DOJ Sued for Concealing Records of Former FBI Director Comey

(Bob Unruh, WND) Washington watchdog Judicial Watch has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Department of Justice for refusing to provide copies of non-disclosure agreements pertaining to fired FBI Director James Comey.

DOJ Sued for Concealing Records of

Former FBI Director James Comey (mundoejecutivo.com.mx)

The federal department simply refused to respond to the Judicial Watch request.

The FBI allowed Comey to leave his position with copies of his notes of private conversations with President Trump, which he then turned over to a friend with instructions to publicize them in the media in an effort to provoke a special-counsel investigation.

Judicial Watch said Friday it filed the legal action “for all non-disclosure agreements pertaining to the handling, storage, protection, dissemination, and/or return of classified information that were signed by or on behalf of former FBI Director James Comey.”

The FBI had failed, the watchdog said, to respond to a June 13 FOIA request.

The new case was filed in federal court in Washington.

RELATED: GOP Congressman Calls for DOJ Investigation Into James Comey

“How is it the FBI allowed Mr. Comey to walk out the door with sensitive documents about President Trump?” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “It is remarkable that we have to sue the FBI in federal court to get these answers about this scandal.”

In June, as WND reported, Judicial Watch demanded the FBI reveal records Comey might have taken with him when he left office in addition to the notes about his meetings with President Trump.

Comey has testified to Congress that he took notes on a government computer of his meetings with Trump and later leaked them to the New York Times through a friend.

The reporting of the notes prompted an invitation for Comey to testify before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence regarding claims that Trump and his team colluded with the Russians to influence the 2016 election and tried to shut down investigations into the matter.

The revelation that Comey, who last year famously declined to refer Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information for prosecution, had been able to take government records with him as he left office raised questions for Judicial Watch.

The organization sent a letter to acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe warning that the agency has a responsibility under the Federal Records Act to retrieve all of the government documents Comey took with him.

The letter from Fitton noted Comey “confirmed that, while in office, he created various memoranda regarding his meetings with President Trump.”

“Mr. Comey also confirmed that, after his departure from the FBI, he provided at least some of these memoranda to a third party, Columbia Law School Professor Daniel Richman, for the purpose of leaking them to the press. Various media outlets now have reported that Professor Richman has provided these memoranda to the FBI. It is unclear whether he still retains copies of the memoranda.”

The letter argued that’s not the proper place for government records to end up.

“These memoranda were created by Mr. Comey while serving as FBI director, were written on his FBI laptop, and concerned official government business. As such, they indisputably are records subject to the Federal Records Act. 44 U.S.C. §§ 2101-18, 2901-09, 3101-07, and 3301-14,” Fitton wrote.

“The fact that Mr. Comey removed these memoranda from the FBI upon his departure, apparently for the purpose of subsequently leaking them to the press, confirms the FBI’s failure to retain and properly manage its records in accordance with the Federal Records Act.”

Fitton said even if Comey no longer has possession of the memos, as he now claims, some or all of them may still be in possession of a third party, such as Professor Richman, “and must be recovered.”

“Mr. Comey’s removal of these memoranda also suggests that other records may have been removed by Mr. Comey and may remain in his possession or in the possession of others. If so, these records must be recovered by the FBI as well,” Fitton said.

The lawsuit is just one of several Judicial Watch is taking to pursue details about what government documentation Comey was allowed to take with him when he left office.

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  • help_us_survive_this

    First off it now apperars that the DOJ (lawyers especially) feel they are above the law? They must because they failed to respond to a lawfully asked request for information. When
    WE the people refuse to answer their questions we usually get arrested, tried and kangerooed into fines and prison. Where is the justice in this system? WE THE PEOPLE demand equal treatment under the law – arrest all those responsible for failing to provide this information and try them as we would be tried and sentenced. Make these people responsible for their actions – they are not special nor is any member of Congress or the Administration. Shoot let’s get a special investigator to investigate this and not the DOJ or FBI since they have proven to us that they are biased and unwilling to conduct their jobs properly.
    Second, James Comey is a criminal and needs to be prosecutedfor this crimes. So does his superiors i.e. Lynch, and Obama.
    Third, It is long past the time that investigations like the Hillary Clinton fiasco be reinstated and properly investigate, charges be properly brought and trials be properly conducted with sentencing to match what a common citizen gets. I would also suggest that since these people have violated their pledge to uphold the Constitution of the United States and to defend and protect same consideration be made during their sentencing and extreme penalty(ies) be levied for this blatant act(s). It is past time to rein in the criminally conducted business conducted in the Capitol by those that we elect and those that are paid by our hard earned tax dololars. Time for a change and ot the Obama changes either. Return to the old ways? Certainly, because then there were 3 dsistinct and seperate branches of government – now ti all is lawyers throughout – Judicial=lawyers; Legislative= lawyers; and Executive- once again a majority have been lawyers (yes even Nixon and Clinton being impeached or brought up but just the same). Oh and impeachment seems to not mean leaving office – it just means that the elected official was caught and the ongress made note of it. Right or wrong that is what has happened. Time for a change.

