#1 Judge orders Hillary to account for private server by ThirstyMan 04.08.2015 08:47



A federal judge has ordered Hillary Clinton and two of her top aides to provide more details about their email arrangement to a court while under penalty of perjury.

In a lawsuit against the State Department that was reopened following news of Clinton's private email server, Judge Emmet Sullivan of U.S. District Court ordered Clinton, Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin to declare under oath that they have produced all government-related records in their possession.

Sullivan also ordered Clinton, Mills and Abedin to identify the email server and any devices they may have used to transmit government records, and to confirm whether Abedin and Mills had access to the private network Clinton reportedly set up in her own home.

"We know that Mrs. Clinton has turned over at least 55,000 pages, but the State Department doesn't know if these are all the records of her conducting official business," said Michael Bekesha, attorney for Judicial Watch, the group that brought the case to court.

Bekesha said the court order, handed down Friday evening, will compel the State Department to publish the letters it sent to Clinton and her aides to ask them to submit private, work-related emails, as well as copies of the responses all three sent when they produced those records.

"This blockbuster ruling is the most significant legal development to date in the ongoing Clinton email scandal," said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch. "Hillary Clinton will now have to answer, under penalty of perjury, to a federal court about the separate email server she and her aides used to avoid accountability to the American people."

The case, which began as a Freedom of Information Act request for information about Abedin's employment status, was closed last year after the State Department performed several unsuccessful searches for related documents.

But Judicial Watch pressed the court to reopen the case after it became clear the State Department did not have complete access to Abedin's records when it told the watchdog group there were no documents responsive to the FOIA request.

Sullivan's order also requires Clinton and the two aides to "describe, under penalty of perjury, the extent to which Ms. Abedin and Ms. Mills used Mrs. Clinton's email server to conduct official government business."

Abedin's designation as a "special government employee" — which allowed her to work simultaneously for the Clinton Foundation, the State Department and a consulting firm called Teneo Strategies — has come under fire as the agency's inspector general continues a probe into the arrangement.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has repeatedly asked the State Department to provide emails and other records that could clarify Abedin's position at the State Department.

The inspector general has uncovered evidence that suggests Abedin, as Clinton's deputy chief of staff at State, may have been asked by her boss at Teneo to encourage Clinton to secure a political favor for a Clinton Foundation donor, Grassley wrote in a series of letters last week that alluded to a pattern of conflicted interests during the last year of Abedin's government tenure.


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The sleaze oozes out. I only wish the election was closer. She may not make it to the finish line at this rate. TM

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