On Monday, SaraACarter.com reported that government watchdog, Judicial Watch had filed a motion in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, requesting that the Department of Justice preserve records from former FBI Director James Comey’s personal email account.
The organization announced Tuesday that the Department of Justice has been ordered to preserve those email records and must review and release any “responsive, non-exempt records” to Judicial Watch by September 28.
The FBI has been playing shell games with Comey’s records and other records…
The court ruled:
“[T]he Court will allow [the DOJ] until September 28, 2018, to complete its review and release any responsive, non-exempt records to Plaintiffs. That being said, [the DOJ} is also ORDERED to make rolling productions between today and September 28, 2018, at reasonable intervals, of any records that are reviewed and found to be responsive and non-exempt. In order to avoid any possible issues later in this litigation, the Court will GRANT [Judicial Watch’s] Motion. [The DOJ] is ORDERED to take all necessary and reasonable steps to ensure that any records that are potentially responsive to either of the Plaintiffs’ FOIA requests located on former Director Comey’s personal e-mail account are preserved. Although it contends that such an order is unnecessary, [the DOJ] has not explained why this preservation order would prejudice the Defendant or cause any undue burden.”
After June’s DOJ Inspector General’s report revealed that Comey had used a personal email for work-related business, Judicial Watch and the Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF) filed a motion with the D.C. district court seeking an order to have the Justice Department preserve those emails. This motion was opposed by the Justice Department and the FBI.
Prior to that motion, on April 25, the Daily Caller and Judicial Watch filed a joint lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) seeking records and emails from Comey “regarding meetings and conversations he had with then-President Barack Obama, then-Vice President Joe Biden and a variety of other political figures.”
Judicial Watch president, Tom Fitton, said “The FBI has been playing shell games with Comey’s records and other records, so we’re pleased the court issued this preservation order. This preservation order helps to ensure no Comey records are going to be lost or destroyed. We expect the DOJ to take immediate steps to make sure the records are preserved, as the court ordered.”