With a move that could signal trouble for disgraced former FBI Director James Comey, a federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to preserve what are likely damning emails from the tall man’s personal account.
The order comes in response to a request from conservative watchdog Judicial Watch that the emails be preserved for future Freedom Of Information Act requests.
It was a stinging blow to de facto attorney general Rod Rosenstein who has stonewalled and obfuscated attempts at congressional oversight in the hope that Dems will win control of the House and stifle the investigations into the Hillary Clinton coverup as well as the plot to topple President Trump.
The order will likely prevent those mysterious emails to avoid being fed into the shredder – at least for now anyway.
Even worse news for Comey?
The Justice Department must release the emails to Judicial Watch no later than September 28th which could potentially neutralize any Democrat efforts to use Saint Jim in pre-election propaganda campaigns.
Comey is on record as calling for Americans to “vote Democrat” in the midterms with the unspoken message being that his mangy rear end depends on the probes into FBI corruption being shut down.
According to Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch:
A judge has ordered the Department of Justice (DOJ) to preserve any emails located on former FBI Director James Comey’s personal email account after a government watchdog revealed he used the account to conduct government business.
The order issued Monday in federal court in Washington, D.C., comes in response to a request from the right-leaning group Judicial Watch asking for the records to be preserved for use in possible Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
“In order to avoid any possible issues later in this litigation, the Court will grant Plaintiffs’ Motion. Defendant is ordered to take all necessary and reasonable steps to ensure that any records that are potentially responsive to either of the Plaintiffs’ FOIA requests located on former Director Comey’s personal e-mail account are preserved,” U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly wrote.
The judge said the DOJ had failed to explain why it was an “undue burden” to preserve records from Comey’s personal account. Judicial Watch has requested that records of meetings between Comey and top Democrats, including former President Obama, be preserved.
The agency “has not explained why this preservation order would prejudice Defendant or cause any undue burden. Indeed, it appears that Defendant is taking steps to ensure the preservation of these records already,” she wrote.
The revelation that Comey was using his private account to conduct FBI business (and likely political skullduggery) was made public in Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on the Clinton email “matter” that came out in June.
For a guy as slippery as a jar of greased eels those private emails may very well come back to haunt him in a big way, especially if Rosenstein rolls snake eyes on his stalling tactics which are a huge gamble given the unpopularity of the Democrats.