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Judicial Watch Vows to Press Trump Admin. If Corruption Not Rooted Out

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By    |   Tuesday, 20 Dec 2016 05:21 PM

Judicial Watch is hopeful the Trump administration will root out corruption in the Department of Justice and throughout government, but warns if it fails to live up to its promises the conservative group will continue to press for transparency and accountability, The Daily Beast reported.

"When it comes to public policy, the Justice Department is a locus of evil," Judicial Watch head Tom Fitton said.

He emphasized Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general, has a big fight ahead of him to put the agency through a cultural overhaul, especially when it comes to what Fitton calls "stopping the war on police," claiming "The left is thoroughly ensconced in the Justice Department."

Judicial Watch was crucial in keeping questionable ties between the Clinton Foundation, its donors, and the State Department in the spotlight by successfully going to court to get Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's emails released.

However, Fitton stressed Judicial Watch has not shied away from also hounding Republican administrations when it felt it necessary, pointing to work it also did in investigating the Bush administration, particularly suing over the connections between defense contractor Halliburton and Vice President Dick Cheney, the company's former chief executive officer.

And in a New York Times opinion piece last week, Fitton took a different line from many conservative officials by warning Trump "could face some very serious conflict of interest problems," vowing to seriously monitor the issue.

But progressive forces, who admit Judicial Watch was very effective in damaging the Clinton campaign, are not leaving the task of monitoring the government to the conservative group and are hoping a similar organization on the left could make a similar impact, Politico reported.

Clinton ally David Brock told the website "if we're heading into an administration that looks like it could well be as corrupt as the gilded age, we need to significantly reinforce the capacities for an aggressive ethics watchdog."

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Judicial Watch is hopeful the Trump administration will root out corruption in the Department of Justice and throughout government, but warns if it fails to live up to its promises the conservative group will continue to press for transparency and accountability, The Daily Beast reported.
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