On Monday, the FBI notified Judicial Watch that the bureau will need at least three years to hand over “releasable,” communications between anti-Trump FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.
FBI just told @JudicialWatch it needs at least three years to process and turn over releasable anti-@RealDonaldTrump Strzok-Page communications. Outrageous. Background below: https://t.co/ufLvl0pOFL pic.twitter.com/MRDTkUDEbe
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) April 9, 2018
Judicial Watch announced on January 24th that the watchdog filed an FOIA lawsuit against the Justice Department for communications between Strzok and Page.
Via Judicial Watch:
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit against the Justice Department for text messages and other records of FBI official Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:18-cv-00154)).
Judicial Watch filed suit after the Justice Department failed to respond to a December 4, 2017, FOIA request for:
- All records of communications, including but not limited to, emails, text messages and instant chats, between FBI official Peter Strozk and FBI attorney Lisa Page;
All travel requests, travel authorizations, travel vouchers and expense reports of Peter Strozk;
All travel requests, travel authorizations, travel vouchers and expense reports of Lisa Page.
The time frame for the requested records is February 1, 2015 to the present.
The text messages are of public interest because Strzok and Page were key investigators in the Clinton email and Trump Russia collusion investigations.
Fitton has called on President Donald Trump to direct U.S. Marshals to seize computer evidence at the FBI in relation to the missing Strzok-Page text messages.
“In response to FBI “missing” texts scandal, AG Sessions should direct U.S. Marshals to take steps to seize, secure and preserve necessary computer evidence at FBI. And if AG doesn’t act, @RealDonaldTrump should order it be done,” Fitton tweeted two days before filing the FOIA against the Justice Department.
In response to FBI "missing" texts scandal, AG Sessions should direct U.S. Marshals to take steps to seize, secure and preserve necessary computer evidence at FBI. And if AG doesn't act, @RealDonaldTrump should order it be done.
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) January 22, 2018