judicial Watch. "In July 2015, Andrew McCabe was in charge of the FBI’s Washington, D.C., field office, which provided personnel resources to the [Hillary] Clinton email probe."

The FOIA lawsuit (Jeffrey A. Danik vs. U.S. Department of Justice), filed in the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia, is seeking records about Andrew McCabe's alleged "conflicts of interest" regarding his wife's (Dr. Jill McCabe's) political campaign, "and McCabe's reporting to the FBI of any job interviews or offers," said Judicial Watch.

The FOIA seeks any text messages and emails of FBI Deputy Director McCabe containing the following: “Dr. Jill McCabe,” “Jill,” “Common Good VA,” “Terry McAuliffe,” “Clinton,” “Virginia Democratic Party,” “Democrat,” “Conflict,” “Senate,” “Virginia Senate,” “Until I return,” “Paris,” “France,” “Campaign,” “Run,” “Political,” “Wife,” “Donation,” “OGC,” Email,” or “New York Times.” 

Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, said, “We’re honored to help Mr. Danik hold accountable the FBI—the agency he served for decades. We believe Mr. McCabe’s text messages and emails will be particularly enlightening to the public seeking answers about the [Hillary] Clinton email debacle.”

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Danik said, “I am saddened by how the FBI’s reputation has been tarnished by the poor judgement and ethics of its leadership. I know I’m not the only retired (or serving) FBI special agent who is concerned about Mr. McCabe’s conflicts of interest on the Clinton email matter."

"The agency seems to be illegally hiding records about this scandal," said Danik, "which is why I’m heading to court with Judicial Watch.”

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