Justice Amy Coney Barrett Confirmation a Victory for the U.S. Constitution.
Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation as a United States Supreme Court justice is a great victory for the U.S. Constitution. It is another great victory for constitutional government. Most Americans agree with Justice Barrett that the Supreme Court should apply the law as it is written and leave the legislating to the people’s elected representatives.
We are grateful that the Senate rejected the leftist attacks on Justice Barrett and moved to solidify a conservative majority on the Supreme Court. As she testified at her confirmation hearings, Justice Barrett rejected the idea that judges should be political activists:
I interpret the Constitution as a law, that I interpret its text as text and I understand it to have the meaning that it had at the time people ratified it. So that meaning doesn’t change over time. And it’s not up to me to update it or infuse my own policy views into it.
As an immediate priority, Justice Barrett and the rest of Supreme Court should reject the Left’s desperate efforts to use the courts to undermine election security and rig the elections. For this reason, I was disappointed to see that she declined to participate in two major emergency election integrity cases this week out of North Carolina and Pennsylvania. But it is a long ballgame, and we should expect great things from the newest justice.
Biden ‘Unmasked’ General Flynn – Judicial Watch Sues for Answers
Joe Biden was a busy boy in the waning days of the Obama administration. While he and son Hunter were extorting Ukraine and China, he was also lending a hand to the Obama lieutenants trying to undo President Trump’s election.
We have filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) suit against the National Security Agency (NSA) for records of requests by former Vice President Joe Biden and other top Obama administration officials, including President Obama’s chief of staff, to “unmask” Lieutenant General (Retired) Michael Flynn (Judicial Watch v. National Security Agency (No. 1:20-cv-03088)).
The term “unmasking” refers to the practice of disclosing to political appointees the identities of U.S. citizens referenced in intelligence surveillance of foreign nationals. U.S. citizens’ names are typically redacted from such reports unless a specific request is made to “unmask” them.
We sued after the NSA failed to respond to two separate September 1, 2020, FOIA requests.
The first request seeks “records about a January 12, 2017, request to ‘unmask’ Lieutenant General Flynn submitted to NSA by or on behalf of then-Vice President Joe Biden.”
The second request asks for “records about requests to ‘unmask’ Lieutenant General Flynn submitted to NSA by or on behalf of the following officials on the dates or date ranges indicated:
Samantha Powers – Nov. 30, 2016 to Jan. 11, 2017
James Clapper – Dec. 2, 2016 to Jan. 7, 2017
Kelly Degnan – Dec. 6, 2016
John R. Phillips – Dec. 6, 2016
John Brennan – Dec. 14 & 15, 2016
Patrick Conlon – Dec. 14, 2016
Jacob Lew – Dec. 14 & 15, 2016
Arthur McGlynn – Dec. 14, 2016
Mike Neufeld – Dec. 14, 2016
Sarah Raskin – Dec. 14, 2016
Nathan Sheets – Dec. 14, 2016
Adam Szubin – Dec. 14, 2016
Robert Bell – Dec. 15, 2016
John Christenson – Dec. 15, 2016
Sarah Raskin – Dec. 15, 2016
Nathan Sheets – Dec. 15, 2016
Adam Szubin – Dec. 15, 2016
Robert Bell – Dec. 15, 2016
John Christenson – Dec. 15, 2016
James Comey – Dec. 15, 2016
Paul Geehreng – Dec. 15, 2016
Douglas Lute – Dec. 15, 2016
James Hursh – Dec. 15, 2016
Lee Litzenberger – Dec. 15, 2016
Scott Parrish – Dec. 15, 2016
Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall – Dec. 15, 2016
Tamir Waser – Dec. 15, 2016
John Tefft – Dec. 16, 2016
John Bass – Dec. 28, 2016
Denis McDonough – Jan. 5, 2017
Michael Dempsy – Jan. 7, 2017
Stephanie O’Sullivan – Jan. 7, 2017
The Deputy Assistant Director of the National Media Exploitation Center, whose name was not known – December 15, 2016
The names of officials and dates identified in the FOIA requests were taken directly from a list which was declassified on May 8, 2020, by then-Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell and submitted to Senators Charles Grassley and Ron Johnson on May 13.
On May 19, Senator Grassley responded and asked for “the declassification of additional information related to the unmasking of Americans around the time of the 2016 election, but also to expand the scope of our request to include information as early as January 2016. Based on our investigation and recent press reports, we are increasingly concerned that the surveillance of U.S. persons affiliated with the Trump campaign began earlier than the opening of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane investigation in late July 2016.”
