Judicial Watch Sues for Records of Alleged Russian Tampering in the 2016 Election

The State Department sent a cache of documents marked “secret” to Senator Benjamin Cardin of Maryland days before the Jan. 20 inauguration.
The State Department sent a cache of documents marked “secret” to Senator Benjamin Cardin of Maryland days before the Jan. 20 inauguration.

Judicial WatchWashington, DC-(Ammoland.com)- Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of State for all records provided by them to Senator Benjamin Cardin’s office related to alleged Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:17-cv-00852)).

The suit was filed after the State Department failed to respond to a March 2, 2017, FOIA request seeking:

  • All records provided by any official, employee, or representative of the Department of State to Senator Ben Cardin, any member of his staff, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and/or any Senate Foreign Relations Committee staff member regarding, concerning, or related to efforts by the Russian Government to affect, manipulate, or influence any election in the United States or any foreign country from November 8, 2016 to present.

The Obama Administration reportedly spread information about alleged Russian efforts to undermine the 2016 presidential election:

There was also an effort to pass reports and other sensitive materials to Congress. In one instance, the State Department sent a cache of documents marked “secret” to Senator Benjamin Cardin of Maryland days before the Jan. 20 inauguration. The documents, detailing Russian efforts to intervene in elections worldwide, were sent in response to a request from Mr. Cardin, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, and were shared with Republicans on the panel.

This is the fourth Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit (see here, here, here) related the surveillance, unmasking, and illegal leaking targeting President Trump and his associates.

“Did the Obama State Department improperly share classified information with a Democrat Senator as part of an anti-Trump scheme?” asked Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Needless to say, the Senate won’t be investigating Senator Cardin’s role in any potential violations of law, but Judicial Watch is going to federal court do just that.”

About Judicial Watch

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I have heard absolutely NO evidence that the ELECTION was hacked or tampered with. The DEMOCRATS were hacked, and from that we learned that in the runup to the election they were racist, antisemitic, cheated against Bernie Sanders, and colluded with the media to give Hillary an advantage in the primary. The ONLY reason there’s outrage is because a light was shined on Democrat dirt – if similar dirt had been revealed about Republicans, the hackers would be hailed as whistle blowers. Even if they were Russians. (Speaking of the Russians . . . wasn’t it the Hillary Clinton State… Read more »

Wild Bill

@Hank, You are correct, sir! That is exactly what she did (among other things)!

Wild Bill

@HankB, And today we learned more about the inner workings of the Democrat Party: A jury convicted former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown of financial crimes. The verdict came three days after closing arguments in a trial where Brown was showed to have received monies that aides secretly deposited in her bank account after passing it through other accounts. The 70-year-old Democratic icon, who spent 24 years in Congress before losing reelection last year, received $141,000 in untraceable cash over several years through sources including the sham charity One Door for Education and her Friends of Corrine Brown campaign committee. Shocking!


I have seen middle school children act more respectful and responsible than many in our government, including congress. It is about time to grow up, put the big boy pants on and get down to work. Congress has a miserable public rating because they deserve it. Holdovers from the obumer fiasco and do nothings spend their time playing political games and watching porn on their govt. computers. I am not even going to get into government credit cards right now. Cleaning house, or draining the swamp needs to pick up the pace and become a reality with special attention to… Read more »

Wild Bill

The more SESs, GS15s and GS14s and other leakers and shadow government Obama left overs that Trump fires, the better it is for Trump. The fewer replacement, the better it is for us.

Wild Bill

The liberal/progressive/socialist in the shadow government have forgotten the words, ” Serves at the Pleasure of the President.” The more of them that Trump fires, the better for him. The fewer that he replaces the better for us.

Jacob Opperman

Enough is Enough hey Mister and Miz government officials get over it the damn elections are over and Mr. Trump is our President. I am tired of you all spending our hard earn tax dollars on bullshit. Take those hard earn tax dollars and put them where they will be used wisely, like helping the Veterans or how about putting some of that money into the SS fund where you have been stealing from for years, by telling us it is the government money not the people’s money. I have not seen any damn person from upper management put tax… Read more »


AMEN, Couldn’t have said it better!