Judge Orders State Dept to Explain Delay in Processing Clinton Emails

(Daily Caller News Foundation) A federal judge ordered the Department of State on Thursday to explain their delayed pace in producing emails former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stored on a private server.

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Hillary Clinton/Photo by US Mission Geneva (CC)

A hearing was held to check in on the State Department’s progress in processing and releasing 72,000 pages of non-government emails that Clinton failed to disclose during her tenure as Secretary of State and later tried to delete.

The State Department was ordered to turn over no less than 500 pages of emails per month to Judicial Watch in response to a 2016 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. They have thus far processed 32,000 pages and released a small fraction of those. If they continue at this pace they will not fulfill the request until 2020 at the earliest, according to Judicial Watch.

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During the hearing, State Department representatives announced they have added additional resources to their FOIA response team but would not commit to releasing documents at a faster pace. Judge James Boasberg responded by ordering the State Department to “explain how its anticipated increase in resources will affect processing of records in this case and when the processing of each disk is likely to be completed.”

The FBI recovered the cache of documents the State Department is processing as part of an investigation into Clinton’s deletion of some 33,000 emails stored on a private server. The State Department previously argued they should not be required to produce the emails due to diminished public interest.

“Secretary Tillerson should be asked why his State Department is still sitting on a motherlode of Clinton emails,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. “It is disheartening that an administration elected to ‘drain the swamp’ is stalling the release of documents to protect Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration.”

A related Judicial Watch lawsuit revealed the State Department admitted they received 2,800 work related emails sent by Clinton aide Huma Abedin that were found on her estranged husband Anthony Weiner’s laptop.

Judicial Watch also petitioned the court during the hearing to require that the State Department identify any records recovered by the FBI that they plan to withhold and to explain their justification in a timely manner.

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  • Naval Lint

    “Well, your Honor, our shredder wore out and our BleachBit license expired, so we won’t be able to “review” the documents of no interest to the American people!”

    • kep

      I think more than half our “legal” population would really like to see what those emails were. I’m still hoping to see both Hillary and Emperor Obama tried for TREASON and publicly executed.

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      • Maxine Albritton

        remember the tune, whistle while you work, only in this case it is whistle while you wait.

      • mlentz

        Personally, I’d prefer to see them drawn and quartered and then shown around the country like they used to do in medieval Europe. I think it would have a cathartic benefit to those wanting to emulate Killary and Obola.

      • Alibaba

        Nah!…That will prove “Establishment” can be hold accountable, and that’s the last thing establishment wants!

      • pappy450

        Don’t forget soros, the financier of all the CRAP. Amazing how much, MONEY and BRIBES can accomplish (and make people “forget”)

        • Sue

          Seize his assets and deport him to the country with the most warrants.

      • Meteorlady

        I’m pretty sure a lot of them had to do with the Clinton Foundation and all the dirty tricks they played….. that is NOT something the Clintons want public.

        • Larry Wilson

          Careful,people have died for saying less

      • Duke615

        No, not “executed”, but I would like to see the two spending some time at Leavenworth.

        • Larry Wilson

          Put them,both in the same cell….Bill wouldn’t last a month.

    • Janelle

      Smiling at this, Navy!

      • Naval Lint

        Thank you…

    • Louie Rey

      Sounds to me like you’re Hillary’s speech writer. Ask for a raise.

      • Naval Lint

        Note the quotes, please. I wouldn’r work for that creature under ANY circumstances. I’d end up as a “robbery victim” or a double-tapped “suicide”.

    • Benton Marder

      Why not have the NSA or the Russians produce the documents. The Russians would immediately comply with no shilly-shallying.

    • slk5

      nothing has made these people move, why does this judge think he can!!!

    • Larry Wilson

      If they were not confidential why is it that Congress could not see many of them she sent over a insecure systems. Many were even on a laptop that was found in the possession of the wiener man. Hmmmm

  • Rolpho Signetti

    What for? Her people already went over them for like (how long) 1 to 6 months before she turned them over! More than enough time to get rid of any evidence!

