will be “a fourth or a third or a fifth shoe to drop” as the
Department of Justice (DOJ) keeps slow-walking the turnover of
requested documents to Congress because “there’s embarrassing
information at issue here,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton
predicted Thursday on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”
nonprofit government watchdog released new DOJ emails Thursday
showing that high-ranking FBI officials advised former FBI
Director James Comey, shortly after his firing, to coordinate
with special counsel Robert Mueller ahead of Comey’s
Watch only obtained the emails after filing two Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) requests, beginning in August 2017.
asking for the FBI officials’ advice, Comey met with Mueller
before his June 2017 testimony about Russia’s meddling in the
2016 U.S. presidential election. During the email exchange with
the FBI officials, Comey asked to review the memos he wrote,
which contained classified information detailing his private
conversations with President Donald Trump. Comey asked a friend
of his to leak these memos to the press after Trump fired him.
(pictured above left) told Fox News host Laura Ingraham that the
emails Judicial Watch obtained show that Comey “was fired by the
president, and within a day or so he is communicating with the
FBI about upcoming testimony.”
said "typically there would be some coordination" going on, but
he insisted that Comey's coordination with top FBI officials
"was beyond the pale in terms of what government officials are
typically allowed to say in such situations."
if you're an FBI director and you're having meetings with the
president of the United States, typically the agencies tell you
you're not allowed to talk about it," Fitton said. "You're not
allowed to talk about documents you created at the FBI about
had … free reign during his testimony, and it was blessed both
by the FBI, it looks like, and by Mr. Mueller," Fitton added.
chief of staff James Rybicki sent a draft of his response to
Comey's request for advice to then-acting FBI Director Andrew
McCabe and other senior bureau executives in which Rybicki
recommended that Comey's counsel should "consult with special
counsel Mueller to determine the timing of any such testimony."
Office of General Counsel stands ready to discuss with you in
consultation with the Department of Justice and the special
counsel, institutional privileges or prerogatives that may be
presented by any such testimony," the draft continued.
Wisenberg (pictured above, right), former deputy independent
counsel for Kenneth Starr's Whitewater-Lewinsky investigation of
former President Bill Clinton, told Ingraham that he didn't "see
any problem for Mueller" with Comey's communications.
very clear that Comey has had a man crush on Mueller for quite
some time and wants to wrap himself in Mueller's glory,"
Wisenberg said. "But I don't think there's anything wrong with
Comey going to Mueller and saying, 'I'm going to testify. Do you
have any problem with what I'm going to say or how I'm going to
the DOJ and FBI have had a difficult time handing over documents
requested via FOIA, along with the subpoenaed documents that
members of various congressional committees have demanded to see
— as part of their reviews into the DOJ's and FBI's conduct
during key investigations.
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes
(R-Calif.) met with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein
Thursday to discuss his subpoenas for documents that DOJ
officials claim would compromise national security interests if
lawmakers read them. Nunes and other GOP lawmakers have
threatened to hold top DOJ officials in contempt of Congress if
they fail to reply in a more timely fashion.
takes threats, repeated threats" to get anywhere with the DOJ,
attorney Harmeet Dhillon told Ingraham.
(above, second from left), founder of the Dhillon Law Group Inc.
and Republican National Committeewoman for California, said,
"It's like those movies where the villains are chasing the train
and they're throwing stuff off the back to try to delay them,
eventually they're going to have to, you know, pay the piper and
come forward with this information. They're doing it very
slowly. There's clearly something they have to hide," Dhillon
complained that "this Justice Department takes the approach of
the modified limited hangout, in terms of information releases,"
noting that Mueller "sat on" key information "for months" before
the documents trickled out to lawmakers, Judicial Watch, and the
going to be a fourth or a third or a fifth shoe to drop," Fitton
warned. "And I don't believe that there's classified information
at issue here. There's embarrassing information at issue here."
agreed, saying, "We've now seen too many instances where the
Department of Justice and/or the FBI has said, 'We have to
redact this because it could endanger national security and it's
we have seen now, time after time, where it's been unredacted
and it's just been embarrassing," Wisenberg said. "And when you
do that two or three times, people are going to stop believing
you. You lose all credibility."