The Senate Judiciary Committee is considering whether to subpoena former FBI Director James Comey to appear before the committee following his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday. He initially had refused a request to testify to the Judiciary Committee.
Should Comey appear before the Judiciary Committee, he may be asked about his disclosure that he gave a “close friend” memos detailing his meetings with President Donald Trump. But he may also face questions about the bombshell lawsuit, filed Monday by a former U.S. intelligence contractor, that accused the FBI and CIA of illegally spying on millions of Americans, including Donald Trump, and accuses Comey of covering it up.
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Dennis Montgomery, the former contractor, reportedly passed his findings on to the FBI and is now alleging that the intelligence agencies buried the follow-up investigation, according to a report from Circa.
The former contractor’s suit attempts to prove there was a “pattern and practice” of conducting “illegal, unconstitutional surveillance” of millions of Americans, including Supreme Court justices, 156 federal judges, prominent businessmen, and others such as Donald Trump, as well as the plaintiffs themselves.
Montgomery claims that he obtained 600 million pages of classified documents contained on 47 hard drives detailing how the FBI surveilled millions of Americans —on a far larger scale than whistleblower Edward Snowden uncovered.
“This domestic surveillance was all being done on computers supplied by the FBI,” Montgomery told Circa. “So these supercomputers, which are FBI computers, the CIA is using them to do domestic surveillance.”
“They’re doing this domestic surveillance on Americans, running a project on U.S. soil,” Montgomery continued. “Can you imagine what someone can do with the information they were collecting on Americans, can you imagine that kind of power?”
In his lawsuit, Montgomery claims that “plaintiffs were assured that the FBI, under defendant Comey, would conduct a full investigation into the grave instances of illegal and unconstitutional activity set forth by Montgomery.”
“However, the FBI, on defendant Comey’s orders, buried the FBI’s investigation because the FBI itself is involved in an ongoing conspiracy to not only conduct the aforementioned illegal, unconstitutional surveillance, but to cover it up as well,” the suit alleges.
Both Montgomery and his lawyer, Larry Klayman, the founder of Judicial Watch, also say they believe that they were improperly spied on by the intelligence agencies in question, and their lawsuit includes NSA Director Mike Rogers, former CIA Director John Brennan, and former President Barack Obama as defendants.
Montgomery and Klayman say they hope that the Senate committees will press Comey for the truth in all areas, whether they pertain to Trump, Russia, or mass surveillance.
“So they’re all covering it up because if it comes out, they may wind up getting indicted and convicted and thrown in prison, and that’s the story here,” Klayman told One America News on Friday. “But no one wants to talk about that with Comey. They just want to have him go in there and lie and say that the president obstructed justice because they all have it in for Trump, the Democrats, and the Republicans.”
“And it’s now clear that Obama was directing a political campaign to use our own intelligence services to gather information to help his administration and to help Hillary Clinton get elected,” Klayman added. “And the intelligence agencies in this country who are trying to destroy Trump and his presidency right now are more powerful than the president himself.”