Remember Those 'Damn Emails'?

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/judge-orders-justice-state-depar...

I'm a bit rusty at this by now...

Judicial Watch has persistently been arguing their case in court that the Clinton State Department didn't xactly play by the rules in a so-called democracy:

Conservative legal watchdog group Judicial Watch filed its FOIA lawsuit in July 2014 seeking State Department talking points issued after the September 2012 attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, that left a U.S. ambassador dead.

Their persistence has seemingly been vindicated:

A U.S. judge ordered the Justice and State departments Thursday to reopen an inquiry into whether Hillary Clinton used a private email server while secretary of state to deliberately evade public records laws and to answer whether the agencies acted in bad faith by not telling a court for months that they had asked in mid-2014 for missing emails to be returned.

I suspect any part of the country which even remembers the bruhaha on this topic assumed by now the whole affair had been successfully swept under the rug, but:

At best, Lamberth said the government’s actions reflect “negligence born of incompetence,” adding, “At worst, career employees in the State and Justice departments colluded to scuttle public scrutiny of Clinton, skirt FOIA, and hoodwink this court.”

More to come this month:

Lamberth ordered the government’s attorneys to meet with Judicial Watch and by Dec. 17 propose to answer additional questions into whether “Clinton used a private email to stymie FOIA, whether State’s attempts to settle the case in 2014 and 2015 amounted to bad faith, and whether State’s subsequent searches have been adequate.”

Judicial Watch press release on this development: https://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/federal-judge-op...

POLITICO's take can be found here: https://www.politico.eu/article/judge-orders-more-fact-finding-in-hillar...

A month ago, a different judge pushed farther into email territory:

https://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-f...

In 2016, Clinton was required to submit under oath written answers to Judicial Watch’s questions. Clinton objected to and refused to answer questions about the creation of her email system; her decision to use the system despite warnings from State Department cybersecurity officials; and the basis for her claim that the State Department had “90-95%” of her emails.

After a lengthy hearing yesterday Judge Sullivan ruled that Clinton must address two questions that she refused to answer under-oath.

Describe the creation of the clintonemail.com system, including who decided to create the system, the date it was decided to create the system, why it was created, who set it up, and when it became operational.

During your October 22, 2015 appearance before the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Benghazi, you testified that 90 to 95 percent of your emails “were in the State’s system” and “if they wanted to see them, they would certainly have been able to do so.” Identify the basis for this statement, including all facts on which you relied in support of the statement, how and when you became aware of these facts, and, if you were made aware of these facts by or through another person, identify the person who made you aware of these facts.

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divineorder's picture

Count me among those that thought this had been successfully quashed.

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A truth of the nuclear age/climate change: we can no longer have endless war and survive on this planet. Oh sh*t.

so I can't answer
But you left the State Department in 2013.
I have just classified my secret government position, so don't ask me what it is.

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A PROUD Hillary hater since 1993

mhagle's picture

To see some solid traction on this issue?

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Marilyn

"Make dirt, not war." eyo

TheOtherMaven's picture

@mhagle

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There is no justice. There can be no peace.

gulfgal98's picture

And this is an excellent essay!

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"I don't want to run the empire, I want to bring it down!" ~Dr. Cornel West

"There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare." Sun Tzu

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@gulfgal98 Much obliged for the shout out. Have been adapting to new circumstances.

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'What we are left with is an agency mandated to ensure transparency and disclosure that is actually working to keep the public in the dark' - Ann M. Ravel, former FEC member

snoopydawg's picture

Herheinous decided that she was above the law and deliberately deleted 30,000 emails that congress told her to turn over to them. Her reply was that most of them were in the government files and they can refer to them if they want.

This was her way of directing people's attention away from the ones that she didn't turn in to congress. Why didn't she? Besides the fact that she thought she was above the law, they probably would have shown how she had sent classified information to people who weren't cleared to see them. You know, like Chelsea and others from her foundation.

Recently read an article about how during the time that Obama's justice system was charging people under the espionage act he let her off from being charged. Good for the goose and the gander.

Good for judicial watch to try to bring her to justice.

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@snoopydawg but, but, but... they were just about yoga and wedding plans for Chelsea...

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'What we are left with is an agency mandated to ensure transparency and disclosure that is actually working to keep the public in the dark' - Ann M. Ravel, former FEC member

@snoopydawg

that the Republicans are asking Comey about the emails "because they can".

That was her only comment on the topic.

Nothing here, folks.

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Remember Jesselyn from her days on ToP before she got run off the site?
Here's her diary on Hillary's emails.

Classified E-mail in the News Again: This Time, Hillary’s

It is not in dispute that Hillary Clinton had work e-mails on a private server at home while she served as Secretary of State. It is not in dispute that her cache of 30,000 e-mails contained classified documents from as many as five U.S. intelligence agencies.

I am baffled how this could have occurred in the midst the most draconian crackdown in U.S history on low-level government employees accused of mishandling classified information. The Obama administration has used the antiquated Espionage Act more than all previous presidents combined to go after employees, including NSA whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Thomas Drake; CIA whistleblowers John Kiriakou and Jeffrey Sterling; State Department whistleblowers Stephen Kim and Peter Van Buren; and Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning. (I represent Snowden, Drake, Kiriakou, and Van Buren.) While these whistleblower cases concern far less sensitive information, sometimes even unclassified information, the defendants have faced much stiffer punishment than those in the rarefied atmosphere of government elites.

She does say that she doesn't think that Hillary should have been charged under the espionage act, but she was just showing how hypocritical Obama was when both Hillary and Petreaus were not charged under it while real whistleblowers were.

BTW. The NYC FBI office does have every one of Hillary's emails that she sent since 2006 or before, but Comey and McCabe decided that they were not important enough to look at. Even though some of them had information about hideous acts with children in them. Looks like another Epstein case. Only the ones who don't have any power go to prison in this country.

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