Exposing Hillary So She Won't Get Elected

Federal Judge Reopens Hillary Clinton Email Case

The key issue underlying Clinton’s use of a personal email server for four years as a public official is that it granted her, not the government or the people, full control over her records. That control includes shielding them from public view.

The idea inside a democracy is that government officials’ communications are part of a public record of how they do their jobs, that old-fashioned responsibility to the people thingie. Subject to certain restrictions (I know it is a very imperfect system) those records should be accessible through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA.)

In Hillary’s case, and her case alone, they were not.

For four years journalists and others sought her emails and were told by the State Department “we don’t have any emails to give you; there just aren’t any here for us to even consider withholding.” Kind of a curious response, given how much communicating a Secretary of State does, up to and including all the photos of her using electronic devices. Something did not add up, and now of course we know what it is. State had no emails because Hillary kept them all.

From them, and from us.

So it is news that a federal judge reopened an open-records case trying to pry loose some of former Secretary of State’s emails, marking the first time a court has taken action on the email scandal.

Judge Reggie B. Walton agreed Friday to a joint request by the State Department and Judicial Watch, which sued in 2012 to get a look at some of Clinton’s documents. Both sides agreed that the revelation that Clinton had kept her own email server separate from the government, and exclusively used her own email account created on that server, meant that she had shielded her messages from valid open-records requests.

Now that Hillary has belatedly turned some emails over, the government offered — and Judge Walton confirmed in his ruling — that the agency should search them all to see whether any should have been released to Judicial Watch years ago. “This is the first case that’s been reopened,” Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, said Friday. “It’s a significant development. It points to the fraud by this administration and Clinton.”

Judicial Watch has filed a series of open-records requests seeking State Department emails and, when the administration failed to comply, has gone to court to force them. Just last week Judicial Watch filed a new batch of eight lawsuits trying to shake loose some of the secret emails, and said that was just the first round.

State’s history on this issue is not good. Officials didn’t acknowledge that there were missing emails until prodded by the House committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. It was only at that point the Department asked Clinton to turn over emails that contained government business.

She of course famously provided about 30,000 emails, but discarded another 32,000 she unilaterally deemed weren’t government business, and then wiped the server. She has refused requests to turn the server over to a neutral third party to see if any of the messages can be recovered.