    What they need to do is to get Putin to hand over the “missing” copies! Hmmmmm, I know the time line is wrong… but could this be why she gave them the uranium rights? Or Obunghole giving the Iranians all that cash without telling anybody!

    NAH! Hillary, and Obluppo would never do that kinda of stuff against the USA!

    Or would they.,, Hmmmmm

    • Al

      Yup.. They would.

    • Ron C

      Heck the NSA as all the emails…this is just a BS show to pretend some folk’s aren’t above the laws the citizen’s are subjected to…period!

    • Meteorlady

      As an ex IT worker I would KNOW that you can recover things off servers and they didn’t even begin to turn over what they had before the torched the thing she didn’t want seen. If she was honest she would have used the government system provided…… if she’s dishonest and hiding things she would have used her own system for CONTROL.

      • Bonita Beach Babe

        The FBI should have gone to her house at 3:00 am and confiscated every server, computer, iPad, iPhone in her house. That’s what they would have done to me or you.

        • Rolpho Signetti

          Did not the FBI, or somebody do that to an Trump associate(I forget who)? Just went into his offices and took everything, because they did not want another “Hillary-type” coverup?

          Yeah… and the clintons do not get special treatment! Excuse me, I have to barf! I wrote the devils alias here on earth!

          • Bonita Beach Babe

            Paul Manafort

      • Larry Wilson

        Hillary honest? There is a new disease out there among them and spreading fast, it the Clinton Syndrome. It has spread all through the DNC now and no one of them can tell the truth. They break out in a rash if they if think,about it. No known care for any of them.

  • Bill Marshall

    The judge needs to hold someone in contempt and let them spend some time in jail

  • Brenda Sinclair


    • Ron C

      Yeah….because we damn sure know the DOJ & FBI authorities won’t hold anyone in the swamp accountable.

  • Bill Harrison

    Trying to let Mueller finish before the real collusion story is told, about Clinton, Russia, and Obama administration.

    • Ron C

      And NO one has moved to fire Mueller…see how that works…the whole damn swamp is playing dumb…!
      And everyone thinks the FBI is a premier law enforcement agency…holy crap are we stupid!

  • Maxine Albritton

    sounds more like an untimely manner. they do seem to be stalling maybe forever if they can get away with it they need a real shake up.

    • Ron C

      The court is allowing them to get away with it…they can now get continuations for a another year on the courts last order. as they ignore the first order to give the FOIA documents over.

  • Louie Rey

    There’s a very simple answer to that, we’re dealing with an extremely corrupt federal government that still has ties to Hussein and Ms. Inevitable. However, once the reins are taken off the s**t will hit the fan and as Desi Arnez used to say to Lucille Ball, “you got some ‘splaining to do!”

    • Ron C

      Hope you are right…But I won’t be holding my breath.

    • omikehawk

      LMAO! It would take an army of “sterminators” to clean up this swamp!

  • regulus30

    Massive corruption;; the federal government NO LONGER WORKS FOR US, they work for elite DC criminals.

    • Ron C

      True…that is why Jeff Sessions won’t even look at it, as far as he is concerned what ever FBI Comey said is good enough for him…sad isn’t it!

      • regulus30

        The government has grown massively and I honestly think those in power have no way or no motivation to break it down. Federalism is the only way to rip power from the DC elite.

        • Ron C

          I’m afraid under federalism everyone would look the other way after winking…
          I fear a civil war is on the horizon…if they don’t straighten out this corruption soon.
          It may take a military take over, with the new constitutional government being reinstituted & manned by honest people that have never been in the swamp…and I damn sure don’t mean by lawyers, they should NOT be allowed in congress!

          • regulus30

            We the People do have the Constitutional right to disband the government and reform it once it no longer serves the needs of the citizens.

          • Ron C

            very true…but I’m not sure if LEO”s are smart enough to realize that…

          • regulus30

            or anyone else without a back bone for that matter.

