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Obama-appointed federal judge calls off search for Hillary Clinton emails

“The fact that this case was dismissed does not absolve Secretary Clinton or show that all of her unlawfully removed email records have been recovered”

(National SentinelJudiciary: A federal judge appointed by former President Barack Obama has ordered a halt to the search for all of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails she sent while in office.

Last week, Judge James E. Boasberg of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, rejected a request that the State Department and U.S. archivist continue looking for more Clinton emails.

That suit, as reported by the Washington Examiner, was premised on the Federal Records Act, a law passed in 1950 that, the National Archives states, “establishes the framework for records management programs in Federal Agencies.”

Two government watchdog groups, Cause of Action and Judicial Watch, attempted to use the law to claim that government archivists must work hand-in-hand with the U.S. attorney general’s officer to look for and recover any Clinton emails not currently in the government’s possession.

 

The lawsuit had been dismissed once before, but was brought back to Boasberg on appeal.

The suit had already been dismissed once before, but was brought back to the judge on appeal.

In the most recent case, Boasberg ruled that past FBI efforts to locate all of Clinton’s emails were sufficient, and information submitted by Judicial Watch and Cause for Action “cast no real doubt on that conclusion.”

“Those efforts went well beyond the mine-run search for missing federal records … and were largely successful, save for some emails sent during a two-month stretch. Even then, the FBI pursued every imaginable avenue to recover the missing emails,” Boasberg wrote, as noted by The Washington Times.

“The Court of Appeals may have asked the Government to ‘shak(e) the tree harder’ for more emails, but it never suggested that the FBI must shake every tree in every forest, without knowing whether they are fruit trees,” he added.

Neither group was pleased by the ruling.

“The fact that this case was dismissed does not absolve Secretary Clinton or show that all of her unlawfully removed email records have been recovered,” Cause of Action President John Vecchione said in a press release.

Meanwhile Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, said he had thought that the Trump administration would be more helpful in helping pursue allegations of malfeasance and illegality against Clinton, but that, so far, has not been the case.


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“I think the president, once he learns about this, is going to blow his top and he ought to,” Fitton said.

“I think most significant aspect of the whole situation is — and the court highlighted this — although the administrations have changed, the stance has remained the same. It is shocking and upsetting that the Trump Justice and Trump State Departments are refusing to do anything about getting Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails,” he said.

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