Southeastern Legal Foundation v. Federal Bureau of Investigation

Exposing Corrupution By Our Nation's Highest Top Law Enforcemenet Officers

About the Case

Southeastern Legal Foundation filed a federal lawsuit against the FBI for refusing to produce records regarding alleged lying, misleading, and withholding of information from the FISC to obtain the warrants to spy on the Trump campaign. The lawsuits are filed just as SLF’s client John Solomon’s breaking story revealed that DOJ and FBI attorneys not only knew that the Steele Dossier was questionable, but had in fact debunked nearly every assertion made by Steele and knew that the dossier contained unverifiable and false information.

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Attorneys play an integral role in the execution of our system of laws. As officers of the court, licensed lawyers voluntarily submit to regulatory governance under strict codes of conduct administered by quasi-governmental bodies charged with enforcement of those codes. On top of that, courts maintain and enforce their own rules to protect the integrity of the judicial system. While no rule is more important than another, an attorney’s duty to be open and honest with the court at all times must always remain at the forefront and should guide every action an attorney takes. This is true not only for private attorneys, but especially for our country’s government attorneys. President Bill Clinton’s surrender of his law license on his last day in office, followed by disbarment by the U.S. Supreme Court for his violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct, remind us that no one is above the law.

“The records sought by SLF in its FOIA request are necessary to help circle the square of information that we believe exists that the FISC may have warned powerful government attorneys in positions of high trust that their actions during the FISA warrant applications related to Carter Page and other American citizens,” said Kimberly Hermann, SLF general counsel.

As John Solomon reported, we know that high-ranking government officials met with Christopher Steele in October 2016 and that the federal government knew that Steele was simultaneously working for both the FBI and Hilary Clinton’s campaign to dig up dirt on then-candidate Donald Trump. The conflicts concerned one State Department employee so much that she flagged them in a typed memo and handwritten notes exactly 10 days before the FBI used the Steele Dossier to secure the Carter Page FISA Court application. This begs the questions: What else did the government attorneys know? What else did the government attorneys hide from the FISC? The American public deserves answers and SLF is committed to getting them.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, by and through the U.S. Department of Justice, today sent SLF a letter maintaining “no relevant documents” in the ongoing litigation described below – despite the release this week of the DOJ Inspector General report on FISA abuse and the Carter Page surveillance investigation detailing 17 counts of critical ‘errors and omissions’ that reveal wrongdoing and lapses in leadership and procedures throughout the FBI FISA process.

Case Status

Active Litigation

Court

Northern District of Georgia

Why This Matters

It is imperative that we uncover the truth and any and all evidence of the actions taken by our nation’s highest law enforcement officers’ and government attorneys’ who we know based on filings with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court lied, misled, and withheld information from the FISC in order to obtain permission to conduct surveillance on U.S. citizen Carter Page, and ultimate collection of information harmful to the Trump campaign and administration.

One of the most profound ways to help re-establish public trust in the rule of law is to hold these attorneys professionally and publicly accountable for their alleged grievous violations of the law and public trust.

“DOJ Inspector General Horowitz laid out a clear pattern of ‘errors and omissions’ – more than 17 such errors – committed by the FBI before the FISC on four separate warrant applications on Carter Page. It simply does not pass the straight-face test that the FBI now says it has ‘no responsive documents’ on its actions related to review and discipline. When will the deception and cover up end,” said Todd Young, SLF executive director.

“The FISA court has stringent rules governing behavior because it makes decisions on whether a federal agency can spy on Americans. Further, the burdens to tell the truth, disclose timely, and update the FISA court are even more critical because there are no other parties than the government providing evidence to the court – it’s unlike any other court in America,” said SLF general counsel Kimberly Hermann.

“The integrity of our judicial system – including rules governing attorney behavior – are absolutely at stake, as much as when we pursued President Bill Clinton’s law license after he lied under oath and obstructed justice. Our nation’s top law enforcement powers must be held to the same rules today.”

Why This Matters

It is imperative that we uncover the truth and any and all evidence of the actions taken by our nation’s highest law enforcement officers’ and government attorneys’ who we know based on filings with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court lied, misled, and withheld information from the FISC in order to obtain permission to conduct surveillance on U.S. citizen Carter Page, and ultimate collection of information harmful to the Trump campaign and administration.

One of the most profound ways to help re-establish public trust in the rule of law is to hold these attorneys professionally and publicly accountable for their alleged grievous violations of the law and public trust.

“DOJ Inspector General Horowitz laid out a clear pattern of ‘errors and omissions’ – more than 17 such errors – committed by the FBI before the FISC on four separate warrant applications on Carter Page. It simply does not pass the straight-face test that the FBI now says it has ‘no responsive documents’ on its actions related to review and discipline. When will the deception and cover up end,” said Todd Young, SLF executive director.

“The FISA court has stringent rules governing behavior because it makes decisions on whether a federal agency can spy on Americans. Further, the burdens to tell the truth, disclose timely, and update the FISA court are even more critical because there are no other parties than the government providing evidence to the court – it’s unlike any other court in America,” said SLF general counsel Kimberly Hermann.

“The integrity of our judicial system – including rules governing attorney behavior – are absolutely at stake, as much as when we pursued President Bill Clinton’s law license after he lied under oath and obstructed justice. Our nation’s top law enforcement powers must be held to the same rules today.”