UPDATE: State Department ADMITS To Hiding KEY Clinton Email On Benghazi…

UPDATE: State Department ADMITS To Hiding KEY Clinton Email On Benghazi…

Just wow. Last week, the State Department admitted that they withheld a key Benghazi email of Hillary Clinton’s from Judicial Watch. Isn’t that obstruction of justice? They have withheld it since at least September of 2014. And they are getting away with it. Releasing that email would have resulted in Hillary’s hidden emails being disclosed two years ago and would have prevented her from destroying tens of thousands of emails. We wouldn’t have known about any of this without Judicial Watch filing a Freedom of Information lawsuit. This is so corrupt, illegal and unethical, it is breathtaking.

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From Judicial Watch:

The Obama State Department last week admitted it withheld a key Benghazi email of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from Judicial Watch since at least September 2014. If the State Department disclosed the email when first supposedly found, Clinton’s email server and her hidden emails would have been disclosed nearly two years ago, before Clinton authorized the alleged deletion of tens of thousands emails.

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The developments come in a July 2014 Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit seeking records related to the drafting and use of the Benghazi talking points (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:14-cv-01242)). The lawsuit, which forced the disclosure of the Clinton email records, seeks records specifically from Clinton and her top State Department staff:

Copies of any updates and/or talking points given to Ambassador Rice by the White House or any federal agency concerning, regarding, or related to the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Any and all records or communications concerning, regarding, or relating to talking points or updates on the Benghazi attack given to Ambassador Rice by the White House or any federal agency.

Contradicting an earlier statement to the court, an April 18th, 2016, the State Department letter admits that it found the email at issue in 2014, but it was held back in its entirety: “Also, upon further review, the Department has determined that one document previously withheld in full in our letter dated November 12, 2014 may now be released in part.” The referenced November 12, 2014, letter does not reference any withheld emails. A search declaration suggests the hidden email was found in September 2014 as a result of a search in response to Judicial Watch’s lawsuit. The September 29, 2012, email to Clinton from then-Deputy Chief of Staff Jake Sullivan references talking points for Clinton calls with senators about the Benghazi attack. The email contains Clinton’s non-state.gov address. Last week’s document production also includes material from a records cache of thousands of new Clinton State Department records supposedly only discovered in December of 2015. The new material shows the State Department compiled extensive Libya/Benghazi-related dossiers on Republican and Democrat senators. “Now we know the Obama administration consciously refused to give up key information about Hillary Clinton’s email in 2014. It covered up this email both from the court and Judicial Watch,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Judge Lamberth was right when he suggested that Obama’s State Department acted in bad faith. This cover-up provided Hillary Clinton enough time to hide potentially thousands of government records. One aim of our court-order discovery will be to get to the bottom of this cover-up.” This is absolutely an obstruction of justice and should be prosecuted. What a disgrace.

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