Hillary Clinton thought she was finally out of the woods when it came to her use of a personal email server during her time as Secretary of State. Unfortunately for her, however, she just learned the hard way that she was dead wrong.
Politico reported that a federal judge just ordered the State Department to try again to find emails Hillary Clinton wrote about the Benghazi attack. U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta found that the State Department did not do enough to find emails that Clinton may have sent about the assault on the U.S. diplomatic compound on Sept. 11, 2012 that left four Americans dead, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya.
The State Department initially searched the roughly 30,000 messages Clinton turned over to her former agency at its request in December 2014 after it was initially realized that she had been using a personal email server. The State Department later searched tens of thousands of emails handed over to the agency by three of Clinton’s top aides: Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills and Jake Sullivan.
Thought the State Department ended up finding 348 Benghazi related messages in these searches, the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch argued that these searches were not enough since the State never tried to search its own systems for relevant messages in the official email accounts of Clinton’s top aides.
“To date, State has searched only data compilations originating from outside sources — Secretary Clinton, her former aides, and the FBI. … It has not, however, searched 8 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,” Mehta wrote in his ruling.
“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 State’s server presumably would have captured and stored such an e-mail,” the judge added. “Therefore, State has an obligation to search its own server for responsive records.”
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