Tag: Judicial Watch

Documents Reveal “Cover-up” Discussions Relating to Clinton Email Scandal

Conservative Watchdog group Judicial Watch has uncovered 422 pages of FBI documents showing evidence of “cover-up” discussions from the IT company, Platte River Networks, which managed Hillary Clinton’s email server.

FBI notes of an interview with an unidentified Platte River Networks employee in February 2016 show that the IT company “gave someone access to live HRC archive mailbox at some point.”

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The notes go on to show an email from Dec 11, 2014 which reads, ““Hillary cover up operation work ticket archive cleanup.”

The unidentified employee said that the “cover up operation” email “probably related to change to 60 day [sic] email retention policy/backup.” The subject indicated that he didn’t “recall the prior policy.” The notes also indicated, “[Redacted] advised [redacted] not to answer questions related to conv [conversation] w/DK [David Kendall] document 49 – based on 5th amendment.”

Other documents uncovered by Judicial Watch include:

  • A Platte River Networks email between redacted parties on December 11, 2014: “Its [sic] all part of the Hillary coverup operation <smile> I’ll have to tell you about it at the party”
  • An Email from Platte River Networks in August 2015: So does this mean we don’t have offsite backups currently? That could be a problem if someone hacks this thing and jacks it up. We will have to be able to produce a copy of it somehow, or we’re in some deep sh*t. Also, what ever [sic] came from the guys at Datto about the old backups? Do they have anyway [sic] of getting those back after we were told to cut it to 30 days?”
  • In March 2015, Platte River Networks specifically discusses security of the email server: [Redacted] is going to send over a list of recommendations for us to apply for additional security against hackers. He did say we should probably remove all Clinton files, folders, info off our servers etc. on an independent drive.

Documents show the IT company also used BleachBit on Clinton’s email server which was downloaded from a vendor called SourceForge at 11:42 am on March 31, 2015 and was used to delete files from Clinton’s server.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton says, “Judicial Watch uncovered new ‘cover-up’ records on the illicit Clinton email system that further demonstrate the sham nature of the FBI/DOJ ‘investigation’ of hee. These shocking new documents show that various Obama agencies were protecting Hillary Clinton from the consequences of her misconduct. It is well past time for the DOJ to stop shielding Hillary Clinton and hold her fully accountable to the rule of law.”

For the full report, click HERE.

More Classified Emails Uncovered from Clinton’s Private Server

A newly released (and heavily redacted) trove of emails reveal at least five more classified emails on Hillary Clinton’s private server and includes communications with controversial Clinton confidants, Lanny Davis and Sidney Blumenthal.

According to Fox News, the emails “seemingly contradicted Clinton’s insistence under oath in 2015 that she had turned over all of her sensitive work-related emails to the State Department, and included a slew of classified communications on everything from foreign policy to State Department personnel matters.”

The documents–obtained by Judicial Watch–also reveal that a Clinton aide warned her that she was in “danger” of being “savaged by Jewish organizations, in the Jewish press and among the phalanx of neoconservative media” as a result of political machinations by “Bibi and the Jewish leadership.”

In one email exchange between Clinton and Lanny Davis, Davis offers to be the private backchannel for Clinton to communicate with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Davis goes on to write, “[N]o one on the planet (other than your wonderful husband) can get this done as well as you.…”

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Clinton responded with classified information, saying “I will reach out to you directly and hope you will continue to do the same w me. The most important issue now is [Redacted B1].”

Judicial Watch also details emails between Clinton and Blumenthal:

On January 29, 2009, Blumenthal emailed Secretary Clinton a memo he titled “Good Cop, Bad Cop”, where Blumenthal informs Clinton that his sources tell him that an “attack” on the appointment by Obama of former Sen. George Mitchell as Special Envoy to the Middle East was “coordinated by Jewish institutional leaders and carefully scripted.” Also cited is Mitchell’s “Arab descent” as making him “politically vulnerable.” Blumenthal told Clinton that any conversations she had with Netanyahu “flows directly and instantly back to top (U.S.) Jewish leadership.”

For more on this story, click HERE and HERE.

Federal Judge Opens Discovery into Clinton Private Email System

A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. State Department and Department of Justice must submit a schedule for discovery into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server and whether the State Department acted in “bad faith” for failing to disclose knowledge of the server, according to Judicial Watch.

