To think, most people thought the Benghazi saga was over. Not quite yet. The Clinton's and their cohorts are not out of hot water on the Benghazi deaths that happened during their watch.
Nine months after the presidential election was decided, a federal judge is ordering the US State Department to search the “state.gov” email accounts of Hillary Clinton aides Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills and Jacob Sullivan for records related to Benghazi, as part of a watchdog’s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia Amit Mehta, an Obama appointee nonetheless, made the ruling on Tuesday, describing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch in March 2015 as “a far cry from a typical FOIA case.”
The agency did not do enough, in Judge Mehta’s opinion, to look for all emails on its own computer systems related to the 2012 Benghazi attacks that left four Americans dead.
Mehta noted in his ruling that the State Department also searched tens of thousands of personal account emails that three former top aides to Clinton had turned over to the agency, as well as emails the FBI collected during its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email account and the controversial server she kept in her private residence. Documents may include additional communication between Hillary Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time, and her staff.
“In total, State provided 348 documents to Plaintiff, producing 125 in full and 223 in part,” notes the ruling.
That sounds pretty incomplete, doesn't it?
Judge Mehta further stated:
State has offered no assurance that the three record compilations it received [from Secretary Clinton and her aides], taken together, constitute the entirety of Secretary Clinton’s e-mails during the time period relevant to Plaintiff’s FOIA Request. Absent such assurance, the court is unconvinced “beyond material doubt” that a search of the state.gov accounts of Abedin, Mills and Sullivan is “unlikely to produce any marginal return.
“If Secretary Clinton sent an email about Benghazi to Abedin, Mills, or Sullivan at his or her state.gov email address, or if one of them sent an e-mail to Secretary Clinton using his or her state.gov account, then State’s server presumably would have captured and stored such an email,” Mehta wrote. “State has an obligation to search its own server for responsive records.”
Those emails did not satisfy Judicial Watch, however, who filed a suit seeking summary judgement on whether the State Department should have also looked at official State email accounts from top Clinton aides for messages discussing the attack.
The State Department has until September 22, 2017, to update the court on the status of the supplemental search and production of additional emails to Judicial Watch.
“This major court ruling may finally result in more answers about the Benghazi scandal - and Hillary Clinton’s involvement in it - as we approach the attack’s fifth anniversary,” Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said in a statement.
Judicial Watch first submitted a FOIA request shortly after reports broke that Clinton had used an unofficial email server while serving as the head of the State Department back in March 2015.
The watchdog group then filed suit against the agency two months later, after the State Department failed to respond to its request.
The conservative Judicial Watch group is engaged in a multitude of FOIA lawsuits seeking records pertaining to the actions of the previous administration - including, in this case, records pertaining to the response to the vicious 2012 terror attack in Libya.
A federal judge has ordered the State Department to search the “state.gov” email accounts of Hillary Clinton aides Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills and Jacob Sullivan for records related to Benghazi, as part of a watchdog’s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia Amit Mehta made the call Tuesday, describing the FOIA lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch in March 2015 as “a far cry from a typical FOIA case.”
The attack on the U.S. diplomatic buildings on Sept. 11, 2012 and its CIA Annex the following day resulted in a public relations disaster for Hillary Clinton and then National Security Advisor Susan Rice after evidence challenged their initial claims that the attack was not premeditated, but a spontaneous reaction to an anti-Muslim video.
Will we ever get to the bottom of this? Innocent Americans died in the attack, yet the liberal media still acts like this is a partisan issue.Posted on August 10, 2017 in and filed under politics.