The requests by Joe Biden and President Obama’s chief of staff to unmask the identity of President Trump’s top national security adviser reek of corruption and abuse. The documents about this illicit spy operation should be released immediately. And we will continue this battle no matter the election results next week!
Burisma Lobbying Firm Tied to Democrats Met with U.S. Officials
We now know that the anti-Trump State Department knew about the shady Biden-Burisma connections and were desperate to monitor Biden’s conservative critics.
This revelation comes in 116 pages of records from the State Department that include a briefing checklist of a February 22, 2019, meeting in Kyiv between then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch and Sally Painter, co-founder and chief operating officer of Blue Star Strategies, a Democratic lobbying firm which was hired by Burisma Holdings to combat corruption allegations.
The briefing checklist notes that Painter also planned to meet with Foreign Commercial Service (FCS) Officer Martin Claessens “regarding the Burisma Group energy company.” (Painter was implicated in the Clinton-era fundraising scandal we exposed that involved the alleged sale of seats on Commerce Department trade missions to Democratic National Committee donors.)
We received the records in response to our FOIA lawsuit in January 2020 seeking records of communications from the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv mentioning Burisma (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:20-cv-00229)).
At the time of the meeting, Hunter Biden, son of former Vice President Joe Biden, was serving on the board of directors for Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy firm. Hunter Biden served on the board of Burisma until April 2019.
The records we obtained also include a May 18, 2016, email from a redacted sender to Amos Hochstein, senior advisor to Vice President Joe Biden on international energy affairs, under the subject “Burisma News Devon Archer.”
The email includes links to two articles, one by the New York Post on May 12, 2016, which detail how Archer, a business partner of Hunter Biden and also a member of the Burisma board of directors, had been arrested on suspicion of securities fraud in a “$60 million scam that ripped off impoverished South Dakota Sioux and others.”
The records also include several emails in which officials in the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv closely monitored media and social media reaction to John Solomon’s reporting for The Hill on Yovanovitch and Ukraine corruption. Individuals whose statements were flagged included Dan Bongino, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Jack Posobiec, and Rudy Giuliani, as well as Ukrainian journalists and politicians.
A March 23, 2019, email from a redacted sender to several Kyiv embassy officials, including Yovanovitch and Acting Deputy Chief of Mission George Kent, cites a Dan Bongino tweet reacting to Solomon’s reporting.
The email reads: “Host of the Dan Bongino Podcast and Fox News Contributor Dan Bongino (with nearly a million Twitter followers) tweeted about 20-30 minutes ago (in a string of separate tweets):
They knew, The entire time. #MediaBias
The most important piece you can read today: “Top Ukrainian justice official says US ambassador gave him a do-not prosecute list” (link to earlier Hill article) I’ll explain more on my show Monday.
A March 22, 2019, email from a redacted sender to several Kyiv embassy officials, including Yovanovitch and Kent, notes: “@JackPosobiec of One America News Network (with about 440 thousand followers) tweeted about 15 minutes ago: “U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Maria (sic) Yovanovitch, an Obama holdover, has told U.S. Embassy employees and Ukrainian officials that they need not pay attention to Trump since he is going to be impeached.”
The email continues: “(This appears to be in the line stated by (Joe) DiGenova on the air with Hannity a couple days ago; just flagging that it is being recirculated now by a Twitter user with a large number of followers, in case it leads to new press inquiries in DC, etc).”
A March 22, 2019, email from a redacted sender to sender to several Kyiv embassy officials, including Yovanovitch and Kent, cites a tweet from Giuliani: “See tweet below from Rudy Giuliani, directing people to content released by Dan Bongino (host of The Dan Bongino Podcast and a Fox News Contributor, per his Twitter profile). The Dan Bongino video is an hour long, I’ll try to skim through and get key points now….”
The email then quotes the tweet in which Giuliani writes: “Pay attention to @dbongino for an analysis of some real collusion between Hillary, Kerry and Biden people colluding with Ukrainian operatives to make money and affect 2016 election.”
The email then cites a tweet in response to Giuliani’s in which Bongino writes: “Joe Biden is going to have A LOT of explaining to do regarding Ukraine. A LOT.”
Here’s some context.
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on May 20, 2020, voted to subpoena Blue Star Strategies as part of its investigation into Hunter Biden’s role on the Burisma board. Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) is also seeking depositions from Painter and Blue Star CEO Karen Tramontano. Painter was a senior adviser in the Clinton administration.
The Wall Street Journal noted in an October 8, 2020, report that a federal appeals court reinstated the conviction of Archer on securities fraud and conspiracy charges, ruling a lower-court judge erred last year in vacating a jury’s verdict.
