Award-winning investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson believes the Obama administration illegally spied on her while she reported on the Operation Fast and Furious and Benghazi scandals.
And she is determined to hold the officials behind the allegations against her accountable.
The Hill’s John Kruzel reports:
A previous lawsuit Attkisson filed in 2015 alleging civil liberties and other violations was ultimately dismissed. Since then, she claims, new information about the identity of those involved in surveilling her computers and phones from 2011 to 2014 has come to light that warrant new litigation.
“The plaintiffs first acquired the details regarding key individuals involved in the surveillance in August 2019 from a person involved in the wrongdoing who has come forward to provide information,” Attkisson said in a complaint filed on behalf of herself and her family on Friday in federal court in Maryland.
Attkisson also filed similar litigation in federal court in Virginia, where the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit last year affirmed her lawsuit’s dismissal upon appeal.
Attkisson, who worked as a journalist at CBS News during the relevant period, now hosts a Sinclair television show. She also contributes opinion columns to The Hill.
The principal defendant named in Attkisson’s suit is Rod Rosenstein, the longest-serving U.S. Attorney whose career culminated as deputy attorney general under President Trump, where he received mixed reviews.
As of this publication, the Justice Department has not responded to press inquiries.