(CNSNews.com) -- Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit on May 31 against the Department of Justice (DOJ) seeking its communications (and those of the FBI) with Congress about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants used to spy on Trump campaign official Carter Page and other members of the campaign.
“Judicial Watch’s latest federal FOIA lawsuit aims to uncover details of the DOJ/FBI obstruction and contempt for Congress on Spygate,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton in a statement. “The Deep State doesn’t want Congress, Judicial Watch, or the American people to see the full extent of its abuses targeting the Trump campaign and now President Trump.”
The lawsuit was filed in federal court because the Justice Department and the FBI did not respond to a separate Feb. 9, 2018 FOIA request seeking communications between DOJ officials and members of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary (USSCJ) and communications between DOJ officials and members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI).
According to the statement from Judicial Watch, the group currently has more than two dozen active lawsuits regarding the “DOJ cover-up of the abuses and the stonewalling of Congress related to the year-long Mueller investigation into alleged Russian collusion in the 2016 election.”
On Feb. 2, a memo regarding alleged FISA abuse was released by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee. The memo emphasized that the Clinton-DNC dossier on Donald Trump was “minimally corroborated,” but was still an essential part of the FBI and DOJ’s application for surveillance warrants to spy on Page.
On Feb. 7, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes wrote a letter to Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) Judge Rosemary M. Collyer to request transcripts of “any relevant FISC hearings associated with the initial FISA application or subsequent renewals related to electronic surveillance of Carter Page.”
Judge Collyer replied to Nunes on Feb. 15, saying that the FBI and DOJ “possess most, if not all” of these materials. She also said the Court has made it clear that they do not object to any decision from the Executive Branch to release any FISA materials to Congress.
On May 3, Judicial Watch sued the DOJ for copies of all transcripts of hearings that took place in FISC regarding the FISA applications and renewals relating to Page and/or Michael Flynn.