Skip to comments.Judicial Watch: Federal Court Grants Discovery on Clinton Email Issue
Posted on 02/23/2016 11:48:06 AM PST by jazusamo
(Washington, DC) - Judicial Watch announced that District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan todaygrantedJudicial Watch's motion for discovery into whether the State Department and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton deliberately thwarted the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for six years. The developments come in a Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuit that seeks records about the controversial employment status of Huma Abedin, former Deputy Chief of Staff to Clinton. The lawsuit was reopened because of revelations about Clinton's separate email records (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:13-cv-01363)).
Judge Sullivan initially announced his ruling from the bench during a hearing this morning and, over the objections of the State Department, authorized Judicial Watch to submit a plan for "narrowly-tailored discovery." Judge Sullivan is also considering whether to order the State Department to subpoena all the emails on the clinton.com email system.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton issued the following statement:
Judge Sullivan's ruling granting Judicial Watch's request for discovery is a major victory for the public's right to know the truth about Hillary Clinton's email system. The court-ordered discovery will help determine why the State Department and Mrs. Clinton, even despite receiving numerous FOIA requests, kept the record system secret for years. Our proposed discovery, which will require court approval, will include testimony of current and former officials of the State Department. While Mrs. Clinton's testimony may not be required initially, it may happen that her testimony is necessary for the Court to resolve the legal issues about her unprecedented email practices.
We all owe Tom Fitton and Judicial Watch a debt of gratitude (and contributions). Without them, we wouldn’t know squat about corruption in D.C.
I totally agree.
They’ve hung onto this and other issues like pitbulls and I’d say filed hundreds of FOIA requests and lawsuits.
Sen Grassley wrote in a June 13, 2015 letter: It appears that one of Abedin's clients, the Clinton-connected Teneo Strategies, may have been compensating Ms. Abedin for gathering information from US government sources for the purpose of informing investment decisions of her consulting clients - or in other words, political intelligence. This raises important questions about whether Abedins dual role was adequately disclosed to government officials who may have provided her information without realizing that she was being paid by private investors to gather information.
Grassley's letter recounted:
<><> Abedin allegedly sent or received more than 7,000 emails on her US government account that involved Teneo's Doug Band, a close confidante and travel companion of the globe-trotting Bill clinton;
<><> one email exchange involved Teneo's Doug Band pressuring Abedin to encourage her State Department boss, Hillary Clinton, to facilitate a White House appointment for one of his clients. Judith Rodin, then-president of the Rockefeller Foundation, "donated hundreds of millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation," Mr. Band allegedly noted in his email to Ms. Abedin.
<><> email evidence allegedly suggests that Ms. Abedin and another Hillary aide, Cheryl Mills, colluded to find a way to ensure the US govt paid for Ms. Abedin's travel to and from New York.
<><> multiple allegations received by Sen Grassley's Judiciary Committee indicated Abedin had actually taken leave during her time as a govt employee, casting doubt on whether Abedin should have received $33,000 in taxpayer money.
<><> allegations surfaced that the State Dept personnel rule was quietly bent to permit Abedin to collect her government paycheck while wielding her influence to the benefit of her other employers.
<><> Hillary Clinton jetted to Ireland with Abedin at her side for her last official trip before exiting the State Dept, during which Hillary attended an event hosted by a major Clinton Foundation donor that had been promoted by Teneo (for which Abedin then-served as a "consultant")
<><> Abedin's special employment status gave her heavy influence over Hillary Clinton's State Dept daily schedule and travel plans at the same time Abedin served as a senior adviser at Teneo, and performed other duties at the Clinton Foundation.
<><> Abedin using information about Hillary's travel schedule in discussions w/ her clients, could be a serious breach of US ntl security, since even the calendar amd travel plans of the Secy of State is considered classified information.
<><> Abedin was among several key aides to Hillary Clinton that hosted email accounts on a private server in the 2016 presidential candidate's Chappaqua, New York home, in violation of federal records laws.
REFERENCE Abedin worked as a full-time staffer to Hillary Clinton January 2009-June 2012; she was then given a "special government employee" designation and took on roles at the Clinton Foundation and Teneo.That designation is designed to allow individuals who fill "an unmet government need for rare or unique expertise" to retain their private-sector positions while receiving compensation from the government.
Abedin is currently vice-chair of Hillary's presidential campaign committee.
After the Congolese government attempted to regain control of its own mines, the State Department intervened on behalf of Lundin Mining and another mining company, Freeport Mines, also a Clinton foundation donor.
A round of talks in 2010, thought to be aided by the Clinton State Department, concluded with the pair of well-connected companies retaining their stakes in the mines and with the Congolese government being shut out of its own resources. (hat tip Schweizer book---Clinton Cash)
EXHIBIT ONE---Hillary/s State Dept Aide Shared Classified Information With Clinton Foundation, Email Shows; Cheryl Mills sent information marked confidential to Clinton Foundation in 2012 / BY Alana Goodman September 28, 2015
A key aide of Hillary Clinton emailed classified information about the government in Congo to a staffer at the Clinton Foundation in 2012, according to a copy of the correspondence obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
Cheryl Mills, Clinton/s chief of staff at the State Department, sent the email to the Clinton Foundationâs foreign policy director, Amitabh Desai, on July 12, 2012.