    • cindy galt

      I guess we should just add all of his memos to Killery’s 30,000+ emails that will never be released. He, along with all the others need to be tried, and the trials HAVE to be held OUTSIDE of Washington. Let some of us “average Joes” be on the juries, because they would never be convicted in Washington – too many people worship them and think they have done no wrong!

    • Jackalyn Morrison

      You are SOOO RIGHT

    • The Silver Kat

      Well said. There’s a saying “when the government fears the people, that’s democracy. When the people fear the government, that’s tryranny”. We have a serious case of tyranny today.
      Also, Pres. Lincoln referred to a “government of the people, by the people and for the people”. We no longer have that. We’ve lost control of the government, and I personally don’t see any hope or future of getting it back. We now work for them (not them for us, as it should be).

      • john blue

        TWO terms (12 yrs) and out for senators is maybe too long maybe there could be a one 10 yr term voted by the people, (approved by state senators every 2 yrs)? They are staying far too long to help the people, they say it takes time to learn the process? Why are they not there to help this country and people. If two terms are good for a president it could work for senators. then work on congressional terms . NO RETIREMENTS, you and I will have to carry a petition in our states to get a vote on this.

        • Sylvia Avila

          You are right! these politician’s staying too long in office, lost their loyalty to the people, and to their Country and have broken the Oath of office! they are suppose to serve! Time to demand Term Limits!

      • Sylvia Avila

        Your words ring true, but I pray our President Trump can change that course?

        • help_us_survive_this

          Trump can only do so much. It takes Congress to make the changes in the laws. WE the people need to change Congress, WE need to demand the changes necessary for those changes and the first on is getting the lawyers out of Congress – they may advise but not serve. Get back to the basic three divisions of democracy – Judicial (lawyers); Legislative (common people); and, Executive (Common people). When the lawyers are involved in all three branches of government you have anarchy. WE have had that and enough is enough – get the lawyers out of the equation and bet back to basics. Thank you.

          • Sylvia Avila

            So true, you are right! Time for us, the citizen to start really telling them what to do! Congress, has gone rogue! I just pray for a good out come!

    • Maxine Albritton

      I understand that hillary is under investigation now. Lets see what happens probab;y nothing.

      • Gregg Parker

        as soon as they let that information become public they coupled it with the offer of a plea deal which will halt any further looking into any of their other massive amount of criminal activity and treason. So I agree with you…

        • help_us_survive_this

          That is the problem with the judicial system as it is practiced today – plea bargaining. Lazy lawyers or are they smart to do a deal to keep from further prosecution for crimes yet to be determined? One can bet if a lawyer is involved there is skullduggery afoot. Time for a change.

          • Gregg Parker

            Lawyers are collectively the most dangerous and destructive occupation known to mankind. The day we can round them up and butcher the whole lot of them will be the only time man will ever free from the devil… but as we know he is the boss for now, so lawyers are important…

      • Sylvia Avila

        I pray! But I heard they are trying to make a plea deal with her?

      • Flakt Dryer

        Maxine ,, God bless ,, hopefully ” they ” will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law

        • Maxine Albritton

          I heard the same as silvia aviala , they are offering her a plea bargain but hopefully that is not true.. I think most of us what justice served as it used to be and not as it has been lately. I just read the case of casey anthony who was accused of killing her baby. she had the evidence against her, the motive, the accessibility and she was not promounced builty pathetic.

      • Louie Rey

        Oh something will happen alright. At the end of this so called Hillary “investigation” the conclusion will be that Trump should be impeached. Doesn’t it always end up being his fault? I think he was responsible for the Hindenburg disaster. Oh yeah, and the Lindbergh baby kidnapping.

