Judicial Watch announced that they will be filing an FOIA lawsuit against the United States Justice Department over any and all records having to do with Rod Rosenstein from the dates of May 8 to May 17, 2017.
This was during the time that disgraced former FBI Director James Comey was terminated from his position.
It was at this time that Rod Rosenstein and other higher-ups in the Justice Department spoke about secretly taking recordings of President Donald Trump in order to remove him from office via the 25th Amendment.
Judicial Watch reported today: Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice for all records of communications of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein between May 8 and May 17, 2017.
Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit after the DOJ failed to respond to a September 21, 2018, FOIA request (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:19-cv-00481)). Judicial Watch seeks:
Any and all e-mails, text messages, or other records of communication addressed to or received by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein between May 8, 2017, and May 22, 2017.
The time period referred to in the suit was a critical one. On May 8, 2017, Rosenstein wrote a memo to President Trump recommending that FBI Director James Comey be fired. The next day, President Trump fired Comey. On May 17 Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Between May 8 and May 17, Rosenstein met with then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe and other senior Justice Department FBI officials and discussed invoking the 25thAmendment to remove President Trump and whether Rosenstein and others should wear a wire to secretly record conversations with the President.
A FOIA lawsuit was previously filed by the Conservative watchdog group, which asked for all “records of communication of former FBI Deputy Director McCabe, the Office of the Attorney General Jeff Sessions, or the Office of Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein discussing the 25th Amendment or presidential fitness.”
That lawsuit also requests any and all recordings that were created by any official who is a part of the Office of the Attorney General or a part of Deputy Attorney General of meetings within the Executive Office of the President of the United States or the Vice President of the United States.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton stated of the lawsuit, “These critical days in May, a scant three months into President Trump’s term, included extraordinary targeting of President Trump by Rod Rosenstein and other Deep State officials at the DOJ and FBI. Judicial Watch’s focused FOIA lawsuit aims to uncover what exactly Mr. Rosenstein’s role was in any discussions to overthrow President Trump.”