State Department to Turn over All FBI Clinton Email Records to Judicial Watch
AUGUST 16, 2016
Entire Disc of Records Uncovered by FBI Were Not Provided to State by Clinton in December 2014
(Washington DC) – Judicial Watch today announced that the State Department has agreed to produce to Judicial Watch all emails sent or received by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that were uncovered by the FBI in its investigation of Clinton and her use of the clintonemail.com system:
[T]he FBI completed its transmission to the State Department of documents recovered by the FBI in the course of its investigation in connection with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail system during her time as Secretary of State. State has voluntarily agreed to produce non-exempt agency records responsive to plaintiff’s FOIA request contained in the information transmitted.
The records will be produced in connection with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit before District Court Judge James E. Boasberg specifically seeking all of Clinton’s emails (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:15-cv-00687)). Judicial Watch’s FOIA lawsuit seeks:
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 as Secretary of State.
The timeframe for this request is February 2, 2009 to January 31, 2013.
In a separate filing in another Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuit, the State Department acknowledged that an entire disc “containing information recovered by the FBI in the course of its investigation” had not been included “in the materials provided to the State Department by former Secretary Clinton in December 2014.”
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, 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 acknowledgment by the State Department is also at odds with her official campaign statement suggesting all “work or potentially work-related emails” were provided to the State Department.
The State Department also stated to the court that the FBI sent “a second disc containing classified documents.”
The State Department is also processing six other discs of records from “custodians other than former Secretary Clinton … including [but not limited to] materials from Ms. Abedin’s clintonemail.com account.” One of the discs of information is so large that State has asked the court for additional time to process them: “Because of the volume of materials located on the final disc, State requires additional time to load them into a document management system so that they can be searched.”
These statements from the State Department result from a FOIA lawsuit before U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan that seeks records about the controversial employment status of Huma Abedin, former Deputy Chief of Staff to Clinton. The lawsuit was reopened because of revelations about the clintonemail.com system. (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:13-cv-01363)).
“The American people will now see more of the emails Hillary Clinton tried to hide from them,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Simply put, our lawsuits have unraveled Hillary Clinton’s email cover-up.”