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State ignored 17 FOIA requests for Clinton’s emails before 2014

From the Washington Examiner: Newly disclosed correspondence between State Department officials in 2013 suggest the agency was aware of 17 Freedom of Information Act requests for Hillary Clinton’s emails more than a year before asking the former secretary of state to hand over records from her server.

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Judicial Watch: State Dept. Had 17 FOIA Requests for Hillary in 2013

From Newsmax: According to documents obtained and released by Judicial Watch, Clinton’s emails were a hot-ticket item two years before it was made public that the former secretary of state used a private email address and server. Four of the 17 FOIA requests sought Clinton’s emails.

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Report: Top Dem Lawmaker Sought Charges Against Conservatives Targeted By IRS

From The Daily Caller: Judicial Watch, a Washington-based watchdog group, released 72 emails Wednesday indicating that Democratic Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse pushed the Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to prosecute Tea Party groups that made false statements to the agency in the past. Whitehouse wanted to…

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Congress livid as Hillary’s IT man crosses ‘red line’

From WND: Meadows said discussions among House members were under way “right now” to come up with an effective response to the shocking no-show by the man who reportedly was given immunity by the FBI during its investigation into Clinton’s use of a personal email server to conduct official business…

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Clinton gets two more weeks to respond to email questions under oath

“Last week, Hillary Clinton requested from Judicial Watch two additional weeks to respond because of the unavailability of counsel and the press of campaign business, among other reasons,” the organization said in a release, which noted that Clinton’s answers were due under oath by Sept. 29.

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The IRS impeachment debate

From the Bluefield Daily Telegraph: Republican congressional leaders ardently want conservative members of the House to not force a vote on impeaching the IRS commissioner. The public does not care about John Koskinen’s many misdeeds. And impeachment will distract attention from issues that interest the public. And because Democrats are…

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Clinton granted two more weeks to respond to email questions in court case

From The Hill: Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has been granted a two-week extension to respond to a series of written questions about her use of a personal email server while secretary of State as part of a court case probing whether the system thwarted open records law.

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Sen Sheldon Whitehouse Linked To IRS Targeting Of Tea Party And Conservative Groups

From The Global Dispatch: Judicial Watch released 72 pages of Department of Justice documents revealing email conversations between Department of Justice officials and the staff of Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) regarding the criminal prosecution of Tea Party groups for alleged violation of IRS rules.

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OOPS: CLINTON’S E-MAIL TECHNICIAN JUST SKIPPED HIS CONGRESSIONAL HEARING

From Vanity Fair: Pagliano, for his part, hadn’t planned on showing up. In a statement delivered the day beforethe hearing, Pagliano’s lawyers notified the committee that he would not testify, arguing that their client had already testified before another Republican-led committee, and calling the hearing “a transparent effort to publicly…

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Released emails: Democrat in Senate pushed for prosecution of conservative groups

From the World Tribune: Judicial Watch cited a 2013 study by scholars from the American Enterprise Institute and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University which found that, “had the Tea Party groups continued to grow at the pace seen in 2009 and 2010, and had their…

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Impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen

From The Washington Times: Independent groups like Judicial Watch are more successful in getting information from the executive branch through lawsuits than Congress is nowadays, he noted. As a matter of principle, House Republicans should act on impeachment hearings. The IRS shouldn’t be run as its own little fiefdom, unaccountable…

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Judicial Watch: Dem Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse Urged DOJ to Prosecute Tea Party Groups

From Newsmax: The Department of Justice documents reveal email conversations between its officials and the staff of Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Democrat, about possible criminal prosecution of tea party groups for alleged violation of IRS rules, says Judicial Watch, a government watchdog which obtained the material.

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Staffer Who Set Up Clinton’s Private Server Refuses to Testify to Congress

From The Washington Free Beacon: Chaffetz issued subpoenas to two other individuals from the technology firm that helped manage Clinton’s private server. Paul Combetta and Bill Thornton of Platte River Networks both used their Fifth Amendment right when they appeared to testify Tuesday morning.

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Video: Will anything come of the Clinton email scandal?

From Fox News: Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton appeared on “The O’Reilly Factor” on the Fox News Channel to discuss recent developments in Hillary Clinton’s email scandal, including today’s Congressional Oversight  hearing seeking explanations for “redactions, omissions, and classifications in the criminal investigative file of former Secretary of State

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Immunity Not a Guarantee Says Judicial Watch on DOJ’s Odd Deal With Hillary Email Deleter

From Legal Insurrection: “Why would the DOJ give immunity to someone who arguably obstructed investigation?” asks Judicial Watch president, Tom Fitton, responding to reports that the Department of Justice granted immunity to the computer expert responsible for deleting Hillary’s emails.

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Former Clinton email tech aide won’t testify at congressional hearing Tuesday

From The Washington Post: Pagliano’s lawyers have said that he fully cooperated with the Justice Department investigation under a grant of limited immunity. Pagliano invoked his Fifth Amendment right more than 125 times in a June 6 deposition before lawyers with the conservative group Judicial Watch in a civil public…

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Indict IRS Commissioner Koskinen

From Newsmax: These Republican leaders’ reasons are cumulatively unpersuasive. Resuscitating the impeachment power would contribute to revitalizing Congress’ Article I powers. Impeachments are rare – no appointed official of the executive branch has been impeached in 140 years. But what James Madison called the “indispensable” power to

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Video: Judicial Watch president on reports of a DOJ immunity deal

From Fox Business: Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton on a report the DOJ could give immunity to a computer expert who deleted Hillary Clinton’s emails.

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The Trump Blitz On Clinton Begins – And It’s Starting To Work

From The Wall Street Journal: Think of it as the moment when Donald Trump truly learned to throw a (campaign) punch. It came about three weeks ago, amid the latest swirl of stories on the Clintons’ ethics. Hillary Clinton had recently blamed her private email server on Colin Powell. Judicial…

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Blue State Blues: President Obama Will Have to Pardon Hillary Clinton

From Breitbart: It could come in new congressional investigations; or more documents from Judicial Watch lawsuits; or more Wikileaks emails. Regardless, it will continue until, and probably beyond, Election Day.