Bevan Cooney, another a former business partner of Hunter Biden, was also convicted and in July 2019 was sentenced to 30 months in prison.
Cooney was recently moved out of his jail cell in Oregon by federal agents for his protection after he provided emails and alleged Biden family corruption to Breitbart News, a, October 20, 2020, Breitbart report said.
In September 2020, we uncovered State Department records showing Russia-linked media “trolling” Joe Biden over “his son’s business.”
In a related case, also in September, we made public records we received from the State Department that confirmed our prior reporting that the Ukraine Embassy under then-Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch monitored, in potential violation of law, Donald Trump, Jr. Rudy Giuliani, and major journalists on Twitter on their commentary on Ukraine, “Biden-Burisma 2020”, and George Soros.
The documents list the targeted such persons as Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Rudy Giuliani, Dan Bongino, Sebastian Gorka, John Solomon, Jack Posobiec, Ryan Saavedra, Sara A Carter, Donald Trump Jr., Michael McFaul, Lou Dobbs and Pamela Gellar. The search terms that were flagged to be monitored by State Department officials on social media included Yovanovitch, Ukraine Ambassador, Ukrainian Ambassador, Ukraine Soros, Clinton campaign, and Biden-Burisma. The emails show that Yovanovitch was aware of the social media monitoring program.
As you can see, one doesn’t need Hunter Biden’s laptop for evidence of Burisma/Biden corruption – the FOIA documents that Judicial Watch uncovered provide more than enough evidence for further inquiries by law enforcement
New Strzok-Page Emails Show ‘Missing’ Meeting Entries
The FBI officials responsible for the unprecedented abuse of President Trump keeps on magically losing documents.
We just received 163 pages of emails between former FBI official Peter Strzok and former FBI attorney Lisa Page. The records show that Microsoft Outlook’s exchange server had to recreate multiple meetings that were “missing” from Lisa Page’s initial calendar entries. These missing meetings included the subjects “Going Dark Strategy Meeting,” “Twitter,” and “702 Reauthorization Strategy Coordination Bi-Weekly.”
We received the records in response to our January 2018 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed after the DOJ failed to respond to a December 2017 request for all communications between Strzok and Page (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:18-cv-00154)). The FBI is processing the records at a rate of only 500 pages per month and has refused to process text messages. At this rate, the production of these emails will not be completed until late 2021 at the earliest.
Multiple meetings were “missing” from Lisa Page’s calendar and had the Microsoft Outlook message “Exchange Server re-created a meeting that was missing from your calendar.” These meetings include a December 15, 2017, meeting that was recreated and has the subject, “Going Dark Strategy Meeting.”
A December 7, 2017, meeting was recreated that has the subject “Twitter” and the location listed as “SFHQ/Lync” [presumably SFHQ referring to San Francisco Headquarters and “Lync,” referring to the FBI’s internal messaging system known as Lync].
A July 10, 2017, meeting was recreated that has the subject “702 Reauthorization Strategy Coordination Bi-Weekly.”
An April 13, 2016, meeting was recreated that has the subject “Investigative & Administrative Law Top Issues Update.”
An April 14, 2016, meeting with the subject “NSCLB Top Issues Update” was recreated.
A July 10, 2017, meeting was recreated that has the subject “702 Reauthorization Strategy Coordination Bi-Weekly.”
A December 7, 2017, meeting with a redacted title under exemptions b6 (personal privacy) and b7C-1 (related to law enforcement sources and methods) was recreated, as was a December 25, 2017, meeting with the subject “702 Reauthorization Strategy Coordination Bi-Weekly.”
On June 8, 2017, in an email to Deputy Asst. Director Jon Moffa and Lisa Page (and an unidentified General Counsel office official), regarding watching James Comey testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Peter Strzok concluded his note with “[Redacted] sorry you have stupid NSA.”
On June 10, 2017, Peter Strzok forwarded an email to his boss, Asst. Director for Counterintelligence Bill Priestap, Page and General Counsel James Baker a New Yorker article that Strzok called “thoughtful,” titled “Trump vs. Comey: Hope Against Hope,” discussing the dispute between Comey and Trump about the contents of conversations the two had in private Oval Office discussions about Michael Flynn.
How did the meeting entries go missing? Deleted calendar entries, wiped phones, missing text messages – all these disappearing records suggest that the FBI and DOJ are engaged in an unprecedented cover-up of their misconduct targeting President Trump.
In a related case, we discovered in September that Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel’s Office repeatedly and “accidentally” wiped phones assigned to them.
