Judicial Watch Statement on State Department Release of 357 New Hillary Clinton Emails
NOVEMBER 04, 2016
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today reacted to the State Department’s release of hundreds additional emails that were recovered by the FBI in its investigation of former Secretary of State Clinton’s use of a non-state.gov email system during her tenure. These emails had not been previously turned over to the State Department. As of yesterday, the State Department has now released 549 emails produced by the FBI’s investigation. These records further appear to contradict statements by Clinton that, “as far as she knew,” all of her government emails were turned over to the State Department.
“The Obama State Department is doing its best to slow walk the release of Hillary Clinton’s ‘deleted’ emails. The agency had these records since July and will have only released a portion before Election Day,” stated Tom Fitton, Judicial Watch president. “Thanks to Judicial Watch, and in this case the intrepid work of Vice News reporter Jason Leopold, two federal courts have forced these disclosures. The Clinton/Obama cover-up of these emails continues to unravel.”
Additional documents are to be released to Judicial Watch this afternoon. The State Department has been producing documents in accordance with a September 23, 2016, court order issued by Judge Boasberg, who ordered the Department of State to begin processing at least 1,050 pages of Hillary Clinton emails recovered by the FBI and provide Judicial Watch all non-exempt documents before November 4. State Department confirmed in September that the FBI had discovered nearly 15,000 new Clinton emails as a result of Judicial Watch’s litigation seeking all of Clinton’s work-related emails (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:15-cv-00687)). Yesterday’s release of documents is associated with a lawsuit brought by Jason Leopold of Vice News (Leopold v. Department of Justice (1:15-cv-2117)).
A hearing will be held Monday, November 7, 2016, regarding Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking emails sent or received by Clinton in her official capacity during her tenure as Secretary of State. The timeframe for this request is February 2, 2009, to January 31, 2013.
Hillary Clinton has repeatedly stated that she believes that the 55,000 pages of documents she turned over to the State Department in December 2014 included all of her work-related emails. In response to a court order in other Judicial Watch litigation, she declared under penalty of perjury that she had “directed that all my emails on clintonemail.com in my custody that were or are potentially federal records be provided to the Department of State, and on information and belief, this has been done.” This new email find is also at odds with her official campaign statement suggesting all “work or potentially work-related emails” were provided to the State Department.