Judicial Watch once again is getting to the truth where our supposed law enforcement agencies refuse to venture, into confrontation with Democrat obstructionists and the deep state. On Friday they announced that US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson has ordered the US Department of State to release to them “eight identical paragraphs” of previously redacted material in two September 13, 2012, Hillary Clinton emails. The emails discuss phone calls made by ‘president’ Hussein Obama to Egyptian and Libyan leaders in the immediate aftermath of the Benghazi terrorist attacks.
Both emails have the subject line “Quick Summary of POTUS Calls to Presidents of Libya and Egypt” and were among those stored illegally on the Clinton bootleg server. Judge Jackson reviewed the documents directly, rejecting the government contention that the records had been properly withheld, consistent with the FOIA B(5) “deliberative process” exemption.
One might ask, if the good guys, Republicans President Trump and Rex Tillerson are in charge at the State Department, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions is now running things at DOJ, why is the government challenging the release of documents critical to the questions of what happened at Benghazi. It was Republicans, led by Rep Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who investigated and who were, we are told, fought and obstructed at every turn by the obfuscating Obama regime. With them now out of power why does it appear that the obstructionism and the cover up are still ongoing?
According to Judicial Watch, Judge Jackson ruled: “the two records, even if just barely predecisional, are not deliberative. [The State Department] has pointed to very little to support its characterization of these two records as deliberative, and the Court’s in camera review of the documents reveals that they do not fall within that category.”
It is the hope of Judicial Watch and many other observers that the emails will reveal what was known by Clinton and Obama and when about the September 11th, 2012 attack that killed four Americans.
Following the ruling of Judge Jackson on March 20th, the Trump State Department, under Tillerson, asked the court to reconsider, arguing that due to an internal mistake, they had failed to make the argument that they were actually classified and therefore exempt from production under FOIA.
Judicial Watch countered with the argument that it was not a mistake, but that the government, despite Donald Trump being President, was still covering up for Clinton and did not want to identify the documents as classified as it would then be more evidence in the mountain that Clinton was feloniously storing classified material on her bootleg home server.
Perhaps we’re getting insight into why the Department of Justice hasn’t pursued charges against Hillary Clinton. If they’re still trying to cover for her, in conjunction with the State Department, for crimes committed, it’s not likely they’ll also be pursuing prosecuting her. It does appear we’re being misled for some reason about the adversarial relationship between Clinton and the President or that other factors have acted to impede the “lock her up” promises and tone of the campaign in a major way.
Judicial Watch noted that their filing, “cites an interview of an FBI employee who told federal investigators that top State Department official Patrick Kennedy pressured the FBI to keep Clinton’s emails unclassified. The employee told the FBI he “believes state ha[d] an agenda which involves minimizing the classified nature of the Clinton emails in order to protect state interests and those of Clinton.”
Judicial Watch also referenced an interview of a State Department employee who told the FBI that the State Department’s Office of Legal Counsel interfered with the FOIA processing of email from Secretary Clinton’s server, instructing reviewers to use Exemption B(5) (deliberative process exemption) instead of Exemption B(1) (classified information exemption). According to the FBI interview:
STATE’s Near East Affairs Bureau upgraded several of CLINTON’s emails to a classified level with a B(1) release exemption . [Redacted], along with [Redacted] attorney, Office of Legal Counsel, called STATE’s Near East Affairs Bureau and told them they could use a B(5) exemption on a upgraded email to protect it instead of the B(1) exemption. However, the use of the B(5) exemption, which is usually used for executive privilege-related information, was incorrect as the information actually was classified and related to national security, which would be a B(1) exemption.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton asked the same burning question, “Does President Trump know his State and Justice Departments are still trying to provide cover for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama?” He noted, “An extraordinary court ruling that could result in key answers about the Benghazi outrage is being opposed by the Trump administration. This may well be an example of the ‘deep state’ trying to get away with a cover up – if so then the Trump administration must put a stop to it.”
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