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Larry Klayman: Montgomery toppled DNI

Director of National Intelligence SealIn a nutshell:

Larry Klayman suggested to the Post & Email that Dennis Montgomery might have had something to do with the resignation of the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper.

Rambling details:

You may recall that Larry Klayman filed a lawsuit over federal surveillance of telecommunications records. As a result of his actions, injunctions were issued preventing the government from collecting this information on Larry Klayman himself and his 4 co-defendants. This all came out of the revelations of former CIA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden about what the government was doing.

But a less well-known former CIA contractor who paints himself as a whistleblower is represented by Larry Klayman, and that is Dennis Montgomery, a figure in the Melendres v. Arpaio contempt of court proceedings earlier in the year. Montgomery, unlike Snowden, didn’t actually blow any whistle, at least not that you could hear. He pursued immunity before he would toot, immunity that was not forthcoming.

It is an open question so far as I am concerned whether Dennis Montgomery himself had any personal knowledge of the secret government collection of telecommunications metadata, and whether he had possession of any of this data. The 50 hard drives Montgomery provided to Sheriff Joe Arpaio were examined by two former NSA experts, and they used the words “total fraud.”

Anyhow, Director of National Intelligence Clapper has resigned, effective January 17, right before the new administration begins, capping a 50-year career in public service. I don’t quite see how Montgomery’s not really whistleblowing and Clapper’s 3-day-early resignation, is something that one could draw an inference from. But then, I am not a birther.

Clapper himself offered this reassurance to the American people on Thursday about the upcoming Trump presidency:

It will be okay.

A postscript to this story concerns a remark appearing in the P&E article:

Klayman represents Montgomery in a defamation lawsuit against New York Times writer and book author James Risen as well as in Montgomery’s meetings last year with the FBI, when [Montgomery] was granted two separate immunity agreements by the agency.

What might be more informative is to say that Klayman represents Montgomery in the appeal of his loss in the Montgomery v. Risen lawsuit. Writer Risen called Montgomery a con man, and Montgomery sued for defamation. In a order this past July 15, United States District Judge Rudolph Contreras granted the defense motion for summary judgment: “Defendants’ motion for summary judgment (DCF No. 201) is GRANTED and JUDGMENT IS ENTERED in favor of Defendants on all counts of the Amended Complaint.” The Defendants’ motion for sanctions was denied. Judge Contreras opened his Memorandum Opinion with the words: “The twists and turns of this case could fill the pages of a book. In fact, much of it already has,” referring to Risen’s book, Pay any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War.

Klayman has filed notice of appeal. The case number of the appeal with the DC Circuit is 16-7096; final briefs are due in February of 2017.

[Update: The DC Court of Appeals denied a renewed petition from Montgomery for oral arguments on 9/26/2017 and the case will be decided on the trial record and the appeal briefs.]

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8 Responses to Larry Klayman: Montgomery toppled DNI

  1. avatar
    Reality Check November 19, 2016 at 8:22 pm #

    In short, complete bullpuckey.

  2. avatar
    Curious George November 20, 2016 at 9:11 am #

    What is Klayman’s fascination with government in underwear?

  3. avatar
    J.D. Sue November 20, 2016 at 12:13 pm #

    Funny. Well, Larry Klayman’s boy Dennis Montgomery sure had something to do with toppling Sheriff Joe. And casting a shadow on Judge Lamberth. Nice work, Larry.

  4. avatar
    bob November 20, 2016 at 2:57 pm #

    Just Klayman’s usual attention whoring: Klayman is watching the parade pass him by.

    Gallup, of course, was all too eager to spread thus manure on his show as well.

  5. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy November 20, 2016 at 7:13 pm #

    Additional information has been added to my article above:

    A postscript to this story concerns a remark appearing in the P&E article:

    Klayman represents Montgomery in a defamation lawsuit against New York Times writer and book author James Risen as well as in Montgomery’s meetings last year with the FBI, when [Montgomery] was granted two separate immunity agreements by the agency.

    What might be more informative is to say that Klayman represents Montgomery in the appeal of his loss in the Montgomery v. Risen lawsuit. Writer Risen called Montgomery a con man, and Montgomery sued for defamation. In a decision this past July 15, United States District Judge Rudolph Contreras granted the defense motion for summary judgment: “Defendants’ motion for summary judgment (DCF No. 201) is GRANTED and JUDGMENT IS ENTERED in favor of Defendants on all counts of the Amended Complaint.” The Defendants’ motion for sanctions was denied.

    Judge Contreras opened his Memorandum Opinion with the words: “The twists and turns of this case could fill the pages of a book. In fact, much of it already has,” referring to Risen’s book, Pay any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War.”

    Klayman has filed notice of appeal. The case number of he appeal with the DC Circuit is 16-7096; final briefs are due in February of 2017.

    Note: Risen’s book in Kindle edition is available for under $2 at Amazon.com.

  6. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy November 20, 2016 at 8:52 pm #

    Cute: the judge cited Farrah v. Esquire Magazine in granting summary judgment in Montgomery v. Risen. It was cited for the purpose of denying a tort claim because the underlying defamation claim was denied.

  7. avatar
    Curious George November 20, 2016 at 11:45 pm #

    Dr. Conspiracy:
    Cute: the judge cited Farrah v. Esquire Magazine in granting summary judgment in Montgomery v. Risen.

    Poetic justice it would seem.

  8. avatar
    misha November 22, 2016 at 8:03 pm #

    J.D. Sue: Nice work, Larry.

    Klayman once sued his own mother, and took it to trial: “Klayman did not dispute the fact that he is suing his mother, Shirley Feinberg.”

    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/strange_bedfellow/1998/06/nut_watch.html

    For those who want the full Klayman oeuvre: http://tinyurl.com/zoa3onl

    My favorite: Lawyer Behind NSA Lawsuit Once Sued His Own Mother, Believes Obama Is Kenyan Socialist Muslim

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/16/lawyer-nsa-lawsuit_n_4454902.html