UPDATED 7:36 AM PT — Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Government watchdog group Judicial Watch recently released emails from the Obama State Department related to the origins of the “debunked Russia hoax.”
In a statement Monday, Judicial Watch said Obama-era officials, including John Kerry and Victoria Nuland, worked on the unverified Trump dossier back in 2016. They coordinated their efforts with Daniel Silverberg, who was a top aide to Democrat House Whip Steny Hoyer at the time.
Judicial Watch said Obama officials were sending classified information to their affiliates in Congress. They also sought to release the dossier shortly after the election.
“Well that’s inappropriate, because they sent out classified information to people who don’t need to see it for improper purposes, it’s illegal,” explained Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “In fact, one of the emails shows — ‘we made the deadline!’ — it was the day before the inauguration…they tried to get the dirt out on Trump and Russia, that’s what the documents suggest.”
The watchdog group is also suing the State Department for communication between Nuland and Fusion GPS to obtain further evidence of anti-Trump activity at top levels of the Obama administration.