Recently, a lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court in D.C. that could take some serious actions on the issue of Russian interference with the election. Since the CIA, the FBI, the Dept. of Homeland Security, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence have all failed to release any records they have regarding Russian interference in the presidential election, Ryan Shapiro and Jason Leopold filed the FOIA lawsuit.
Jason Leopold is an investigative reporter for Vice News, and has sued the government under the FOIA act many times. He was asking the State Department to release the emails from Hillary Clinton, even before the story of Clinton’s emails broke. But he was rejected many times as he asked for that. So he used the FOIA force release of the emails that hadn’t been “accidentally” destroyed.
Ryan Shapiro is a PhD student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) who studies the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. Some would say he has abused the act in the course of his animal rights work. Shapiro is regarded by the U.S. Department of Justice as the “most prolific” FOIA requester, and the FBI has claimed that his requests for information through the FOIA are “irreparably damaging to national security.”
According to Conservative Daily Post:
The two researchers sent a request on December 14 to all of the intelligence agencies named in the suit. In their letter they asked for copies of any communication between the Electoral College members and the intelligence community, leading up to the electoral vote on Dec. 19. They wanted to see any records of Electoral College members requesting information about Trump or his campaign staff, with regards to Russia.
They also asked for any communication between the two campaigns, the RNC, the DNC, or congress, that made any mention of Russian government interference in the election.
In short, the two researchers demanded that if Russia had deliberately helped Donald Trump win the election, Americans be shown evidence.
Establishment Neocon Lindsay Graham claims that nearly all of the Senate agrees that Russia interfered, without citing any proof.
“There are 100 United States senators. … I would say that 99 percent of us believe that the Russians did this, and we’re going to do something about it,” Graham told CNN recently.
Senator Graham, a losing contender for the Republican nomination for president in 2016, has been regularly issuing ominous threats to Russia, and criticizing Trump’s foreign policy positions.
We have the testimony of both Julian Assange, and leaked email bagman Craig Murray, going on record to categorically deny any Russian involvement.
The definitive last word on the “Russian hackers” allegations. https://t.co/kf8fKkrWJv
— Craig Murray (@CraigMurrayOrg) December 16, 2016
Wikileaks has repeatedly asserted that the DNC emails and John Podesta emails came from insider leaks, not from any foreign government hacks. In a breach of their typical security protocol they have cleared Russia by name.
Obama’s Russia sanctions: Note that the ‘hacking’ report released today:
1) Doesn’t mention WikiLeaks
2) Has the following disclaimer: pic.twitter.com/fu4QbRlcyB
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) December 29, 2016
If there IS evidence that Russia hacked the DNC servers, it had better be strong and specific. After all, extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof. Perhaps this is why the intelligence community is reluctant to release anything. They know that what they have is weak and inconclusive.
This is the way it should be done! Leopold and Shapiro don’t want to wait around forever! The Russians are not that stupid to hack our election, but the Americans were smart and voted for the right person! Donald Trump is our President and move on with that.