        • Maxine Albritton

          yes, the left’s fondest dream. If Trump goes during his term Pence will be Potus. I hope he has developed the same balls Trump has.

          • Louie Rey

            Thankfully I don’t think we have to worry about Trump not making through his TWO terms. Even with all of the outcry by the Left he’s done absolutely nothing wrong or illegal. That, however, won’t stop the Left from screaming “impeach” every single chance they get.

    • Polly Dreitzler

      What do you expect? They are democraps after all and most democraps seem to think that the laws of this country only apply to republican’ts and other conservatives!!!!

      • help_us_survive_this

        Then it is time to prosecute the DNC and the leaders who defy the law. Set an example of justive for a change and not make exceptions biased as they are now.

    • Sylvia Avila

      You are so right and on it! No more play time, time to up hold out Laws and Constitution! You are right, these former gov’t officials broke our Laws, they need to be prosecuted just like anyone else! God Bless

    • Walter Flatt

      DO YOU THINK HE COULD BE IN ON THE BELOW, SURE LOOKS LIKE A BUNCH IN WASHINGTON IS.

      PRAY FOR TRUMP AND SHARE THIS WITH EVERYONE YOU CAN. I HAVE VERIFED THE CAMPS, IF YOU DONT BELIEVE, GOOGLE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD TERROR CAMPS OF THE USA. WHAT THEY WONT DO TO COVE THIS UP. PRAY FOR AMERICA.

      FROM A REGISTERED DEMOCRAT, A KOREAN WAR VET, AND A CHRISTIAN. I AM AN AMERICAN AND PROUDLY, I VOTED FOR TRUMP. I AM 86 AND HAVE NEVER SEEN A MORE QUALIFIED PERSON TO BE PRESIDENT.

      TRUMP NEEDS TO FIRE EVERYONE CONNECTED TO THE DEMOCRATS AND REALLY INVESTIGATE THE REAL MUSLIM PROBLEM WE ARE FACING.

      PUBLIC LAW 414, PAGE 2, SECTION 212 WAS PASSED IN 1952 AND THIS LAW SHOULD BE ENFORCED. IT BANS ALL PEOPLE THAT ARE TRYING TO DESTROY US, THAT INCLUDE A MUSLIMS.

      5 CAMPS IN NORTH VA. CLOSE TO WASHINGTON, A MINIMUM OF 31 MORE CLOSE TO MILITARY BASES, AND A FEMA CAMP, (SOME STATES MORE), IN EVERY STATE. BUILT WITH TAX PAYER $. TO HOUSE MUSLIMS???

      READ THE QURAN, THEIR BIBLE. IF THE CAMPS IN N. VA. ARE TO TAKE DC. WE WILL HAVE A LOT OF HEADLESS POLITICIANS.

      COULD IT BE THAT OBAMA ALONG WITH HILLIARY AND THE NEWS MEDIA, HAVE SET US UP FOR HIM TO LEAD A MUSLIM INVASION OF OUR COUNTRY? IF NOT,

      WHY TRY AND BUY UP ALL AMMO AND TAKE OUR GUNS.

      WHY, WHILE IN OFFICE, DID HE SET HIS CABINET WITH MOSTLY MUSLIMS.

      WHY WAS HILLIARY’S TOP AIDE A RADICAL MUSLIM,

      WHY IS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY FOR A OPEN BORDER. COULD IT BE TO GET FREE DOPE, GOODGLE, THE NEW CLINTON CHRONICLES 2015 AND LISTEN TO IT ALL.

      WHY ARE ALL MUSLIM CAMPS CLOSE TO OUR MILITARY BASES?

      LAST WHY, DID OBAMA SEND BILLIONS TO HIS MUSLIM FRIENDS.

      THIS COUNTRY HAD BETTER WAKE UP QUICK.

  • Captain Kirk

    Note the media will not question Comey’s docs. The good-ole-boys in Washington are doing their best to cover the whole thing up. If the complete list of Americans who have been “unmasked” and spied on by the Obama admin were to come to light, there would be a huge public outcry. And the people who really hold the power would be exposed.

    • Jackalyn Morrison

      AMEN

  • Jackalyn Morrison

    Yes but you are forgetting who was investigating her!! Just sit back and watch and you might learn something instead of burying your head in the sand lol

  • slk5

    hopefully things will change…drain the doj!!!

