Sharyl Attkisson Previews Her Case Against Eric Holder's DOJ

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Posted: Jan 10, 2019 8:25 AM
Sharyl Attkisson Previews Her Case Against Eric Holder's DOJ

Source: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson is preparing for her oral arguments in her case against the Department of Justice and the FBI. Attkisson claims her computer was compromised by DOJ agents in late 2012 while she was reporting on the Benghazi attacks, Fast and Furious and Obamacare. She first sued the Obama administration over the unwanted surveillance in January 2015. 

She gave her "layperson’s explanation" of the upcoming case in a recent video, first by identifying her team's targets. Attkisson noted they are suing specific government officials like former Attorney General Eric Holder. The government, she explained, is arguing they enjoy "broad immunity" for their supervisory actions while in office. Her team will push back on that notion and argue that Holder "would have had to do more than just supervise these intrusions into my computer based on forensics" and therefore "immunity does not apply in this case."

In October 2014, the journalist released a video which she suggested was proof her computer had been hijacked by an outside party. The Obama DOJ declared that "to their knowledge" the department had "never compromised" Ms. Attkisson's computer.

Attkisson is also suing a bunch of "John Does" at the FBI who had access to devices that showed up in the forensics report. They can’t get the names until they have "discovery," but the government, she said, has "opposed every meaningful discovery" effort.

In her case against Holder, Attkisson hopes to expose the obtrusive government surveillance she says she experienced. 

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You can read more about Attkisson's surveillance claims in her book Stonewalled. In the book's description on Amazon, the author notes that it was the team under Obama who was the biggest culprit.

"The Obama Administration in particular has broken new ground in its monitoring of journalists, intimidation and harassment of opposition groups, and surveillance of private citizens."