U.S. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth called Clinton’s use of a private email system, “one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency,” and ruled:

… the Court ORDERS the parties to meet and confer to plan discovery into (a) whether Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email while Secretary of State was an intentional attempt to evade FOIA; (b) whether the State Department’s attempts to settle this case in late 2014 and early 2015 amounted to bad faith; and (c) whether State has adequately searched for records responsive to Judicial Watch’s requests.

Lamberth also slammed the Obama State and Justice Departments, saying they “fell far short:”

… his [President Barack Obama’s] State and Justice Departments fell far short. So far short that the court questions, even now, whether they are acting in good faith. Did Hillary Clinton use her private email as Secretary of State to thwart this lofty goal [Obama announced standard for transparency]? Was the State Department’s attempt to settle this FOIA case in 2014 an effort to avoid searching – and disclosing the existence of – Clinton’s missing emails? And has State ever adequately searched for records in this case?

…At best, State’s attempt to pass-off its deficient search as legally adequate during settlement negotiations was negligence born out of incompetence. At worst, career employees in the State and Justice Departments colluded to scuttle public scrutiny of Clinton, skirt FOIA, and hoodwink this Court.

The judge also said the current Department of Justice “made things worse:”

The current Justice Department made things worse. When the government last appeared before the Court, counsel claimed, ‘it is not true to say we misled either Judicial Watch or the Court.’ When accused of ‘doublespeak,’ counsel denied vehemently, feigned offense, and averred complete candor. When asked why State masked the inadequacy of its initial search, counsel claimed that the officials who initially responded to Judicial Watch’s request didn’t realize Clinton’s emails were missing, and that it took them two months to ‘figure [] out what was going on’… Counsel’s responses strain credulity. [citations omitted]

Discovery was granted because the judge believes the government’s response to Judicial Watch’s Benghazi FOIA request “smacks of outrageous conduct.”

Lamberth cited an email discovered from Judicial Watch’s lawsuit in which Clinton acknowledged Benghazi was a terrorist attack immediately after it happened and asked, “Did State know Clinton deemed the Benghazi attack terrorism hours after it happened, contradicting the Obama Administration’s subsequent claim of a protest-gone-awry?”

Lamberth’s questions continued: 

Did the Department merely fear what might be found? Or was State’s bungling just the unfortunate result of bureaucratic redtape and a failure to communicate? To preserve the Department’s integrity, and to reassure the American people their government remains committed to transparency and the rule of law, this suspicion cannot be allowed to fester.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton called the court ruling “historic” and says it “raises concerns about the Hillary Clinton email scandal and government corruption that millions of Americans share.”

“Judicial Watch looks forward to conducting careful discovery into the Clinton email issue and we hope the Justice Department and State Department recognize Judge Lamberth’s criticism and help, rather than obstruct, this court-ordered discovery,” he said.

Hillary Under Oath: Judge Rules Clinton Must answer These Two Questions Under Oath

Judicial Watch announced today that a federal judge has ruled that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has 30 days to answer questions under oath about her email server.

The questions date back to 2016, when Clinton was required to submit answers to Judicial Watch’s multiple inquiries under oath.  She refused, and instead responded that she did “not recall” 20 separate times in her answers concerning her personal email system.

After what Judicial Watch describes as a “lengthy hearing” yesterday, Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled that Clinton must answer the following two questions under oath:

  1. Describe the creation of the clintonemail.com system, including who decided to create the system, the date it was decided to create the system, why it was created, who set it up, and when it became operational.
  2. During your October 22, 2015 appearance before the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Benghazi, you testified that 90 to 95 percent of your emails “were in the State’s system” and “if they wanted to see them, they would certainly have been able to do so.” Identify the basis for this statement, including all facts on which you relied in support of the statement, how and when you became aware of these facts, and, if you were made aware of these facts by or through another person, identify the person who made you aware of these facts.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said of the ruling, “It is shameful that Judicial Watch attorneys must continue to battle the State and Justice Departments, which still defend Hillary Clinton, for basic answers to our questions about Clinton’s email misconduct.”

The court refused to unseal deposition videos of Clinton State Department officials such as Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills. it also upheld Clinton’s objections about why she refused to stop using her personal Blackberry device as a form of communication, despite security warnings from State Department personnel.

The hearing and court ruling are part of the latest developments in Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit about the employment status of Clinton’s former deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin, who was engaged in outside employment while serving at the State Department. The case was reopened, Judicial Watch explains, because of the discovery of Clinton’s use of a private email server.