And our work exposing the Page-Strzok and attendant FBI coup corruption is second to none:
In July 2020, we uncovered emails showing Strzok, Page and other top bureau officials in the days prior to and following President Donald Trump’s inauguration discussing a White House counterintelligence briefing that could “play into” the FBI’s “investigative strategy.”
In February 2020, we uncovered an August 2016 email in which Strzok writes that Hillary Clinton, in her interview with the FBI about her email controversy, apologized for “the work and effort” it caused the bureau and she said she chose to use a non-state.gov email account “out of convenience” and that “it proved to be anything but.” Strzok said Clinton’s apology and the “convenience” discussion were “not in” the FBI 302 report that summarized the interview.
Also in February, we made public Strzok-Page emails showing their direct involvement in the opening of Crossfire Hurricane, the bureau’s investigation of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. The records also show additional “confirmed classified emails” were found on Clinton’s unsecure non-state.gov email server “beyond the number presented” in then-FBI Director James Comey’s statements; Strzok and Page questioning the access the DOJ was granting Clinton’s lawyers; and Page revealing that the DOJ was making edits to FBI 302 reports related to the Clinton Midyear Exam investigation. The emails detail a discussion about “squashing” an issue related to the Seth Rich controversy.
In January 2020, we uncovered Strzok-Page emails that detail special accommodations given to the lawyers of Clinton and her aides during the FBI investigation of the Clinton email controversy.
In November 2019, we revealed Strzok-Page emails that show the attorney representing three of Clinton’s aides were given meetings with senior FBI officials.
Also in November, we uncovered emails revealing that after Clinton’s statement denying the transmission of classified information over her unsecure email system, Strzok sent an email to FBI officials citing “three [Clinton email] chains” containing (C) [classified confidential] portion marks in front of paragraphs.”
In a separate case, in May 2020, we received the “electronic communication” (EC) that officially launched the counterintelligence investigation, termed “Crossfire Hurricane,” of President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. The document was written by former FBI official Peter Strzok.
Overwhelming Majority of MS-13 Defendants are in U.S. Illegally
When you hear the terms “border wall” or “open borders” you should think of the criminal activity the former seeks to prevent and the latter has permitted. Our Corruption Chronicles blog has the latest.
Sticking to its commitment of dismantling the nation’s deadliest street gang, the Trump administration has criminally charged 127 members of the famously violent Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) this year and half a dozen face life in prison after being convicted. It’s a start but, shockingly, it barely puts a dent on the problem since the MS-13 has an estimated 10,000 members in the U.S. and tens of thousands more abroad, according to Department of Justice (DOJ) figures. Back in 2012 the Obama administration issued sanctions against the MS-13, officially classifying the Latin American gang as a Transitional Criminal Organization (TCO) for its involvement in serious criminal activities, including drug trafficking, kidnapping, human smuggling, sex trafficking, murder, racketeering, blackmail, extortion and immigration offenses.
MS-13 has long operated in the U.S., but it was Obama’s open border policies that energized the international gang domestically with new recruits provided by a steady flow of illegal immigrant minors. In fact, the DOJ reveals that around 74% of MS-13 defendants prosecuted by the agency in the last four years are in the U.S. illegally. Lax immigration enforcement is largely responsible. When the Obama administration started welcoming a barrage of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) in 2014, Homeland Security sources told Judicial Watch that the nation’s most violent street gangs—including MS-13 and the 18th Street gang—were actively recruiting new members at U.S. shelters housing the minors. The Texas Department of Public Safety subsequently confirmed that the MS-13 is a top tier gang thanks to the influx of illegal alien gang members that crossed into the state under Obama’s disastrous program, which saw over 60,000 illegal immigrants—many with criminal histories—storm into the U.S. in a matter of months. Tens of thousands more have entered since then.
When Donald Trump became president he issued an Executive Order directing several agencies, including the departments of Justice, State and Homeland Security, to coordinate an effort to restore safety for the American people by extinguishing TCOs such as MS-13. The order states that the criminal groups have spread throughout the nation, threatening the safety of the United States and its citizens. “These organizations derive revenue through widespread illegal conduct, including acts of violence and abuse that exhibit a wanton disregard for human life,” the president’s order reads. “They, for example, have been known to commit brutal murders, rapes, and other barbaric acts. These groups are drivers of crime, corruption, violence, and misery.” The commander-in-chief gives federal agencies 120 days to report progress in combating the criminal organizations as well as recommended actions for dismantling them. In August 2019 Attorney General William Barr launched an initiative known as Joint Task Force Vulcan (JTFV) to address MS-13 with a coordinated force of federal law enforcement agencies and the DOJ. Less than a year after its formation, the task force recorded big successes. Over the summer the DOJ announced a number of significant JTFV cases, including for the first time an MS-13 member being charged with terrorism-related offenses, the take down of the MS-13 Hollywood leadership and the Attorney General’s decision to seek the death penalty against an MS-13 operative.
