Judicial Watch today announced that U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson has ordered the U.S. Department of State to turn over to Judicial Watch “eight identical paragraphs” of previously redact material in two September 13, 2012, Hillary Clinton emails regarding phone calls made by President Barack Obama to Egyptian and Libyan leaders immediately following the terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi. Both emails had the subject line “Quick Summary of POTUS Calls to Presidents of Libya and Egypt” and were among the emails stored on Clinton’s unofficial email server. Judge Jackson reviewed the documents directly and rejected the government’s contention that the records had been properly withheld under the FOIA B(5) “deliberative process” exemption.
Judge Jackson ruled: “the two records, even if just barely predecisional, are not deliberative. [The State Department] has pointed to very little to support its characterization of these two records as deliberative, and the Court’s in camera review of the documents reveals that they do not fall within that category.”
The full emails may reveal what former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama knew about the September 11, 2012, terror attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi.
Following Judge Jackson’s March 20 ruling, the State Department asked the court to reconsider. The State Department argued that, due to an internal “mistake,” it failed to claim that the emails were classified and, therefore, exempt from production under FOIA Exemption B(1).
In response, Judicial Watch argues that the failure was not a mistake, but instead was part of a deliberate effort by the State Department to protect Clinton and the agency by avoiding identifying emails on Clinton’s unofficial, non-secure email server as classified.
Judicial Watch’s filing cites an interview of an FBI employee who told federal investigators that top State Department official Patrick Kennedy pressured the FBI to keep Clinton’s emails unclassified. The employee told the FBI he “believes STATE ha[d] an agenda which involves minimizing the classified nature of the CLINTON emails in order to protect STATE interests and those of CLINTON.”
Judicial Watch’s filing also cites an interview of a State Department employee who told the FBI that the State Department’s Office of Legal Counsel interfered with the FOIA processing of email from Secretary Clinton’s server, instructing reviewers to use Exemption B(5) (deliberative process exemption) instead of Exemption B(1) (classified information exemption). According to the FBI interview:
Will they comply or will they erase the data or perhaps drag their feet about it all?
There’s a new sheriff in town and the State Department might be out of the stonewalling business.
The left has such an undeniable history of blatantly lying that it is astounding that any leftist is ever given credibility:
– The left claimed the Rosenbergs weren’t Soviet spies…until Yeltsin opened the KGB archives and proved the couple were spies.
– The left continued to deny Alger Hiss was a despicable Soviet spy even after Whitaker Chambers was proven correct.
– Bill Clinton was a horribly mysogonistic creep, and the left still denied and made excuses for his acts despite Clinton paying Paula Jones $900k in a court settlement, and the DNA he spewed all over Lewinsky’s blue dress. Juanita Broaderick still has not received justice for being brutally raped by then Governor Clinton.
– “You can keep your doctor and your plan”, “Obama care isn’t a tax”, “It will decrease the annual insurance premium by $2500/year for a family of 4”, – all lies from the left that have been disproved.
– “Benghazi was a spontaneous protest over a YouTube video”.
“There were no emails with classified information on Hillary’s private unsecured server” – though Comey just testified to Congress that 2500 classified documents were sent to pervert Weiner’s unsecured private laptop.
– Eric Holder lied under oath about when he knew about Operation Fast and Furious.
– Planned Parenthood employees caught on video haggling about sale prices of the remains of victims of abortions weren’t doing anything illegal, but the videographers who recorded these scumbags broke the law.
Lynch’s airport tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton was about discussing grandchildren; Lois Lehrner wasn’t targeting conservatives with IRS harassment; proven liar Susan Rice was “just doing her job” unmasking Trump associates being illegally spied on for political purposes. The historically ignorant insistence that the National SOCIALIST German WORKERS Party was a right wing organization is so prevalent in leftist propaganda, that idiots engaging in violent fascist tactics against people trying to exercise their 1st Amendment right to free speech insanely think they are fighting against fascism, rather than engaging in it.
The leftist obsession with garnering totalitarian power over all of us mandates a complete evisceration of integrity, honesty, and justice, replacing it with a horrifically twisted and absolute justification of evil, hypocrisy and deceit unequalled in human existence.