by WorldTribune Staff, March 14, 2018
The FBI continues to “stonewall” on a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking the communications of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, a government watchdog group said.
Despite a judge’s order, the FBI has yet to turn over McCabe’s text messages, emails and SMS phone messages to Judicial Watch, which filed the FOIA lawsuit on behalf of retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent Jeff Danik.
The communications sought by Danik are related the unsuccessful run for Virginia state Senate by McCabe’s wife which, Danik contends, might also contain information on McCabe’s role in the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, former FBI sources and a government official told investigative reporter Sara Carter.
“They have not produced not one text of McCabe, not one,” Danik said of the FBI. “The government is out of control and it’s astonishing. Do you know what would happen if the government subpoenaed you for information and you didn’t produce records that you had in your possession? You’d go to jail for contempt.”
Judicial Watch had previously uncovered communications showing McCabe, “despite massive contributions from Clinton ally Terence McAuliffe” to his wife Jill McCabe in the 2015 political campaign, did not recuse himself from the Russia investigation until a week before the November 2016 election. It was originally believed that McCabe had recused himself much earlier in the investigation.
“The FBI has been playing games with text messages for some time,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said. “The arrogance in refusing to provide any text messages of Mr. McCabe shows a contempt for transparency and the rule of law.”
Danik said in an earlier interview: “If I was allowed to conduct the investigation into who knew what, when regarding the Hillary Clinton email server, I could put that timeline together very quickly. There’s a huge electronic footprint now…in the FBI between text and email and instant messaging. The way that the documents are prepared in the official system. This is a large footprint that is left on an investigation and it can be quickly retrieved. You can tell very quickly the efficiency, the speed at which investigation was taken or not undertaken. I don’t know if they don’t want those records out because it pulls back the curtain and lets you see the framework of these investigations or maybe they are afraid of what it actually says and who it reflects on.”