Skip to comments.Weekly Update: Benghazi Court Victory
Posted on 08/12/2017 10:59:31 AM PDT by jazusamo
Judicial Watch Victory: Court Orders State to Search Benghazi Emails of Clinton Advisors
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Your Judicial Watch had a major court victory this week in our effort to get accountability in the Obama/Clinton Benghazi scandal.
This week, D.C. District Court Judge Amit P. Mehta ordered the State Department to search the state.gov e-mail accounts of Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills, and Jacob Sullivan, former aides of Hillary Clinton during her tenure as secretary of state. Judge Mehta ordered the State Department to search in those accounts for records responsive to [Judicial Watchs] March 4, 2015, FOIA [Freedom of Information Act] request.
Of course, a JW FOIA lawsuit first broke open the Clinton email scandal and Benghazi, too!
Judge Mehta, an Obama appointee, described our Clinton-Benghazi FOIA lawsuit as a far cry from a typical FOIA case. Secretary Clinton used a private e-mail server, located in her home, to transmit and receive work-related communications during her tenure as Secretary of State.
Further, Judge Mehta ruled:
[I]f an e-mail did not involve any state.gov user, the message would have passed through only the Secretarys private server and, therefore, would be beyond the immediate reach of State. Because of this circumstance, unlike the ordinary case, State could not look solely to its own records systems to adequately respond to [Judicial Watchs] demand.
[The State Department] has not, however, searched the one records system over which it has always had control and that is almost certain to contain some responsive records: the state.gov e-mail server. 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 States server presumably would have captured and stored such an e-mail. Therefore, State has an obligation to search its own server for responsive records.
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 Clintons e-mails during the time period relevant to Plaintiffs 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.
Accordingly, the court finds that State has not met its burden of establishing it performed an adequate search in response to Plaintiffs FOIA Request and orders State to conduct a supplemental search of the state.gov e-mail accounts of Abedin, Mills, and Sullivan.
This major court ruling may finally result in more answers about the Benghazi scandal and Hillary Clintons involvement in it as we approach the attacks fifth anniversary. It is remarkable that we had to battle both the Obama and Trump administrations to break through the State Departments Benghazi stonewall. Why are Secretary Tillerson and Attorney General Sessions wasting taxpayer dollars protecting Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration?
Judicial Watch asked a federal court to compel the Trump State Department to undertake a thorough search of all emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton regarding the terrorist attack on Benghazi, including those of Clintons closest advisors. We also specifically asked the court to compel the agency to produce all records of communications between Clinton and top aide Jake Sullivan relating to Ambassador Susan Rices appearance on NBCs Meet the Press the Sunday following the 2012 Benghazi massacre.
This long journey began on May 6, 2015, when we filed a lawsuit after the State Department failed to respond to a March 4, 2015, FOIA request seeking all emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton relating to the September 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Special Mission Compound in Benghazi, Libya ( Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:15-cv-00692)).
This latest breakthrough made headlines and again focused public attention on the Benghazi outrage. You can see JW attorney Ramona Cotca, who was lead attorney on this case, on Fox News last night discussing the victory.
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 us. Well let you know what we find!
Off the Wall Ping!
Contact to be added.
Move On: Nothing to report!
Well, they have until September 22, 2017 to hide/lose/destroy evidence.
So...not holding my breath until then! It’s so maddening, though.
If any of we, ‘Mere Mortals’ had pulled some of the deadly STUNTS that our Government does, we’d have already been tried and hanged.
How I LOATHE that evil beotch. Just absolutely hate her. *SPIT*
Best. Election. Ever. EVER! (Thank Gawd!) MAGA!
I couldn’t agree more.
It gets really old when the bureaucracy at State keeps refusing to follow the law. It’s most disappointing that President Trumps State is not firing the leftists that have accumulated over the years, hopefully they will.
I shudder to even think about what would be happening now if the evil witch would have won that election.
Go President Trump! MAGA!
Try not to be shocked when the State Department turns up nothing.
This has become a game of inches. And an occasional interception when the other side tried a “Hail Mary”.
I hear you.
Judicial Watch is doing Sessions’ job. Wake up Jeff!
I don’t think he wants to wake up.