The FBI has found more emails than former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent from private servers and for which she is being investigated.
Public officials in the United States must use official servers to send information related to their government jobs so that this information is available to interested citizens through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
However, Clinton used private servers to communicate in the exercise of her functions, thus escaping the control established by this federal law.
A request for access to these emails initiated in 2014 by Judicial Watch on the basis of FOIA uncovered the scandal of Clinton’s use of a private mail server to send and receive information, and in some cases even classified information.
Therefore, on Dec. 6, 2018, a judge ordered the Departments of State and Justice to work with the independent Judicial Watch on a plan to determine whether Clinton deliberately used the server to circumvent FOIA requirements according to The Hill.
Judicial Watch revealed on Nov. 15 that the State Department informed the court that the FBI located unpublished emails from Clinton.
“The Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) recently sent [the State Department] additional documents as part of the ongoing interagency consultation process in connection with other FOIA litigation. [The State Department] is working to determine whether that set of documents includes any responsive, non-duplicative agency records that have not already been processed. [The State Department] will promptly update [Judicial Watch] and the Court once that initial review is complete,” Judicial Watch said.
The Hillary Clinton email case began in 2015 when the State Department requested through the FOIA all emails sent and received by Hillary Clinton and other records about her nongovernmental email account.
It has been more than a year since all these emails were supposedly delivered, some 55,000 pages were handed over by Clinton herself to the State Department in December 2014.
Another 72,000 pages were discovered after Clinton tried to eliminate and hide them, and only 5,000 were finally recovered, including classified material.
Just last week, Judicial Watch published FBI emails showing the federal agency’s preferential treatment given to Clinton’s lawyer.
“It is astonishing news that the FBI mysteriously found more Clinton emails. Were they on Anthony Weiner’s laptop? At James Comey’s house? Or on Peter Strzok’s cellphone?” asked Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
“This disturbing development further highlights how the fix was in on the Clinton email scandal and why a criminal investigation needs to be reopened by Attorney General Barr,” Fitton said.
The court is now seeking to determine whether Hillary Clinton used a private server to obstruct control of FOIA, whether the State Department acted in bad faith in the investigation conducted between 2014 and 2015 [while Barack Obama was president and Clinton was secretary of state], and whether it really conscientiously searched for these records in response to Judicial Watch’s request.
This is a very serious matter, according to the United States District Court headed by Judge Royce Lamberth, who described Hillary Clinton’s use of private server as “one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency.”