The message, which was originally obtained by the group Citizens United through a public records request, is partially redacted because it includes foreign government information that has been classified Confidential by the State Department......but was not marked classified by the State Department until this past summer, intelligence sources tell the Free Beacon that it would have been classified at the time Mills sent it because foreign government information is considered classified from inception.
The message could add to concerns from congressional and FBI investigators about whether former Secretary Clinton and her aides mishandled classified information while at the State Department.
About half of the forwarded message was redacted due to its classified nature before the State Department released it to Citizens United last month. Although it is not clear what the redacted section includes, the State Department said in a court motion filed last week that it concerns both foreign government information and critical aspects of U.S. foreign relations, including U.S. foreign activities carried out by officials of the U.S. Government.
The State Department added that the disclosure of this information has the potential to damage and inject friction into our bilateral relationship with African countries whose cooperation is important to U.S. national security.
The Clinton Foundation and the State Department did not respond to request for comment about the email, or say whether Desai...a non-government employee who has worked at the foundation since 2007....would have been authorized to view Confidential information.
REST AT http://freebeacon.com/politics/clinton-aide-shared-classified-information-with-foundation-email-shows/
EXHIBIT TWO Cheryl was also feathering her own nest----Mills currently runs the BlackIvy Group, a consulting firm that focuses on developing dirt-poor Sub-Saharan Africa.
SUB SAHARAN AFRICA / State Dept list
African Union Benin Botswana Burkina Faso Cameroon Congo (Brazzaville) Congo (DRC-Kinshasa) Ethiopia Ghana Guinea Ivory Coast Kenya Lesotho Madagascar Malawi Mauritius Mozambique Namibia Niger Nigeria Rwanda Senegal Sierra Leone South Africa Swaziland Tanzania Togo Uganda Zambia.
EXHIBIT THREE--- Sub Sahara Muslim immigrants are streaming into the US at an unprecedented rate, all subsidized by struggling taxpayers. What do Obama, Cheryl Mills, and Hillary know about this?
EXHIBIT FOUR--- The State Dept email, which discussed the relationship between the governments in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, was originally drafted by Johnnie Carson, the State Department/s assistant secretary for African affairs, who sent it to Mills State Department email address.
Cheryl Mills later forwarded the full message to the foundation/s operative along with talking points for ex-President Clinton shortly before Bill Clinton was scheduled to visit the Congo region.
Thanks...Flat out corruption and criminal acts in my view.
PIC Circa 2010--Ex-Pres Clinton in Moscow having a laugh w/ Putin as strategic US uranium deposits were sold off to Russia for Big Bucks.
"Hahahaha. US ntl security? Hahahaha. You gotta be kidding, Vlad."
With all the top-level intel available to him, can Americans actually believe:
<><>Obama was oblivious to the Clintons jerking around US foreign policy?
<><> Obama knew nothing of Hillary and Sid Blumenthal's emails WRT Iran (the man Obama banned from US govt employment)?
<><> Obama knew nothing about the Clinton Foundation/slush fund buck-raking activities?
<><> Obama never noticed Bill Clinton trotting around the globe?
<><> Obama never noticed the Clinton "charity" wormed its way into the confidences of foreign leaders.... but only those leaders w/ untapped reserves of gold, uranium, oil, and other valuable commodities?
<><> Obama never knew Hillary's brother got a gold-mining permit in Haiti?
Hand-picked by Obama to run State, Hillary ran it like a shadow govt.... w/ her husband taking notes WRT buck-raking opportunities available from Hillary's actions OR inaction.
Secy Hillary never e-v-e-r uttered a discouraging word e-v-e-r......as the Clinton Foundation sucked up hundred of millions of foreign dollars from shady characters w/ business before the State Dept.
How appropriate it would be for the three of them to share the same cell block in a federal slammer, they’d be able to see each other often and be reminded of the “good ole days.”
The gig is up.
It's all over for her now. /s
If any are nailed it won’t include Hillary.
So this issue will imho appear go on through to the general election, even if Hillary, Huma and Cheryl get a blanket pardon?!
If so, nice...
(and yes, seconding the thanks to Tom Fitton and Judicial Watch for all of this!)
How long before the Clintonistas arrange an “accident” for Sullivan?
Well done JW. Now when does discovery start? My guess, 2020.
JW still running rings around Trey Gowdy...
It boggles my mind that Sanders and his supporters are not all over this.
It’s right up there alley.
You're right - Judicial Watch has been a blessing... to all of us.
Agreed, it doesn’t take a genius to know she’s really dirty on this and many other issues.
Maybe they are waiting until it’s too late for Biden or anyone else to enter the race.
I don’t know.
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