  • Dead Toad

    They should be investigating comey on mishandling classified information and leaking information to the media. I doubt they’re doing any of this but it could cause a records request delay. If they don’t bring these high-powered criminals to Justice. This country will be in a very bad place in its future.

  • Gregg Parker

    Perhaps this whole chapter of history is so full of corruption that to bring it to light would cause such upheaval that as a nation we now know it would perish under the weight… that said bring it on DOJ!!

  • Irredeemably Deplorable

    It is time to force our government to comply with the wishes of the people. Average citizens are being thrown in prison for doing much less than these creeps, and very few in Washington seem to be able to grasp that fact.

    We are getting tired of seeing our fellow countrymen/women punished for things much less than or equal to what these “trusted” employees of the people have been doing. Because they are supposed to be “trusted”, they should actually be held to a higher standard. Therefore, whatever eventual punishment (should it ever get to that point) should be more severe than what the average person would get.

  • patriot1111

    lock Comey up hes a Clinton @sslapper

  • JHW

    Lets have a special council and see what the truth really is.

  • Harry Pearson

    Well, thank God we’re finally past the point of having an FBI sitting in the lap of the serving AG, following every whim of the President. Hopefully we will finally regain an organization known for its integrity, known for following every letter of every law, known for doing the right thing. Its been too long since we had that. As a former member of this organization, it hurts to say that, but hopefully we will once again see that elite organization rise up as a shining example of integrity and a beacon of hope for all people hoping to see a truly democratic form of government work for the people who depend on it.

  • carla AMERICAN

    Department of criminals not justice. They have hillerbeans emails, know where the missing 6 trillion dollars are, they along with congress knew about SOMALGET the warrantless, wireless wiretapping and it’s use on judges, trump, polititians, supreme court, government , foreign dignataries. Congress was informed by obama and comey of wanting the funding for SOMALGET in another foreign country, WHICH ONE ? And they have the nerve to allow criminal Mueller to prosecute on charges of Russian collusion when he allowed clinton to sell American Uranium to russia and delivered it to them ? AMERICA you need to protest the doj, fbi, via and homeland security to revoke soro’s citizenship, remove foreigners like awan brother from congress hearings,, and foreign born obama from organizing his private military, resistance, blm that have Muslim members, are armed and threaten America, left over administration spies giving American information to foreign countries. Our American Military is standing up to the left and your’re going to allow them and their families to bear the burdens for your freedoms ?

  • Sylvia Avila

    What? Do you not read? or can not hear?, the News has come out with so much evidence it could fill a stadium? Please do soom research before stating anyone is being dishonest?

  • ganderdavis

    You seem to be unable to read past your 1st grade level or just too blind to even look for the truth. Time after time another criminal activity comes to the surface and we find the same side that is the accused is also the investigators. And time and time again we see records go missing and people taking the Fifth and the people who seem to cover up the most is the democrats who are on these investigation. Cummings has time and time again tried to change the direction and the focus on facts to whatever direction he can as long as it’s away from the real truth. So please rvn open your small mind and really look at the truth that’s right in front of you. The Obama administration ran rampant with law breakers and Senators and Congress covering up everything they could and are still covering things up. Comey spit on his claim for the truth when he illegally released memos he knew he shouldn’t. So the first person to be put up on charges is the same man who claimed he has always respected the law and that man is the long nosed ex FBI director. IMHO Now go back to sleep rvn and who knows maybe someday you might wake up to the real world.

  • therealworld

    Comey is a Criminal and the Obama Hold-Overs probably shredded the request, Jail them Too!

  • Donovan Blaylock

    If you break the Law you go to Jail.

  • Donovan Blaylock

    The NSA needs new funding. They have the 33,000 emails. It must be a condition of new funding to hand over all the Clinton and Obama emails

  • Walter Flatt

    PRAY FOR TRUMP AND SHARE THIS WITH EVERYONE YOU CAN. I HAVE VERIFED THE CAMPS, IF YOU DONT BELIEVE, GOOGLE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD TERROR CAMPS OF THE USA. WHAT THEY WONT DO TO COVE THIS UP. PRAY FOR AMERICA.

    FROM A REGISTERED DEMOCRAT, A KOREAN WAR VET, AND A CHRISTIAN. I AM AN AMERICAN AND PROUDLY, I VOTED FOR TRUMP. I AM 86 AND HAVE NEVER SEEN A MORE QUALIFIED PERSON TO BE PRESIDENT.

