This is Tom Fitton’s December 3, 2018 acceptance speech for the Freedom Flame Award given to him at the Center for Security Policy with an introduction by former District of Columbia United States Attorney, Joe diGenova. As the President of Judicial Watch, he has filed hundreds of Freedom of Information Requests that have done much more than the Government to investigate and expose the criminality of the Clinton Foundation and the Obama Administration.
Fitton begins by explaining that he stumbled upon the Clinton email scandal by accident, while Judicial Watch was investigating the 2012 Benghazi attack on US diplomatic facilities in Libya that resulted in the deaths of US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and US Foreign Service employee, Sean Smith.
Little did Fitton know that that Clinton email scandal would so frighten the establishment that they would immediately try to figure out ways to “get out of it”. He says the way they’ve been doing that is by diverting attention away from themselves and by siccing the FBI and the Justice Department on Donald Trump.
“This Justice Department and the FBI, while it was supposed to be prosecuting and investigating Hillary Clinton was actually working with her campaign to come up with fraudulent reasons to spy on, investigate and target Donald Trump and his team. There’s no scandal like that in American history; not in the history of the FBI; not in the history of the Justice Department.
“The Democrats and the Left will talk about these ridiculous Trump scandals and of the Administration. I’m sure there are some ethical problems, no matter what administration you have. We know that at Judicial Watch. We’ve sued the Trump Administration 50-plus times already for documents.
“But the scandal of our generation is what’s going on with the targeting of President Trump. The hijacking of the FBI and the CIA and the Justice Department and the Defense Department – and who knows what other agencies, to try to drive him out of office…
“This Justice Department…has set itself up has a fourth branch of government, that thinks it can investigate and harass the President in a way that not only impacts his ability to govern here, at home but in managing our nation’s national security matters abroad…I mean, this is a Justice Department that isn’t working for the people, anymore…
“One says, ‘What can you do? What can we do?’ Well, you know…I’ll use a bromide, here. All you can do is what you can do and you would think that’s pretty easy – but it isn’t.
“Ask yourself, ‘Has Congress done everything it can do? Has our executive branch? Have our foreign intelligence establishment agencies or law enforcement agencies at the Federal level? Have they done what they can do? Have the political leadership of both parties done what they could do? Has the media done what they can do?’
“Of course not but I’ll tell you this: Judicial Watch does what it can do and I’m asking you to do what you can do…you’ll be doing 50, 75, 100 percent more than the folks you pay [Congress] to do the work that you think ought to be done.”