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Judge orders new State Department search for Clinton emails

Benghazi is back.


Andrew Couts


Posted on Aug 10, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 8:59 pm CDT

A federal judge has ordered the State Department to once again search for emails Hillary Clinton may have sent about the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, during her tenure as secretary of state, Politico reports.

The 10-page decision from U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta comes as a result of a Freedom of Information Act request filed by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group that has repeatedly filed lawsuits in an attempt to gain information about Benghazi and Clinton, among other political figures.

The State Department has already conducted searches of the 30,000 emails Clinton turned over that were sent through her private email system. The State Department also searched through thousands of emails from Clinton’s aides, including Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills, and Jake Sullivan. According to Mehta, however, the State Department did not search its own email system for Benghazi emails.

“To date, State has searched only data compilations originating from outside sources,” Mehta wrote. She added, “It has not, however, searched the one records system over which it has always had control and that is almost certain to contain some responsive records: the state.gov email server.”

The State Department told Politico it is reviewing Mehta’s order.

Read the full story at Politico.

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*First Published: Aug 10, 2017, 3:29 pm CDT