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“WE NEED TO EMPANEL A GRAND JURY”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Mar. 25, 2017) — In an interview on Saturday with Bob McLain of ESPN Radio, Atty. Larry Klayman said that government data-harvesting resulted in the collection of his banking records from when he lived in Florida in 2007.
Klayman, who founded Judicial Watch and later Freedom Watch, represents former NSA and CIA contractor Dennis Montgomery, who Klayman terms a “whistleblower” on alleged widespread government surveillance.
Since Montgomery became his client in 2015, Klayman has reported that Montgomery alleges that government entities have conducted illegal data-harvesting on federal judges, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Donald Trump when he was a private citizen, Klayman himself, and other prominent Americans.
In a video presentation released on March 5, Klayman said that Roberts’s “financial records” were collected by government surveillance.
On Monday, Klayman wrote a letter to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes in which he suggested that Nunes bring in Montgomery to testify about the data he said he collected during his time as a software developer for the NSA and CIA.
Klayman believes that FBI Director James Comey was dishonest during last Monday’s public hearing in front of the committee when he said he had seen no evidence supporting Trump’s claim that his campaign office at Trump Tower was “wiretapped” last fall.
In 2015, Klayman was able to arrange for Montgomery to speak with a federal judge in Washington, DC and later, two FBI agents, reportedly providing them with 47 hard drives and 600 million records supporting his claims of warrantless collection of data.
Klayman reports that the investigation thought to have been launched into Montgomery’s claims appears to be stonewalled and that members of Congress, including House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, have not responded to Klayman’s calls and emails requesting a status on the information provided.
On Monday, both Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers testified to the House Intelligence Committee in a public forum. This coming Tuesday, their former Obama regime counterparts as well as Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates were scheduled to testify in the same manner. However, on Friday Nunes announced that Comey and Rogers will instead return for a closed-door session that day to discuss information that is largely classified.
Klayman has named former CIA Director John Brennan and former NSA Director James Clapper as having allegedly carried out the surveillance of Trump during the presidential campaign. “This will go all the way to the top,” he told McLain, indicating that he believes Barack Obama was aware of the surveillance or “should have known.”
“We need to empanel a grand jury,” Klayman said at 7:40. “They really need to follow the evidence wherever it may lead,” he said, referring to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Grand juries were made a part of our constitutional framework by means of the Fifth Amendment to provide a bulwark between government and the citizenry when a criminal accusation is made. Since World War II, the scope and power of grand juries has diminished significantly as prosecutors and judges have exerted more influence over grand jury activities.
On Friday, Klayman was interviewed by Alex Jones of Infowars on the same topic.