Hillary Clinton’s deliberately orchestrated and broadly-based cover-up of her activities in the State Department is rapidly unraveling.
Since her unconvincing attempt to explain the rationale for her unorthodox email practices, there’s been some more bad news for the former Secretary of State.
First, the State Department contradicted Hillary’s claim that 90% of her business emails went to people in the Department, so they were automatically preserved. That policy did not go into effect until after Hillary left. So many records may well be lost and Hillary’s excuse just went out the window.
Now that it has Hillary’s emails, the State Department can no longer block FOI requests by simply claiming there are no responsive records . Hillary’s emails must be searched. That means trouble for Mrs. Clinton.
Here’s what else is happening: Four groups are pursuing FOI requests that went unanswered.
on Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler ordered the State Department to release the flight manifests, listing the names of all passengers,for forty-seven foreign trip taken by Hillary Clinton on government planes. Citizens United sought the information to see if donors to the Clinton Foundation were invited on Hillary’s foreign trips. What do you guess the odds are on that one? The first batch of information must be produced by April 3 – just two weeks away. Stay tuned.
In addition, several organizations that originally filed Freedom of Information requests while Hillary was still Secretary that were told that there were no responsive records have now filed suit again or threatened to do so. They will likely point out to the Court that the State Department knew that Hillary was using a private email account and that there response was a deliberate cover up. Of course it was impossible to find any documents when they never searched Hillary’s emails for the requested material. Now the groups want the material from Hillary’s private email account and the State Department has to stop the cover-up.
The Associated Press wants emails to and from Huma Abedin, Doug Band, and Philipps Reines, as well as her public and private calendars “and Clinton-related emails about the Osama bin Laden raid and National Security Agency surveillance practices.” The State Department has admitted that it did not respond to the earlier requests.
gawker.com, the site that originally made public Hillary’s use of a private email account in 2013, has filed an FOI suit based on the State Department’s failure to respond to their 2012 request to produce the emails between Philippe Raines and various reporters
Judicial Watch has filed a motion to reinstate its FOIA lawsuit seeking information about emails related to Huma Abedin and work she did as a “special empoyee” at the State Department, while she also worked for the Clinton Foundation and Teneo, a company formed by Clinton Associate Doug Band and former State Department Special Envoy Declan Kelly. Bill Clinton was reportedly paid $3.5 million by Teneo.
This cannot make Hillary happy.
In addition, Senator Charles Grassley has also renewed his request for emails and other information about Huma Abedin’s status as a “special employee.” His previous request was unanswered.
The last piece of bad news came in a blockbuster report from Ed Klein disclosing that it was Obama intimate Valerie Jarrett who leaked the information about Hillary’s use of private emails, according to the report, Jarrett, Special Assistant to Obama, has set in motion additional investigations in the state Department regarding reporting of expenses and promoting people who helped the Clinton Foundation.
Hold on, folks. Its going to be a long and bumpy ride. None of this will disappear any time soon. And its unlikely that anything will show good news for Hillary.