News Website, Judicial Watch recently announced that the D.C. District Court Judge Amit P. Mehta made a critical request of the State Department. On August 8th, 2017, Judge Mehta requested the State Department “to search the state.gov email accounts of Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills, and Jacob Sullivan.”
The three people mentioned above were all working as aides to Hillary Clinton while she performed the duties of Secretary of State. It was during her tenure as Secretary of State that she used her server for emails that may have led to severe casualties in Benghazi. The State Department is searching for her aide’s accounts “for records responsive to Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request on March 4th, 2015.
The lawsuit that Judicial Watch put out was “a far cry from a typical FOIA case” according to Judge Mehta. However, former Secretary Clinton did use a private email server and did put valuable information at risk. Judicial Watch has thus sided with the courts saying that they didn’t investigate enough. Below are the reasons why:
First, any email that did not include a state.gov user would have only be directed to Clinton’s private server which is beyond the state’s reach. This means that the state couldn’t just look into their records to answer Judicial Watch.
Secondly, the State Department hasn’t searched the one system which they are in control of the state.gov email server. Any email Clinton would have been sent to Abedin, Mills, or Sullivan about Benghazi would have been stored and easily accessible. Judicial Watch believes this means the state has an obligation to search their servers.
Thirdly, the State has given no reason to believe that the three records from Clinton and her aides are the entirety of her emails during the period of when Judicial Watch sent their FOIA request.
In conclusion, the court is ordering the State to conduct another “supplemental search” of the emails of Clinton’s aides.
Judicial Watch President, Tom Fitton, released the following statement given the ruling:
“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. It is remarkable that we had to battle both the Obama and Trump administrations to break through the State Department’s Benghazi stonewall. Why are Secretary Tillerson and Attorney General Sessions wasting taxpayer dollars protecting Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration?”
The State Department has until September 22nd to deliver an update on the new search and will be required to bring in additional emails to Judicial Watch.
Credit: Judicial Watch