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JW Goes to Court for Records on Infamous Tarmac Meeting Between Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton 

 Untangling the knots of corruption in the Obama-Clinton administration is hardly over, and we continue to pursue the truth diligently and deliberately.

In that regard, we have filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Justice for records related to the meeting held between then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in 2016 (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:17-cv-00421)).

We sued after the agency failed to respond to a June 29, 2016, FOIA request seeking:

  • All records and/or transcripts of a meeting held between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton in June 2016.
  • All records of communication sent to or from officials in the Office of the Attorney General regarding the meeting.
  • All records of communication sent to or from officials in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General regarding the meeting.
  • All references to the meeting held between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton contained in day planners, calendars and schedules in the Office of the Attorney General.

Lynch met privately Clinton on board a parked plane.  The meeting occurred during the investigation of Mrs. Clinton’s email server and only a few days before the FBI interviewed her.  Reacting to public outrage, Lynch quickly admitted that the meeting with Bill Clinton “cast a cloud ” over the Justice Department/FBI investigation.  The plane meeting confirmed to many that the Clinton investigation was wired.  Sure enough, not long afterward, FBI Director James Comey called Hillary Clinton’s actions “extremely careless” but did not recommend charges.

The infamous tarmac meeting is a vivid example of why many Americans believe the Obama administration’s criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s activities was rigged.  Now it will be up to Attorney General Sessions at the Trump Justice Department to finally shed some light on this subversion of justice.

We previously requested that the Justice Department’s Inspector General investigate the tarmac meeting.  No action there, of course.

In October, we filed a lawsuit  seeking FBI “302” documents, which are reports of FBI investigation interviews, from the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s email practices related communications and records regarding the June 2016 meeting between Lynch and Clinton.  Documents in response to this lawsuit are being regularly posted on the FBI website here (https://vault.fbi.gov/hillary-r.-clinton).

Once again, it will be up to your Judicial Watch to get to the real truth on this major Obama-Clinton scandal.  Stay tuned.

 

Axing EPA Program that Gave Leftist Groups Millions Is Called “Racist”

Last week, I reported to you about the IRS’ “discovery” of nearly 7,000 new Obama IRS abuse scandal-related records years after the fact.  You can see from our Corruption Chronicles blog that the IRS bureaucracy can move much faster for those who want to worship Satan:

While the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) makes conservative groups wait years for tax-exempt status an “After School Satan Club” launched to hinder Christian-based counterparts got its nonprofit ranking in just ten days, records obtained by Judicial Watch show. The classification is offered to charitable, religious and educational organizations that operate as nonprofits. Under the Obama administration IRS political appointees illegally targeted conservative groups, either making them wait up to seven years for tax-exempt status or denying their application altogether.  Judicial Watch uncovered that scandal  and has obtained piles of government records showing how the IRS illegally colluded with another federal agency to single out groups with conservative-sounding terms such as patriot and Tea Party in their titles when applying for tax-exempt status.

In the meantime, leftist groups like the Satan club got fast tracked. The principle goal of establishing the Satan clubs in public schools throughout Washington State appears to be to counter existing enterprises operated by a Christian-based group. Documents  obtained by Judicial Watch include the process of establishing an after-school Satan club at Point Defiance Elementary in Tacoma.  The entity behind the club is a nonprofit called Reason Alliance, which is based in Somerville, Massachusetts, and operates in Washington State as the Satanic Temple of Seattle.  Its director, Lilith X. Starr, established the Point Defiance Elementary Satanic club, the records show. In its application the club states that its purpose is “character development” and that adult instructors are vetted by the Satanic Temple’s “Executive Ministry.”  Children ages 5-12 will develop basic critical reasoning, character qualities, problem solving and creative expression, according to the Satanic Temple filings included in the documents.  The club logo is a pencil with devil’s horns. Records obtained by Judicial Watch from the Treasury Department show that the Satanic cult applied for tax-exempt status on October 21, 2014 and received it on October 31, 2014.

The parent permission forms ask for the name of the child’s church and pastor, the records show.  They also reveal that Starr, the Seattle Satanic Temple director, told Tacoma School District Superintendent Carla Santorno that the clubs are led by “caring Satanists” and each child receives a membership card. Starr also tells the superintendent that the effort to establish after-school Satan clubs in Tacoma schools is in direct response to the Christian-based Good News Clubs  operating in campuses throughout the district. This ignited concern among some Tacoma district officials, the records show. In one electronic mail exchange, Tacoma Schools official Andrea O-Brien-Henley sends colleague Paul Koch a citation from the Satanic Temple’s website noting that the temple only wants to establish after-school Satan clubs in school districts with Christian Good News Clubs. O’Brien-Henley notes that it’s odd that the Satanic Temple only targets schools that have Good News Clubs, writing to hear colleague: “If they really want to get their message out to kids it seems kind of odd that they would only be targeting schools with a Good News Club; one would think that they would want to start clubs anywhere there is an *interest* in them.”

