State Department Ordered to Turn Over 30 Clinton Emails for Review

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton
Judicial Watch
Judicial Watch

Washington, DC-( A federal court ordered the State Department to produce the 30 Clinton email-related documents that had been blacked out under various privilege claims.

The January 24 order signed by U.S. District Court, District of Columbia Judge James E. Boasberg grants Judicial Watch’s Cross-Motion for Partial Summary Judgment for in camera, non-public review of the documents by January 31 (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:15-cv-00687)).

Judicial Watch on November 23, 2016, asked the court to reject the State Department’s secrecy claims over the Clinton email documents on the grounds the documents relate to government misconduct.

Judicial Watch argued the agency should release the 30 emails that had been withheld under “deliberative process,” “attorney client,” and “attorney work product” privileges.

Judicial Watch argued that Clinton’s email practices at the State Department constituted misconduct:

The U.S. federal government has produced two State Department Inspector General reports and a report following an FBI investigation, which collectively support the conclusion that, at a minimum, the unofficial server arrangement was misconduct even if it was not a prosecutable violation of criminal law or one that will necessarily result in civil liability. Secretary Clinton herself has called the unofficial server arrangement a ‘mistake’ …

The State Department’s descriptions of the documents show that the department may have misled the public about the Clinton email scandal:

The Vaughn [withholding index] description of these records appears to show, at least in part, a public relations campaign orchestrated by Defendant to create a false equivalence between Secretary Clinton’s unofficial server and the records management practices of former Secretaries Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, and Madeleine Albright. No one believes that Madeleine Albright used an unofficial server located at her residence for government communications. Nor did Colin Powell hold 30,000 government records in his possession for two years after he left the State Department. Accordingly, it would appear that one purpose of the withheld discussions in this case was to manage the public messaging about government misconduct so as to mislead the public as to its severity.

Judicial Watch asked the court to reject the State Department’s efforts to shield documents under the “deliberative process privilege,” among other assorted privileges, in order to protect the confidentiality of internal deliberations:

In this Circuit, the government misconduct exception to the deliberative process privilege applies in two circumstances. First, the “deliberative process privilege disappears altogether when there is any reason to believe government misconduct occurred.” And second, “where there is reason to believe the documents sought may shed light on government misconduct, the privilege is routinely denied on the grounds that shielding internal government deliberations in this context does no serve the public’s interest in honest, effective government.” … Both exceptions apply to the 30 documents in question here…

“It is significant that federal court will review these Clinton email documents for evidence of government misconduct,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “This important court victory shows that we are now only in the middle of the Clinton email scandal.”

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BillyBob Texas

Hey Girl and Will Bill…..first don’t mistake me for a liberal….I am a Constitutional Conservative Fighter Pilot and retired Piano Player in A Whore House. I’m just saying……let’s $^$#^$#^ without “them” noticing. That way “they” won’t be coming after our people in 8 yrs looking for revenge . ….let it appear that the DoJ is just doing their routine job……and that all is normal……as long as the (*^*^%&%#$%#….we don’t need “them” blaming Trump, personally…make sense? Let’s be cool, as long as the results are the same…..

Nancy McConnochie

Somehow going after Hillary when she was cleared seems just about hate. Glad you play the piano, I hope to restart my painting
The surgeon gave me a superdupa lens. Somehow in America I don’t think I wld be so fortunate. We have very good health care and a solid little economy with only four million people
American’s are and have been fortunate but stop the victim mentality
Just saying.

BillyBob Texas

This can be a touchy subject. Pull your claws back in and consider…. IF, the R’s go all out to hang this b!tch, then they will have to know that the D’s will also go after them – ‘later’ – when the roles are reversed. So far in The Swamp, there has been very little of this. But after they leave office – and the other party owns the Cops – watch out for retribution. I think ALL of them up there are thinking of THAT. And rightfully so. So, I hope it’s all done above board – without vindictiveness… Read more »


Hey BillyBob Texas from NYC;
TRUMP as President is IN CHARGE of the DOJ and it is CONSTITUTIONAL for him to talk about the issues and issue EO’s to control them. Now back to your liberal safe space in liberal lala land.

Wild Bill

@BBT, What Hillary did went way beyond political dirty trick to get elected. Hillary put the entire nation at risk and did get some of America’s best killed. I hope that she gets all the justice that she deserves.

Nancy McConnochie

I have been watching and reading since my eye surgery, lost my eyesight, but not my ability to listen and observe. You have voted inTrump, who did you know abused the Australian Prime Minister
I would be most concerned if I was you. But it seems you are such haters
Time you all step back. Scary times. Hillary shld be left alone
Nan Picton New Zealand


Judicial Watch deserves to be applauded for their pursuit of abiding the law. As WB said any obstructionist in the State Department needs to be fired without severance or any benefits. Where is congress in this? They are the people we hire to keep the government on the straight and narrow. They talk the talk but don’t walk the walk. I am beginning to wonder if even eight years will be enough time to drain this unbelievably large swamp of all the alligators. I hope Judicial Watch can keep applying the pressure to get the job done, or at least… Read more »

BillyBob Texas

If this is done – it needs to be done well – and deliberate – and honestly – and as open as it can be. NO retributes – no vendettas – just good – fair – honest justice.

Wils Bill

Trump should fire anyone at the State Dept that attempts to evade compliance with that court order. Let the Hillary investigations proceed with all vigor and speed. Now that Trump controls USDOJ and FBI, the investigations of Barry Soetoro (aka Barak Obama) should commence, too!

Big Lou

Just lock her up already. This shouldn’t have never took so long to put her in jail.