A federal judge ordered the State Department on Monday to prioritize the review and release of 15,000 additional emails from the private servers used by Hillary Clinton – emails that were discovered by the FBI during the course of their investigation into the former secretary’s crimes. That investigation came to a bitter and unsatisfying conclusion last month, but the new emails could spell trouble for Clinton’s campaign.
But…that’s only if they are released by November.
Judge James E. Boasberg demanded a status update from the State Department no later than September 22, but he did not set a firm date for the agency to fully comply with the ruling.
“The process for reviewing these emails needs to be expedited, public disclosure should begin before early voting starts, and the emails in question should be released in full before Election Day,” said RNC chairman Reince Priebus.
What, if anything, lies inside this new treasure trove of emails remains to be seen. The emails already released and publicly reviewed have brought about questions regarding Clinton’s handling of the Benghazi aftermath as well as the extent to which she relied on friends and donors like George Soros and Sydney Rosenbaum for diplomatic advice. But while Americans still distrust Hillary, no email released thus far has had any damaging effect on her candidacy.
The judge’s order comes as a result of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, a conservative advocacy group. Ahead of the ruling, the group released a batch of emails from a previous State Department release. In these emails, Clinton is shown sending and receiving messages from top aide Huma Abedin and Clinton Foundation official Doug Band.
“These new emails confirm that Hillary Clinton abused her office by selling favors to Clinton Foundation donors,” said Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton. “There needs to be a serious, independent investigation to determine whether Clinton and other broke the law.”
Yeah, keep dreaming. We already had an investigation; it already proved that Clinton broke the law. Yet she remains free to seek the presidency.
It’s now up to the American people to make sure she doesn’t fulfill that quest.