Wouldn’t you know it, as documents from the Russia collusion hoax are finally being made public, the Department of Justice has suspended its electronic Freedom of Information Act operations. Yesterday, Judicial Watch released a joint status report in its FOIA lawsuit for records about Justice Department officials Bruce Ohr and his wife Nellie Ohr. The Ohrs were heavily involved in the anti-Trump Steele dossier.
Judicial Watch was conveniently told by the FBI’s Assistant Section chief of FBI Records/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS) that it is unable to continue searching for documents. Employees who would conduct the search “have been designated as not mission-critical and sent home as of March 17, 2020.” Chief Michael G. Seidel added while they “anticipate” its staff will return to work on March 30, “this situation remains fluid and will be regularly re-assessed as circumstances change.”
On Tuesday of this week, Judicial Watch announced its receipt of “138 pages of emails between former FBI official Peter Strzok and former FBI attorney Lisa Page.” In the records, it is revealed that the FBI, under the Obama administration, was aware that Senator John McCain (R-AZ) had leaked the Steele dossier. One email from January 10 of 2017, Strzok said the Steele dossier version published by BuzzFeedwas “identical’ to the version given to the FBI by McCain and had ‘differences’ from the dossier provided to the FBI by Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson and Mother Jones reporter David Corn.”
Judicial Watch reported additional information from the emails such as “FBI agents mocking President Trump a few weeks before he was inaugurated. In addition, the emails reveal the Strzok communicated with then-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe about the ‘leak investigation’ tied to the Clinton Foundation (the very leak in which McCabe was later implicated).” Anyone out there still believe there was no agenda to disrupt Trump’s presidency?
The Department of Justice did not respond to Judicial Watch’s December 2017 request for all communications between Strzok and Page, which then led to the filing of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit in January of 2018. Judicial Watch states that the FBI “has only processed the records at a rate of 500 pages per month and has refused to process text messages.” Therefore, “at this rate, the production of these communications would not be completed until at least late 2021.”
But wouldn’t you know it, they now get to blame a global pandemic for pushing it out even further.