    TRUMP NEEDS TO FIRE EVERYONE CONNECTED TO THE DEMOCRATS AND REALLY INVESTIGATE THE REAL MUSLIM PROBLEM WE ARE FACING.

    PUBLIC LAW 414, PAGE 2, SECTION 212 WAS PASSED IN 1952 AND THIS LAW SHOULD BE ENFORCED. IT BANS ALL PEOPLE THAT ARE TRYING TO DESTROY US, THAT INCLUDE A MUSLIMS.

    5 CAMPS IN NORTH VA. CLOSE TO WASHINGTON, A MINIMUM OF 31 MORE CLOSE TO MILITARY BASES, AND A FEMA CAMP, (SOME STATES MORE), IN EVERY STATE. BUILT WITH TAX PAYER $. TO HOUSE MUSLIMS???

    READ THE QURAN, THEIR BIBLE. IF THE CAMPS IN N. VA. ARE TO TAKE DC. WE WILL HAVE A LOT OF HEADLESS POLITICIANS.

    COULD IT BE THAT OBAMA ALONG WITH HILLIARY AND THE NEWS MEDIA, HAVE SET US UP FOR HIM TO LEAD A MUSLIM INVASION OF OUR COUNTRY? IF NOT,

    WHY TRY AND BUY UP ALL AMMO AND TAKE OUR GUNS.

    WHY, WHILE IN OFFICE, DID HE SET HIS CABINET WITH MOSTLY MUSLIMS.

    WHY WAS HILLIARY’S TOP AIDE A RADICAL MUSLIM,

    WHY IS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY FOR A OPEN BORDER. COULD IT BE TO GET FREE DOPE, GOODGLE, THE NEW CLINTON CHRONICLES 2015 AND LISTEN TO IT ALL.

    WHY ARE ALL MUSLIM CAMPS CLOSE TO OUR MILITARY BASES?

    LAST WHY, DID OBAMA SEND BILLIONS TO HIS MUSLIM FRIENDS.

    THIS COUNTRY HAD BETTER WAKE UP QUICK.

  • 1947goldenjet

    I just spoke with Jim C. He says that he is immune from prosecution because he had no INTENT.

  • Mad Scientist

    When will government agencies be rattled back into the reality that they work for us, the People? Those are documents John Q. Public has a right to see. The DOJ may slow things down but given the JW track record I wouldn’t bet on keeping them hidden.

  • Poor_Richard

    Then show your proof, other than bloviating about it.

  • Maria castro

    We are cornering the deep state. They staged the so called “white supremist demonstrations” , to capitalize in the name of victims; big interest helping the deep state who doesnt know what else to do to make people afraid of Trump in order to destroy him. Those exposed and living thru these games before know it and know how they plan and act, more so now they are desperate. Please, America don’t let them fool you. Trump is our only hope, we have no choice to hold the last driftwood. In God we have no choice but to trust Trump

  • omikehawk

    I wonder if he actually took notes at the meeting. My guess is that he went home and just wrote up a bunch of nonsense that he could use to make Trump look bad. He’s a Cliton a$$kisser after all!

  • Bob

    I enjoy listening to the righties whine and squeal like little pigs. The goofball from Judicial Watch, Fitton, is a LOSER, loose cannon who’s been riding a dead horse for years. He keeps begging Orange Blossom for a job, hoping to be added as one of Chump’s personal attorneys since he only has 5 or 6.

  • Flyby

    It’s nauseating enough that I knew comey leaked like my grandmothers faucet, but the fact that he turned over info to another stomach turning leftist liberal to pass on to who knows which liberals rags is akin to 3 grade girls passing notes in grammar school. The obama administration was just what the kenyan ordered. All this is terrible enough, but there are thousands of leftovers that need weeding out. Trump must seal ALL communications as tightly as humanly possible.

  • usmcltc

    Comey is just as dirty as Hillary, Obama and Lynch. They put the “fix” in concerning Hillary’s illegal emails and had the power to cover it up. They should all pay for their part in this scandal.

  • Louie Rey

    With or without these papers it’s pretty obvious to everyone that Comey is the most politicized FBI Director since J. Edgar Hoover. And, of course, our mentally challenged “leadership” in government compounded that problem by appointing his BFF and professed mentor to investigate the Russian “connection.” What could possibly go wrong?