Judicial Watch announced today that a federal judge will begin reviewing the redacted material from emails discussing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s wrongheaded use of iPads and iPhones while she was leading the State Department. The Judge has also ordered the State Department to file an affidavit explaining why they shouldn’t have to search for new Clinton emails that have been recovered in recent months.
In doing this, the court has obviously rejected arguments by the Trump administration’s State and Justice Departments. The question is… why have the State Department and the Justice Department continued to cover for Hillary Clinton?
The Obama team’s decision to play hide-and-seek with important data that proved Hillary Clinton’s malfeasance was understandable, since the Obama and Clinton were political allies. However, the Trump administration’s decision to follow the Obama teams duplicitous coverup of Clinton’s crimes is more than worrisome.
What reason does the Rex Tillerson led State Department and the Jeff Sessions led Justice Department have for keeping Hillary Clinton’s newly discovered emails a secret?
The court will review the blacked-out information so as to better ascertain whether the government misconduct exception would require the release of the full emails. Generally speaking, the government misconduct exception prevents government agencies from withholding information that would shed light on government wrongdoing under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
The September 21 court order comes in connection with an April 28, 2015, FOIA lawsuit filed after the State Department failed to respond to a March 10, 2015, request (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:15-cv-00646)). Judicial Watch is seeking:
- All records of requests by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton or her staff to the State Department Office Security Technology seeking approval for the use of an iPad or iPhone for official government business; and
- All communications within or between the Office of the Secretary of State, the Executive Secretariat, and the Office of the Secretary and the Office of Security Technology concerning, regarding, or related to the use of unauthorized electronic devices for official government business.
In March 2016, Judicial Watch obtained State Department documents in this case showing Cheryl Mills’ (Clinton’s then-chief of staff) efforts with the National Security Agency to address Clinton’s demands for a secure BlackBerry.
In a related case, Judicial Watch released an email showing that National Security Agency personnel had denied Clinton’s requests for a BlackBerry, telling Clinton staff to “shut up and color.”
“Hillary Clinton knowingly used an unsecure email system and risky iPads and smartphones to conduct classified and sensitive government business,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “It is frankly outrageous that Secretary Tillerson and Attorney General Sessions allow their agencies to cover up for and defend Hillary Clinton’s scandalous and potentially criminal conduct.”
Hillary Clinton belongs in prison for the way that she routinely mishandled classified information, now we just need to find a Trump administration official brave enough to see justice done.