Judge To State Department: Hold On To Hillary Aides’ E-Mails

by Scott McKay | August 11, 2015 12:35 pm

Judicial Watch has been fighting a lonely war against the Clinton machine and the federal government over Hillary Clinton’s illegal e-mail operation, and slowly but surely they are winning.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan of Washington, D.C. issued an order to the State Department not to allow the destruction of any e-mails from or to former Clinton aides Cheryl Mills or Huma Abedin[1], following a Freedom of Information Act request Judicial Watch made and a warning to the judge that Mills’ attorney advised her to destroy all her e-mails.

You did read that correctly.

“The court hereby directs the government to request that Mrs. Hillary Clinton, Ms. Huma Abedin, and Ms. Cheryl Mills i) not delete any federal documents, electronic or otherwise, in their possession or control, and ii) provide appropriate assurances to the Government that the above-named individuals will not delete any such documents,” the court order says.

“The Government shall inform the Court of the status of its compliance with this Order no later than August 12, 2015, including a copy of any assurances provided by Mrs. Clinton, Ms. Abedin and Ms. Mills that they will not delete any federal documents in their possession or control. Signed by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on August 7, 2015,” the court order continues.

Mills’ attorney said that she told Mills to destroy federal records in her possession by August 10, according to Judicial Watch. So Judicial Watch had issued an urgent response[2] Friday warning the court federal records could be destroyed.

“The destruction of federal documents in the face of a court order is par for the course for a Clinton-related scandal,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. “If not for the swift action of Judicial Watch’s legal team and an alert federal judge, there is no telling what important public information would have lost forever. The Obama State Department, Hillary Clinton, Cheryl Mills, and Huma Abedin should heed the court’s orders to preserve government records or face severe legal consequences.”

Scott Walker might have had the line of the debate Thursday when he quipped that thanks to the poor cybersecurity of the federal government the Chinese and Russians might know more about Hillary’s e-mails than Congress or the American people do. Thanks to the efforts of Judicial Watch plugging away in the courts on this scandal, that might not always be true.

Endnotes:
  1. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan of Washington, D.C. issued an order to the State Department not to allow the destruction of any e-mails from or to former Clinton aides Cheryl Mills or Huma Abedin: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/08/10/judge-orders-state-department-not-to-destroy-documents-of-top-hillary-clinton-aides/
  2. urgent response: http://www.judicialwatch.org/document-archive/jw-v-state-status-report-01363/

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