A federal judge has ordered a search of the accounts of several Hillary Clinton aides, saying the State Department hadn’t done enough to try and track down emails sent pertaining to the Benghazi terrorist attack in 2012.
US District Court Judge Amit Mehta ordered the department to conduct a search of the accounts for three top aides, Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills and Jake Sullivan.
The State Department never “searched the one records system over which it has always had control and that is almost certain to contain some responsive records,” Mehta wrote in the opinion.
He is referring to in-house emails sent and received via Hillary and her aides’ state.gov accounts.
Nine months after the presidential election was decided, a federal judge is ordering the State Department to try again to find emails Hillary Clinton wrote about the Benghazi attack.
U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta ruled that the State Department had not done enough to try to track down messages Clinton may have sent about the assault on the U.S. diplomatic compound on Sept. 11, 2012 — an attack that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya.
In all, State found 348 Benghazi-related messages or documents that were sent to or from Clinton in a period of nearly five months after the attack.
However, the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch argued that the search wasn’t good enough because State never tried to search its own systems for relevant messages in the official email accounts of Clinton’s top aides.
The judge agreed, saying the State Department has “an obligation to search its own server for responsive records,” he wrote.
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Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton issued a statement indicating he was pleased with the ruling.
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“This major court ruling may finally result in more answers about the Benghazi scandal — and Hillary Clinton’s involvement in it — as we approach the attack’s fifth anniversary,” Fitton said.
Mehta was appointed to his seat by President Barack Obama in 2014.
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