Posted: 8:06 am Friday, August 26th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
As Hillary Clinton took aim at Donald Trump during a speech on Thursday in Nevada, there was yet another reminder for her supporters about the continuing legal battles over what was on her private email server from her time as Secretary of State, as a federal judge ordered the release of emails related to the Benghazi attacks.
BREAKING: Judge orders State Department to begin releasing additional Clinton emails found by FBI on Sept. 13
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Earlier in the week, a federal judge here in Washington, D.C. had ordered the State Department to swiftly review nearly 15,000 emails that had been unearthed by the FBI during its investigation of Clinton’s private email server.
This is a separate case from Florida that will also delve into those documents found by the FBI, yet another lawsuit over the Freedom of Information Act; in this case, it deals with documents about the Benghazi attacks.
“It is astonishing that Hillary Clinton tried to delete and hide Benghazi emails and documents,” said Tom Fitton, the head of Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group that has helped sponsor this lawsuit.
“No wonder federal courts in Florida and DC are ordering the State Department to stop stalling and begin releasing the 14,900 new Clinton emails,” Fitton added.
Those emails, as you can see from the federal judge’s order, must be released starting on September 13 – other cases in federal courts here in D.C. will force the State Department to release materials in the weeks after that.
These items are part of a group of almost 15,000 emails that were found by the FBI during its investigation of Clinton’s email server; it’s not clear how much new information is included, and/or why these materials were not turned over by Clinton in the first place.
This case has not attracted as much attention as other Freedom of Information Act requests which turned into lawsuits against the State Department – the person requesting the information in this matter is Dr. Larry Kawa, an orthodontist from Florida.
A few years ago, Kawa filed a lawsuit against the Obama Administration over the Obama health law, challenging the employer mandate that required certain businesses to provide health insurance coverage for their workers.
Kawa was unsuccessful in that suit.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.