Judicial Watch Sues for Damage Assessment of Hillary Clinton’s Mishandling of Emails

Wrinkled Hillary Clinton
Wrinkled Hillary Clinton
Judicial Watch
Judicial Watch

Washington, DC-(Ammoland.com)- Judicial Watch today filed suit against the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and the Department of State to require them to conduct, as required by law, an assessment and prepare a report on how and whether Hillary Rodham Clinton’s email practices as U.S. Secretary of State damaged national security.

The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, cites the requirement in Intelligence Community Directive (“ICD”) 732, issued on June 27, 2014, that a damage assessment be conducted whenever there is “an actual or suspected unauthorized disclosure or compromise of classified national intelligence that may cause damage to U.S. national security” ICD 732(D)(2) (Judicial Watch v. Office of the Director of National Intelligence et al. (No. 1:17-cv-00508)).

The suit specifically refers to FBI Director James Comey’s statement on July 5, 2016, concerning Clinton’s use of an unsecure email account while conducting official State Department business:

From the group of 30,000 e-mails returned to the State Department, 110 emails in 52 e-mail chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received. Eight of those chains contained information that was Top Secret at the time they were sent; 36 chains contained Secret information at the time; and eight contained Confidential information, which is the lowest level of classification.

Despite the FBI findings and the requirements of Intelligence Community Directive 732, however, the suit argues that: “On or about September 14, 2016, ODNI announced that no Intelligence Community-wide damage assessment into Secretary Clinton’s email practices would be conducted and that no individual Intelligence Community member would conduct such an assessment.”

Where Theres Smoke Clinton
Where Theres Smoke Clinton

In addition to the ODNI and the State Department, the suit names Michael Dempsey in his official capacity as acting director of national intelligence, William Evanina in his official capacity as national counterintelligence executive, and Rex W. Tillerson in his official capacity as U.S. secretary of state.

Judicial Watch has made repeated requests for information concerning any ODNI investigation of Clinton’s email practices:

  • On September 16, 2016, Judicial Watch sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to ODNI seeking access to records about the decision not to conduct the required assessment.
  • When ODNI failed to respond to the request within the time required by FOIA, Judicial Watch filed suit. As of the date of this complaint, ODNI still has not produced any responsive records.
  • On January 10, 2017, Judicial Watch sent a letter to then-Director Clapper, National Counterintelligence Executive Evanina, and then-Secretary John Kerry formally requesting that “the damage assessment required by ICD 732 be commenced without further delay.”

To date Judicial Watch has received no response to its January 10, 2017, request for a damage assessment, and Judicial Watch is not aware of any report or announcement indicating that the assessment and resulting report required by ICD 732 has been conducted or prepared. Judicial Watch is therefore asking the court to:

[O]rder Defendants to conduct the required damage assessment and prepare a report in accordance with ICD 732 …

“The Obama administration conspired with Hillary Clinton regarding her emails, so it is no surprise that Obama officials wouldn’t want to hold her to account for her mishandling of classified materials,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “This lawsuit is an opportunity for the Trump administration to get back to basics on the Clinton email scandal and find out what damage was done to our national security as a result of her illicit email practices.”

About Judicial Watch

Judicial Watch, Inc., a conservative, non-partisan educational foundation, promotes transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law. Through its educational endeavors, Judicial Watch advocates high standards of ethics and morality in our nation’s public life and seeks to ensure that political and judicial officials do not abuse the powers entrusted to them by the American people. Judicial Watch fulfills its educational mission through litigation, investigations, and public outreach.

For more information, visit: www.JudicialWatch.org.

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Yep, Judicial Watch, glad you are keeping us safe. Let’s make your next lawsuit against Trump for his treasonous relationship with Russia. Are your balls big enough for that?

Wild Bill

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Wild Bill

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Obama is dirty

Keep up the good work Judicial Watch. TRUMP is trying so hard to bring this nation back from hell, but his hill is way to high….and keeps getting taller. We can’t give up on him …just get him away from Paul Ryan and our President will be able to see things more clearly.

BillyBob Texas

Somebody said the wheels of justice turn s l o w l y .

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It is not just the Democrats that cannot be trusted with the public’s good. With majorities in both houses of congress and the Presidency, one would think that better years are ahead for America. There are far too many obstructionists in both parties to protect the founding fathers ideal of government for the people, by the people, for the good of the people. So what is so hard about abolishing Obamacare? Too many republicans want only to amend it, not kill it. Do you see a problem here? Those who govern, need to do so for the people’s good, not… Read more »

Wild Bill

@Old, The Democrat plan is to take back the Senate so that they can impeach the President.


This obstruction of justice is exactly why Americans no longer trust those we call “government”.


She/it has Shark eyes. Souless and dead.


Since Bill Clinton took office in Arkansas, the members of the Democrat Party who associated with him have taken the attitude that “enforcement of law is something that is completely subjective.” During the Clinton Administration, as well as every single minute of the eight years of Barry Soetoro’s Administration, the Rule of Law suffered these subjective rules of engagement. Under the current rendition of the National Democrat Party, their past, present, and future members of the executive branch, (including every Democrat Law Enforcement Official — See Chiefs of Police in Chicago, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Miami, Denver, etc. as well as a… Read more »


I C a change coming


Was there a legitimate reason Barry Soetoro became Barrack Hussein Obama

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Why is it such a difficult task to bring the Clintons to Justice. They have always had their own set of rules . If any one would have done half of what she has done we would die in a Federal Prison. Guess the laws don’t apply equally to all of us. She is the face of satan

Wild Bill

@Bill g, Why you ask? Because she has billions. But if Trump were smart, he would order DOJ and the Fat Boy Institute to investigate her.