Due to certain controversies purported by biased mainstream media and obvious mistrust front the public towards James Comey, former and now fired FBI Director, Judicial Watch has sent a letter warning the now Acting Director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe. The letter suggests they are proceeding with a demand to recover and then release the memos which Comey violated the law by illegally removing from the taxpayer funded Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Comey took the memos, admittedly under Oath, and leaked them to the Press via outlets close to him. Such an act in the past would have most certainly brought criminal charges against Comey, who is an appointed public servant by elected officials.
Tom Fortson, President of Judicial Watch, has cited that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is obligated by law under the Federal Records Act to recover the records.
In Fitton’s letter of demand he wrote, “As you are well aware, former FBI Director James Comey gave sworn testimony last week before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Among other things, Mr. Comey confirmed that, while in office, he created various memoranda regarding his meetings with President Trump.”
He continued in his recent letter to clarify that, “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 general public feels as if Comey is a Traitor. Contrary to initial left wing media reports suggesting Trump has somehow violated his executive reach or overstepped his power in firing Comey, after Comey's explosive testimony admitting his role in the leaks President Trump has been vindicated. Silencing any and all critics with truth.
Judicial Watch letter continued in saying, “These memoranda were created by Mr. Comey while serving as FBI director, were written on his FBI laptop, and concerned official government business. 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.”
What Judicial Watch is suggesting that even if Comey is no longer employed by the Bureau the FBI is still directly responsible for the recovery of said memos.
The letter didn't stop there, further underscoring this point by writing that “Even if Mr. Comey no longer has possession of these particular memoranda, as he now claims, some or all of these memoranda may still be in possession of a third party, such as Professor Richman, and must be recovered,” reads the letter.
Fitton’s remarks hold water as Judicial Watch has been an advocate for a transparent government on countless occasions. In such it's built a highly respected opinion of itself from the general public and those with integrity in the government.
In closing the letter Fitton’s Judicial Watch wrote, “Mr. Comey took government records and the FBI and Justice Department are obligated to get them back,” concluded Fitton. “The former FBI director isn’t above the law and current leadership of the FBI should stop protecting him and take action.”
Judicial Watch has now filed a lawsuit in Federal Court citing the Federal Records Act as well as incompetence by the FBI for this inaction.