This month the DOJ released a report documenting the government’s achievements in pursuing MS-13 members nationwide. Since fiscal year 2016, the agency has charged 749 MS-13 defendants and obtained 504 convictions, including 37 life sentences. In 2020 federal prosecutors have charged 127 MS-13 gang bangers with six facing life sentences after being convicted. Additionally, the DOJ is seeking the death penalty in two MS-13 cases, in New York and Virginia. The feds will keep at it because MS-13 is a barbaric and well-organized criminal enterprise that continues to intensify in the U.S. and internationally. “For decades, MS-13 has exploited weaknesses in U.S. immigration enforcement policies to move its members in and out of the United States and to recruit new members who have arrived in the United States illegally,” the DOJ writes in its recently issued report. “MS-13 recruited and utilized foreign nationals, most often from Central America, who were in the United States illegally.” A tiny portion, around three percent, of MS-13 criminal defendants are in the country legally, according to DOJ figures.
New Judicial Watch Book Set to Debut on New York Times Best Seller List!
Exciting news! My latest Judicial Watch book, A Republic Under Assault: The Left’s Ongoing Attack on American Freedom, will debut at #12 on the New York Times Hardcover Non-Fiction List on November 8.
The book will also come in at #14 on the Times’s Combined Print and E-Book Best Sellers List. Additionally, A Republic Under Assault will debut at #2 on Publishers Weekly’s Top Hardcover Frontlist Nonfiction List and #4 on Publishers Weekly’s Overall Best Sellers List on November 2. The book has only been in bookstores nationwide since October 20.
A Republic Under Assault is my third New York Times bestselling book. The first two bestselling Judicial Watch books, The Corruption Chronicles and Clean House, revealed what we have uncovered in our battles against Obama secrecy. A Republic Under Assault is a hard-hitting, fast-paced look at how the Radical Left and the Deep State are trying to destroy the Trump presidency.
I urge you to purchase this book immediately. Your buying the book now will help Judicial Watch, keep the book on the best seller lists (increasing opportunities for other Americans to see and buy it), and you will annoy the left. You can buy the book at www.JudicialWatchBook.com. I’m serious when I say this is the most important book you could read this year!
In this book I identify four major forces posing a continued threat to American democracy:
Deep State Efforts to Destroy the Trump Presidency: How the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign paid for the fraudulent anti-Trump “Steele Dossier,” and how it was used by the Obama FBI and DOJ to dupe the FISA Court to allow it to spy on the Trump presidential campaign AND President Trump. These and more dirty secrets of Obamagate and the impeachment coup attempt are exposed.
Hillary Clinton Email Scandal: How the Clinton team and senior officials at the Obama State Department conspired to cover up Hillary Clinton’s secret email system—and shocking revelations that tie the Obama White House to the cover-up!
Voter Fraud: How Soros-funded groups attack states that seek to protect clean elections by challenging voter ID laws, and how the Left is cynically peddling COVID-19 crisis electoral “reforms,” such as mail-in voting, which could increase voter fraud and election chaos. And shocking numbers about dirty voting rolls across the nation!
Illegal Immigration: How deadly illegal “sanctuary” policies are exploding across America, and how our nation’s sovereignty has been under assault by radical open-border advocates.
Subversive Deep State collaborators with ties to the Clinton and Obama machines not only launched countless—often illegal—operations to stop and then remove Trump, but even more alarmingly, are working to transform the United States into something truly unrecognizable to all who believe in liberty and the rule of law.
Today one of their main targets is President Donald J. Trump.
Tomorrow it could be you and anyone who believes in the U.S. Constitution, believes the United States must have clearly defined and protected borders, believes in the need for a strong military, believes in the value of hard work and faith, and believes in the rule of law and American exceptionalism.
Sean Hannity, was particularly gracious in his praise of our new book. Here’s his comment from our book cover:
“When it comes to fighting for the American people’s ‘right to know,’ no one holds a candle to Tom Fitton and his team at Judicial Watch. A Republic Under Assault lays bare the condemning facts Judicial Watch continues to expose about ‘Obamagate,’ the Deep State’s seditious coup to bring down Donald Trump, and much more. This is must reading for every American who wants to save our nation,” said Sean Hannity, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Live Free or Die.
Again, please help us keep the book on the best seller lists with a purchase now, you can get your copy