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Federal Judge Accuses State Department of Helping to Bury Hillary’s Email Scandal

A federal judge is speaking out against the State Department for what he believes is a cover up of Hillary’s email scandal.

Conservative watchdog organization Judicial Watch has filed a lawsuit to discover whether Hillary Clinton tried to evade the ‘Freedom of Information Act,” by using a private email server, and also, whether the State Department knew about it, and allowed it to continue.

Back in 2015, a Freedom of Information Act expert spoke to Politico about Hillary’s email scandal.

A top freedom-of-information expert isn’t buying Hillary Clinton’s explanation of why she set up her own email system to conduct official State Department business, calling it “laughable.”

Daniel Metcalfe, who advised White House administrations on interpreting the Freedom of Information Act from 1981 to 2007, told The Canadian Press that the former secretary of state acted “contrary to both the letter and the spirit of the law.”

Back in 2015, a Freedom of Information Act expert spoke to Politico about Hillary’s email scandal.

A top freedom-of-information expert isn’t buying Hillary Clinton’s explanation of why she set up her own email system to conduct official State Department business, calling it “laughable.”

Daniel Metcalfe, who advised White House administrations on interpreting the Freedom of Information Act from 1981 to 2007, told The Canadian Press that the former secretary of state acted “contrary to both the letter and the spirit of the law.”

“There is no doubt that the scheme she established was a blatant circumvention of the Freedom of Information Act, atop the Federal Records Act,” he said, reviewing a transcript of Clinton’s remarks during her Tuesday news conference. Clinton told reporters she deleted approximately 30,000 personal emails from her private account that she also used as secretary of state.

Thanks to Judicial Watch, Hillary Clinton will once again have to go under oath to answer questions about her email.

From Town Hall

A federal judge ripped the State Department during a court hearing this week and accused officials there of helping to cover up former Secretary Hillary Clinton’s unlawful use of a private email server. The judge also took aim at the current Department of Justice.

From Judicial Watch (bolding is mine):

Judicial Watch announced today that, in a ruling excoriating both the U.S. Departments of State and Justice, U.S. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth has ordered both agencies to join Judicial Watch in submitting a proposed schedule for discovery into whether Hillary Clinton sought to evade the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by using a private email system and whether the State Department acted in “bad faith” by failing to disclose knowledge of the email system. The decision comes in a FOIA lawsuit related to the Benghazi terrorist attack.

Terming Clinton’s use of her private email system, “one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency,” Lamberth wrote in his MEMORANDUM OPINION:

… his [President Barack Obama’s] State and Justice Departments fell far short. So far short that the court questions, even now, whether they are acting in good faith. Did Hillary Clinton use her private email as Secretary of State to thwart this lofty goal [Obama announced standard for transparency]? Was the State Department’s attempt to settle this FOIA case in 2014 an effort to avoid searching – and disclosing the existence of – Clinton’s missing emails? And has State ever adequately searched for records in this case?

At best, State’s attempt to pass-off its deficient search as legally adequate during settlement negotiations was negligence born out of incompetence. At worst, career employees in the State and Justice Departments colluded to scuttle public scrutiny of Clinton, skirt FOIA, and hoodwink this Court.

Lambert accused DOJ attorneys of “double speak” and “misleading” the court on the same issue.

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