Liberty News: In an opinion lambasting both the Departments of State and Justice, a federal judge this week ordered further inquiries into Hillary Clinton’s emails as Secretary of State. Judicial Watch, a public interest group specializing in government open records research and litigation was granted the extraordinary order, which requires the two government departments to join it in submitting a proposed schedule for document discovery.
They are all required by U.S. District Court Judge Royce C. Lambert to co-operate in investigating whether Hillary Clinton used a private email system to stymie the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and whether the State Department acted in “bad faith” by attempting to settle a case despite knowing its disclosure was inadequate.
What Difference Does It Make?
The huge win for Judicial Watch came in response to their ongoing suit over a FOIA request related to the Battle of Benghazi. They sued the State Department in 2014 for documents discussing talking points sent to Susan Rice. Obama’s U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Ms. Rice was chosen by the administration to sell the (false) notion that Benghazi was a protest over the posting of an anti-Islamic video on YouTube. The Sunday after the battle, Rice went on all five big network news shows selling the attacks as a spontaneous violent reaction rather than the coordinated terrorist attack they knew it was. Judicial Watch has been working to uncover the root of that lie and expose its author(s), via the FIOA process.
Lamberth starts his decision with a three-paragraph quote from a memorandum President Obama signed on his first day in office regarding the Freedom of Information Act. Three paragraphs on the importance of openness, fidelity not just to the letter, but also the spirit of openness and transparency, “to usher in a new era of open Government [sic].” Lamberth said:
“[I]n this case, faced with one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency, his State and Justice Departments fell far short. So far short that the Court questions, even now, whether they are acting in good faith.”
Negligence Born Out of Incompetence – At Best
Mincing no words, Lamberth calls the Department of State deceptive and uses his writing to lay out a summary of the case – which is a summary of bad acts by the State and Justice Departments that were designed to conceal and destroy the truth rather than produce it: more