          • george gabriel

            I AGREE 100%

  • Ron C

    Why doesn’t the state department just bring this whole FOIA thing in front of a liberal judge…??? Like Watson in Hawaii…he would just throw out the whole case out as being sexist against Hillary…??? Just saying?

  • ImOffendedTreatMeSpecial

    They time time to scrub them of anything that could be used against her.

  • george gabriel


    • Ron C

      NSA has all the emails…but those swamp creatures won’t admit it.

  • Polly Dreitzler

    Judge Boasberg had better watch his back or he will become the next “suicide” victim. The liberals won’t ever let us know what’s in those emails.They will do anything, including murder, to protect their own.

  • Jorge

    Time to put Hillary into the eternal orange jumpsuit.

  • Michelle

    Could be that Assange’s announced birthday gift to Hillary (October 26) is a dump of those 33,000 emails. One can hope.

  • Meteorlady

    Oh what a huge surprise – there is a DELAY…….it really doesn’t matter because she broke the law just by destroying anything while she worked for the government. Under the Freedom of Information Act she was obligated to turn all HER RECORDS over after she left office.

    Title 18. Section 2071.

    For those of us who do not have United States Code committed to memory, here’s what it says:

    “(a) Whoever willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, or destroys, or attempts to do so, or, with intent to do so takes and carries away any record, proceeding, map, book, paper, document, or other thing, filed or deposited with any clerk or officer of any court of the United States, or in any public office, or with any judicial or public officer of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

    (b) Whoever, having the custody of any such record proceeding, map, book, document, paper, or other thing, willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States. As used in this subsection, the term “office” does not include the office held by any person as a retired officer of the Armed Forces of the United States.”

  • freepetta

    It’s way past time that lowlife corrupt POS Hillary Clinton pays for her acts of lawlessness and betrayal. Her traitorous sell out of 25% of our uranium should be enough for her to spend the rest of her life behind bars. That doesn’t count the years of scandal and incompetence we have endured the last 30 years. Hillary is by far the most corrupt person in this country.

  • Sue

    No interest? Unbelievable, the Clintoons have no interest in their being brought to justice.

  • omnimax

    fire the ENTIRE state department

  • Erik V Johnson

    ” The State Department previously argued they should not be required to produce the emails due to diminished public interest.” WTF and ” Won’t Be Done un till 2020…in-other-words…un till Election Time…give me a break…Were Still Talking About Former Pres. Clinton !!!

  • Bonnie Treitler

    i think it’s about time she answers for what she’s done and that husband of her’s, obumer should all be tried for being traitors to this country. make it a public hanging.

  • Bob Cohernour

    Hillary is a member of the exclusive club known as the “UNTOUCHABLES”. Members include the entire Democrat Party, the five still living EX-POTUS, GOP members of Congress who are also members of the “ESTABLISHMENT”, Democrats, who ran and won as member’s of the GOP and heads of our security agencies, like NSA, FBI CIA and those working in the IRS, just to name a few. This is why, we are unable to get to the bottom of ANY crimes or mystery involving any one in this exclusive club. It seems the club excludes members of the True conservative party members. It is very evident to me, that our President Trump and VP Pence and members of his Administration are not members of the club or ANY Pro Republican person. Right now, I can think of at least ten high profile liberals, that should be under investigation or indictment for crimes against our country. Add to these some outside elements that we American’s just can’t understand why they are still free to do their damage.At the top of MY list is George Soros, Are we being told that there is NO proof of his crimes against America?

  • Larry Wilson

    The delay lies with the Obama people still in both the FBI and the DOJ. We hear about crooks, well they are still there under orders for the King. That shadow government really does exist

  • travis690

    What is taking these people so long to release these? It’s not like they need to read every single word again; they’ve already been cleared for release!

    There needs to be a change in the way the people relate to the government. A good start would be to reverse roles, whereby criminal charges can only be placed against government employees.