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In a new press release from Judicial Watch, it states that they are suing the State Department for Obama Ambassador Victoria Nuland’s communications related to the anti-Trump dossier.
As reported by Judicial Watch, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit has been filed against the U.S. Department of State for communications between Obama Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Ambassador Victoria Nuland and employees of Fusion GPS, as well as top ranking Department of Justice, FBI, and State Department officials.
JW further notes that Nuland served as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs from September 2013 until January 2017.
Judicial Watch filed the suit after the State Department failed to respond to a November 1, 2018, FOIA request (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:19-cv-00574)).
The watchdog group listed 24 names in association with Nuland and seeks the records and communications with ties related to the dossier. (Continued Below)
According to the press release, Judicial Watch seeks: Any and all records of communication between Ambassador Victoria Nuland and any of the following individuals between January 1, 2016 and January 25, 2017:
Professor Joseph Mifsud, Mr. Christopher Steele, Mr. Glenn Simpson, Mrs. 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 Assistant Attorney General John P. Carlin, Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General George Toscas, Former DOJ Official David Laufman.
Former Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco, Former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, Former FBI Director James Comey, Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, Former FBI Agent Peter Strzok, FBI Attorney Lisa Page, FBI Attorney James Baker, Former FBI Chief of Staff James Rybicki, FBI Assistant Director Edward William Priestap, Former FBI Agent John Giacalone, Former FBI Agent Michael Steinbach, and Former FBI Agent Josh Campbell. (Continued Below)
From Judicial Watch:
The author of the anti-Trump dossier, Christopher Steele, reportedly had developed long-standing relationships with senior State Department officials including Ambassador Victoria Nuland, “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.”
On February 4, 2018, in an interview on CBS’ Face the Nation, Nuland stated that she had been given details of the anti-Trump dossier directly from Christopher Steele, which she then referred to the Federal Bureau of Investigation:
[Steele] passed two to four pages of short points of what he was finding. 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. And that was our reaction when we saw this. It’s not our – our – we can’t evaluate this.
Nuland reportedly “green lit” the initial meeting about the anti-Trump dossier between Christopher Steele and FBI agent Michael Gaeta. 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.”
“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. “It seems the Obama administration engaged in a no-holds-barred attempt to clear the path for Hillary Clinton. Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuits have already shown the Obama State Department was corruptly targeting President Trump.”
(Related: Judicial Watch Targets Clapper, Brennan & CNN In Their Latest Lawsuit, Sues For Communication Records)
Tom Fitton discusses what Judicial Watch uncovered about the failed coup attempt against President Trump:
Susan Rice knew.
Peter Strzok knew.
Lisa Page knew.
Andrew McCabe knew. They all knew there was no evidence of @RealDonaldTrump Russia collusion. https://t.co/5box2bTQ92 pic.twitter.com/73pe5SPV8x
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) April 3, 2019
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