Here’s the citation that O’Brien-Henley forwarded to fellow school district official Koch from the Satanic Temple’s website: “How do I start an After School Satan Club in my school district?  If there isn’t a chapter of The Satanic Temple near you, but you’re interested in starting and After School Satan Club in your school district, please contact The Satanic Temple. Please keep in mind that the Satanic Temple is not interested in operating After School Satan Clubs in school districts that are not already hosting the Good News Club. However, The Satanic Temple ultimately intends to have After School Satan Clubs operating in every school district where the Good News Club is represented.”

In another exchange, the Executive Director of Communications for the Tacoma School District, Dan Voelpel, expresses concern to colleagues that people will confuse the school district’s message of tolerance toward the Satan Club with tolerance toward alleged “hate-related activities around the country in the wake of the presidential election.” In the records the principal of Point Defiance Elementary reveals that, two weeks after the Satan club was launched, no one had signed up for it.  The fact remains however, that the IRS fast-tracked a deranged Satanic cult to operate as a nonprofit in taxpayer-funded elementary schools.

 

JW Asks Supreme Court To Safeguard Election Integrity

 Our court efforts to preserve election integrity now officially included a plea to the United States Supreme Court.

Our attorneys filed an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of Ohio’s efforts to ensure that its voter rolls are up to date.  The case is on appeal from the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, which held Ohio’s process is in violation of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993  (NVRA ) (Jon Husted, Ohio Secretary of State v. Philip Randolph Institute, et al. (No. 16-980)).

In filing its amicus brief in support of Ohio’s voter registration law, JW argued that the Sixth Circuit’s 2-1 ruling  would undermine the 2014  settlement agreement between Judicial Watch and its litigation partner, True the Vote, and the State of Ohio  (Judicial Watch and True the Vote v. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted  (No. 2:12-cv-00792)).  The settlement agreement required Ohio to contact inactive voters every year to confirm they had not moved or died, as one of many steps to fulfill Ohio’s voter list maintenance obligations under the NVRA.  In that lawsuit, JW and True the Vote alleged violations of the NVRA by the State of Ohio.  (Our Election Integrity Project has found that many states have more individuals on their voting rolls than those eligible to vote.)

We also argue that, in preventing Ohio from cleaning its voter rolls, the lower court “inverted the plain meaning” of the federal voter list integrity law. Judicial Watch contends that Ohio should be permitted to continue its process of “sending of a statutory confirmation notice to any registrant that has not had any voting-related activity for two years.” Judicial Watch further argues:

After that, the registrant may be removed from the rolls if there is no response or further activity for two general federal elections.  … [T]he failure to vote only leads to the sending of a notice.  Subsequent removal is due to the failure to respond to that notice for a period of time that may extend up to four years.  The Sixth Circuit’s attempt to argue otherwise relies on a misuse of the plain language of the NVRA.

Our attorneys also point out that the Sixth Circuit ruling, if allowed to stand, would adversely affect our settlement agreement with Ohio:

In January of 2014 the parties settled the lawsuit, agreeing to terms for Ohio to perform certain NVRA Section 8 list maintenance practices through November 2018.  A key provision of this Settlement Agreement was Ohio’s agreement to perform an annual list maintenance “Supplemental Mailing” to voters who had no contact with Ohio’s election offices in two years.  The Settlement Agreement required Ohio to send the Supplemental Mailing every year, whereas Ohio had previously been sending the mailing every two years.  The Supplemental Mailing portion of the Settlement Agreement was so important to the parties that they subsequently negotiated an amendment solely to give Ohio greater flexibility over which month of the year to initiate the Supplemental Mailing.

Judicial Watch never would have agreed to the Settlement Agreement with Ohio and dismissed its lawsuit if it believed that the Supplemental Mailing was legally impermissible.  If the Sixth Circuit’s ruling in this case is allowed to stand, this key provision of Judicial Watch’s Settlement Agreement could be voided.

JW attorney Robert Popper, the director our Election Integrity Project, also joined with five other former attorneys of the Civil Rights Division Attorneys of the Justice Department to file an amici curiae brief  in the Husted case. In their brief, Popper and his associates argue:

[T]he Sixth Circuit’s interpretation of the NVRA conflicts with its text, structure, and history. Amici have long interpreted the statute oppositely, and they helped the Justice Department negotiate settlements that would be illegal under the Sixth Circuit’s view. [Emphasis added] Second, the Sixth Circuit’s decision deprives Ohio and other jurisdictions of an important means to combat bloated voter rolls, a real and pressing threat to the integrity of federal elections.

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The NVRA has two main goals: maximizing the number of eligible citizens on the voter rolls and minimizing the number of ineligible citizens on the voter rolls.

The Obama Justice Department and its allies on the Left were fanatical in their efforts to undermine election integrity measures like the efforts to keep clean voter lists in Ohio.  Dirty election rolls mean dirty elections.  The Supreme Court should reverse the Sixth Circuit decision and allow the Ohio to continue to ensure that dead people, those who have moved to other states, and other ineligible names are removed from its voter registration lists.

 

Until next week...


Tom Fitton
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