The lawyer who founded Judicial Watch and later Freedom Watch, Larry Klayman, has
sent a letter to Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., chairman of the Permanent Select
Committee on Intelligence, asking him to look at a whistleblower’s evidence of
“systematic illegal surveillance on prominent Americans, again including the
chief justice of the Supreme Court, other justices, 156 judges, prominent
businessmen such as Donald Trump, and even yours truly.”
That spying was done, Klayman’s letter contends, by the
It’s become a major issue following President Trump’s
assertion that he and Trump Tower were spied upon by the federal government,
and the subsequent denials by intelligence and law-enforcement officials, including
who famously cleared Hillary Clintonon
accusations she mishandled classified information as secretary of state.
Klayman has been working with Dennis Montgomery, a former
NSA and Central Intelligence Agency contractor who “left the NSA and CIA with
47 hard drives and over 600 million pages of information, much of which is
Montgomery then “sought to come forward legally as a
whistleblower to appropriate government entities, including congressional
intelligence committees, to expose that the spy agencies were engaged for years
in systematic illegal surveillance on prominent Americans.”
Explained Klayman: “Working side by side with former
Obama Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who lied in congressional
testimony, and former Obama Director of the CIA, the equally ethically
challenged John Brennan, Montgomery witnessed ‘up close and personal’ this
“Orwellian Big Brother’ intrusion on privacy, likely for potential coercion,
blackmail or other nefarious purposes.”
But he said the testimony has been essentially ignored.
Now, however, with the issue pending before Congress,
there even are media reports that appear to substantiate the general claims
that the government has been spying. The New York Times in January referenced
wiretapping at Trump Tower, and just this week ABC News documented
that the FBI monitored Trump Tower.
The report claimed, “But it was not placed at the behest
of Barack Obama, and the target was not the Trump campaign of 2016. For two
years ending in 2013, the FBI had a court-approved warrant to eavesdrop on a
sophisticated Russian organized crime money-laundering network that operated
out of unit 63A in Trump Tower in New York.”
It resulted in the indictments of more than 30 people,
Explained the report: “The FBI investigation did not
implicate Trump. But Trump Tower was under close watch. Some of the Russian
mafia figures worked out of unit 63A in the iconic skyscraper – just three
floors below Trump’s penthouse residence – running what prosecutors called an
‘international money-laundering, sports gambling and extortion ring.'”
Klayman, a Washington watchdog who repeatedly took on the
Clinton political machine to investigate suspicion of wrongdoing, explained in
his letter to Nunes, which was copied to other members of Congress, that he
previously won a judgment from U.S. District Judge Richard Leon preliminarily
halting the “illegal, warrantless, and massive surveillance of U.S.
citiznes and lawful residents” in 2015.
As part of Nunes’ hearing on claims of government spying,
he invited “anyone who has information about these topics to come forward.”
Klayman said that is exactly what Montgomery has done.
“There is a myriad of evidence, direct and
circumstantial, of the illegal and unconstitutional surveillance disclosed to
the FBI by Montgomery,” said Klayman, describing how his client made an
on-camera interview with the agency about the misdeeds some time ago.
He said Montgomery “holds much of the roadmap to
‘draining the swamp’ of this corruption of our democracy.”
Montgomery, Klayman said, has information “that the spy agencies were engaged
for years in systematic illegal surveillance on prominent Americans.”
During Montgomery’s interview with FBI General Counsel James Baker,
under grants of immunity, he “laid out how persons like then businessman Donald
Trump were illegally spied upon by Clapper, Brennan, and the spy agencies of
“He even claimed that these spy agencies had manipulated
voting in Florida during the 2008 presidential election, where illegal
tampering resulted in helping Obama to win the White House.”
But that interview, “conducted and videotaped by Special
FBI Agents Walter Giardina and William Barnett, occurred almost two years ago,
and nothing that I know of has happened since.”
Klayman wrote that it appears to have been “buried” by
Comey, possibly because “the FBI itself collaborates with the spy agencies
to conduct illegal surveillance.”
He said he previously visited with a staff lawyer,
Allen Souza, to inform Nunes of questions that needed to be put to Comey while
“My expressed purpose: to have Chairman Nunes of the
House Intelligence Committee ask Comey, under oath, why he and his FBI have
seemingly not moved forward with the Montgomery investigation while, on the
other hand, the FBI director recently claimed publicly, I believe falsely, that
there is ‘no evidence’ of surveillance on President Trump and those around him
by the Obama administration.
“Indeed, there is,” he wrote.
He tells members of Congress that Comey needs to be
grilled during a subsequent hearing, now set for March 28. He asks Nunes to
respond by March 24 to let “the American people, and Mr. Montgomery … know
where you and the other members of your committee stand.”
“Do you intend to get at and investigate the full truth,
or as has regrettably been the case for many years in government, sweep the
truth under the carpet?”
Other recipients of the letter were Reps. Adam Schiff,
Mike Conaway, Peter King, Frank LoBiondo, Tom Rooney, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen,
Michael Turner, Brad Wenstrup, Chris Stewart, Rich Crawford, Trey Gowdy, Elise
Stefanik, Will Hurd, Jim Hines, Terri Sewell, Andre Carson, Jackie Speier, Mike
Quigley, Eric Swalwell, Joaquin Castro and Denny Heck.
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