Judicial Watch Sues State Dep't Over Amb. Nuland's Communications on 'Trump-Russia Dossier'

Michael W. Chapman | April 5, 2019 | 3:36pm EDT
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Former Secretary of State John Kerry and Deputy Secretary of State
Victoria Nuland. (Photo by Mikhail Metzel\TASS via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) -- The government watchdog group Judicial Watch announced today that it has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the State Department, demanding that it release all communications that Ambassador Victoria Nuland had with Fusion GPS, which produced the Clinton/DNC-financed "Trump-Russia Dossier," and with top officials of the Justice Department, the FBI, and the State Department. 

Nuland was the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs in the Obama administration from September 2013 to January 2017. Nuland reportedly was the State Department official who gave the green light for the FBI to meet with ex-British spy Christopher Steele, who concocted the dossier for Fusion GPS. The dossier helped trigger the special counsel investigation into Trump-Russia collusion, a treasonous charge that has now been proven to be false by the Mueller report.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and then-State Department
Spokesperson Victoria Nuland. (YouTube)

“We intend to find out how far the Deep State was willing to go in their effort to discredit then-candidate Donald Trump,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton in a statement.  

“It seems the Obama administration engaged in a no-holds-barred attempt to clear the path for Hillary Clinton," he said.  "Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuits have already shown the Obama State Department was corruptly targeting President Trump.”

As reported by Byron York of the Washington Examiner, "Between 2014 and 2016, Steele authored more than a hundred reports on Russia and Ukraine. These were written for a private client but shared widely within the State Department and sent up to Secretary of State John Kerry and to Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, who was in charge of the U.S. response to the Ukraine crisis."

"Many of Steele's secret sources were the same sources who would supply information on Trump," said York.  "One former State Department envoy during the Obama administration said he read dozens of Steele's reports on Russia.

Ex-MI6 British spy Christopher Steele, who concocted the "Trump-Russia
Dossier" for Fusion GPS. (YouTube)

Judicial Watch noted that in a Feb. 4, 2018 interview on CBS's Face the Nation, Nuland admitted she had received anti-Trump information from Steele and that she referred the claims to the FBI.

"[Steele] passed two to four pages of short points of what he was finding," said Nuland. "And our immediate reaction to that was, this is not in our purview. This needs to go to the FBI if there is any concern here that one candidate or the election as a whole might be influenced by the Russian Federation."

"That’s something for the FBI to investigate," she told CBS.  "And that was our reaction when we saw this. It’s not our – our – we can’t evaluate this."

Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson.  (Getty Images)

Judicial Watch also noted that Nuland reportedly was the person who told the FBI it was okay to meet with Steele about his anti-Trump research.

"Nuland reportedly 'green lit' the initial meeting about the anti-Trump dossier between Christopher Steele and FBI agent Michael Gaeta," said Judicial Watch. "Quoting from David Corn and Michael Isikoff’s book Russian Roulette, “The FBI checked with Victoria Nuland’s office at the State Department: Do you support this meeting? Nuland, having found Steele’s reports on Ukraine to have been generally credible, gave the green light.”

Judicial Watch's lawsuit was filed in federal court in the District of Columbia. It is seeking "any and all records of communication between Ambassador Victoria Nuland and any of the following individuals between January 1, 2016 and January 25, 2017."

Some of those individuals are Christopher Steele, Glenn Simpson, Nellie Ohr, former CIA Director John Brennan, former Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, former FBI Director James Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI Agent Peter Strzok, FBI Attorney Lisa Page, and FBI Attorney James Baker.

From some of its previous FOIA lawsuits Judicial Watch was able to obtain and release "42 pages of heavily redacted State Department documents containing classified information that was provided to Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and outspoken critic of President Donald Trump," reported the watchdog. "The documents show Russian political interference in elections and politics in countries across Europe."

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Also, Judicial Watch was able to obtain and release "heavily redacted State Department documents, 38 pages and 48 pages, showing classified information was disseminated to multiple U.S. senators by the Obama administration immediately prior to President Donald Trump’s inauguration," stated the organization. "The documents reveal that among those receiving the classified documents were Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Sen. Robert Corker (R-Tenn.)."

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