MARCH 05, 2015
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it has submitted three Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with the Department of State seeking access to the previously secret government emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, including any emails about the terrorist attack on the U.S. Benghazi facility.
Judicial Watch submitted the FOIA requests on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 seeking:
- The 55,000 pages of emails received by the Department of State from former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton: from October 1, 2014, to present.
- Any and all emails sent or received by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in her official capacity as Secretary of State during her tenure: from February 2, 2009, to January 31, 2013.
- Any and all emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton concerning, regarding or relating to the September 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya: from September 11, 2012, to January 31, 2013
The State Department lawfully must provide these documents, or a justification for withholding them, to Judicial Watch within 20 working days, or be subject to federal lawsuits under FOIA.
“There are nearly 20 lawsuits and dozens of other FOIA requests that may have been compromised by Mrs. Clinton’s secret email accounts,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “We are tired of the Obama/Clinton shell games and will sue as soon as the law allows if this administration continues to unlawfully withhold this material from the American people. In the meantime, we have placed the Department of Justice and the State Department on notice that we expect all secret State Department email accounts, including those of Hillary Clinton, to be secured and searched as the law requires.
“We have no doubt that our 20 Freedom of Information lawsuits against the State Department, one of which led to the creation of the House Select Committee on Benghazi last year, forced the State Department to finally admit to Hillary Clinton’s illicit concealment of government records.”
As of today, there are 10 active Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuits against the State Department that may be impacted by the Clinton email scandal. Since President Obama took office, Judicial Watch has filed at least 20 Freedom of Information Act lawsuits against the State Department, including one yesterday seeking emails from Hillary Clinton and her top aide Huma Abedin.