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State Department ‘belatedly’ finds another 1,300 emails from Hillary Clinton’s aides

December 12, 2015

  According to this story the State Department has “belatedly” found another 1,300 of Hillary Clinton’s emails that were requested by Judicial Watch in a FOIA request four years ago. Here is more:

The State Department has belatedly discovered about 1,300 emails relating to deceased Islamic cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki in official accounts belonging to top aides to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, more than four years after a conservative group requested all such records, a new court filing reports.

At a federal court hearing in Washington last month, Justice Department attorneys assigned to the case brought by Judicial Watch told a federal judge that State‘s “executive secretariat” — the repository of records for the secretary’s office — was searched in response to the initial Freedom of Information Act request from Judicial Watch.

In the new filing Thursday evening, the lawyers representing the State Department said the records of Clinton’s former office were searched initially. The filing is vague about whether any responsive records were found at that time. However, it says a batch of emails about Al-Awlaki — who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen in 2011 — turned up only during the follow-up search.

  Some of the emails are from Huma Abedin and Cheryl  Mills, two women whose names continue to surface in this scandal. In fact at last notice neither one of these aides signed under penalty of perjury that they had handed all of their emails over and now it looks like we might know why.

  But did you notice the emails were not there when the initial search was done, they only turned up during a second search? That is interesting is it not? And this is not the first time something like this has happened.

State’s recent discovery of the Al-Awlaki-related emails appears to be similar to the belated discovery of roughly 81,000 emails former Clinton aide Philippe Reines exchanged with journalists on his official account during his tenure at State. Gawker requested those messages under FOIA and was initially told that “no responsive records” could be located. The 81,000 messages appear to have turned up only after the website filed suit in March of this year, following the disclosure that Clinton exclusively used a private email account and server for official business while secretary.

  There are two obvious questions which must be asked at this point: if these emails disappeared and then reappeared how do we know that ALL the emails which disappeared reappeared? And, how do we know that nothing in the emails was either altered or removed from the time when they disappeared until the time they reappeared? Move along, nothing to see here…

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