If you’re a fan of justice and NOT a fan of Hillary, you’re going to love this:
Judicial Watch is a master at using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) statute to extract information to expose corruption of federal officials.
Since everything government employees do leaves a paper trail, or in this case, a trail of archived emails, much can be learned about potential criminality by looking at those records.
Therefore, FOIA requests are made to see the correspondence of government personnel.
Classified information is exempt and some information can legally be “redacted” or blacked out but otherwise, the government has to come up with the information to properly formed FOIA requests.
Yes, it’s the law.
Now, we learn that both the Obama and Trump State Departments have failed to properly comply with a FOIA request by Judicial Watch according to Federal Judge Amit Mehta.
Judicial Watch wants recordings pertaining to the Benghazi tragedy, and Judge Mehta has agreed with Judicial Watch’s lawsuit that the State has not done all it can to find and release such emails and records.
But is he just going to let this go? Not a chance. He just ordered them to search again.
“U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta ruled Tuesday that the State Department had not done all it could to locate the emails Clinton sent in relation to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi Libya that killed four Americans — including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
“He found that the State Department ‘has not met its burden of establishing it performed an adequate search’ in response to Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Act request.
“Politico reports that the State Department has so far located 348 Benghazi-related messages, sent to or from Clinton in the months around the attack.
However, Judge Mehta said that that wasn’t enough.
Instead, he ordered the State Department to search the state.gov email archives of the accounts of former aides Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills, and Jacob Sullivan.“
Now those are some names that are very familiar aren’t they?
And there is much to suggest that there are damaging details about the Benghazi tragedy that have not yet seen the light of day.
Perhaps now they will.
Here’s what the judge had to say about this case filed by Judicial Watch:
‘If Secretary Clinton sent an e-mail about Benghazi to Abedin, Mills, or Sullivan at his or her state.gov e-mail 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 e-mail,’ he said in the ruling.
‘Therefore, State has an obligation to search its own server for responsive records.'”
STORY CONTINUES BELOW…
Of course, it is possible that a more comprehensive collection of emails were not sent earlier because the State Department officials conducting the search were just lazy and didn’t want to put out the effort.
More likely, however, someone has something to hide.
“‘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.
“Fitton also questioned why the conservative watchdog had to fight not only the Obama administration but also the Trump administration on the search for the emails:
“‘Why are Secretary Tillerson and Attorney General Sessions wasting taxpayer dollars protecting Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration?’ he asked.“
Damn good question. Wouldn’t you agree, America?