Biden’s Crooked DOJ Told Court to Hide Surveillance of Congressional Investigators for Five Years ⋆ JP
Biden’s crooked Department of “Justice” has been caught telling a federal magistrate to hide its illegal investigations into congressional investigators for five consecutive years.
Jason Foster was the chief investigative counsel for Sen. Chuck Grassley on the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2017. But recently, Google provided documents to him that revealed some shocking facts.
Per Just the News
Foster on Tuesday told Just the News that lawyers for Google have now provided him documents showing that DOJ asked a federal magistrate for five consecutive years to delay notifying him that his data had been subpoenaed in an apparent federal leaks investigation.
The seizure of his personal data occurred in 2017 while he worked for the Senate, and ordinarily under the original court order, Foster would have been notified a year later. But because the DOJ sought court approval ex parte to keep its surveillance secret, he wasn’t alerted until earlier this fall, six years after the initial subpoena. Ex parte actions are motions, hearings or orders granted on the request of and for the benefit of one party only, without notice to the other party, in this case, Foster.
This is an exception to the basic rule of court procedure that both parties must be present at any argument before a judge.
At least a dozen Republican or Democrat members of Congress or their staff, including former House Intelligence Committee lawyer Kash Patel, also have been notified in recent months that DOJ spied on their activities.
Now, he is suing the DOJ claiming that his civil rights were violated.
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“Why after that occurred, would they still be trying to keep the order for my records, and my other Democrat and Republican colleagues’ records secret, after the case is already over?” he asked. “That’s the question that I am urging authorities on the Hill and the Inspector General to look into now.”
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan also feels that the DOJ broke the law.
“The Justice Department’s efforts to obtain the private communications of congressional staffers, including staffers conducting oversight of the Department, is wholly unacceptable and offends fundamental separation of powers principles as well as Congress’s constitutional authority to conduct oversight of the Department,” he wrote in a letter.
“That’s a huge concern beyond just the constitutional speech or debate privilege issues, and attorney client privilege issues. I mean, I was also an attorney representing the committee,” Foster explained. “But yeah, there area whistleblower issues as well. I mean, obviously, I had communications, you know, with lots of FBI whistleblowers, and other agencies, and sometimes the best protection for whistleblowers is anonymity.”
“Well, if they’re watching my phone records, and they know who I’m talking to, and they can guess or figure out who I’m talking to, that’s going to kill whistleblowers from talking to me,” he warned.
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