The State Departments admits withholding a key Benghazi email from Judicial Watch in 2014
Judicial Watch has done some great work in trying to uncover what really happened in Benghazi, much better work than the Congress has done in fact, and unlike the Congress they are still fighting the battle. As you know Judicial Watch sued the State Department through a FOIA request for all documents related to the Benghazi scandal. Although the agency previously claimed it had turned over all relevant documents the State Department has now admitted it found a document related to Benghazi back in 2014 but withheld it from Judicial Watch.
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The Obama State Department last week admitted it withheld a key Benghazi email of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from Judicial Watch since at least September 2014. If the State Department disclosed the email when first supposedly found, Clinton’s email server and her hidden emails would have been disclosed nearly two years ago, before Clinton authorized the alleged deletion of tens of thousands of emails.
Contradicting an earlier statement to the court, an April 18, 2016, State Department letter admits that it found the email at issue in 2014 but was held back in its entirety:
Also, upon further review, the Department has determined that one document previously withheld in full in our letter dated November 12, 2014 may now be released in part.
The referenced November 12, 2014, letter does not reference any withheld emails. A search declaration suggests the hidden email was found in September 2014 as a result of a search in response to Judicial Watch’s lawsuit.
The September 29, 2012, email to Clinton from then-Deputy Chief of Staff Jake Sullivan concerns talking points for Clinton calls with senators about the Benghazi attack. The email contains Clinton’s non-state.gov address.
It looks as if this might have been an attempt to hide Hillary Clinton’s decision to use a private email server to conduct all State Department business, no wonder why this one was hidden from Judicial Watch. This comes on the heals of the report that the State Department removed Benghazi documents and sent them to other agencies after a subpoena was issued for them in what seems like a deliberate attempt to hide the documents from the investigation. But of course there is nothing to see here, just a couple of honest mistakes…
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