Judicial Watch has asked a federal court to reject the State Department’s secrecy claims over certain Clinton email-related document on the grounds that the documents relate to government misconduct.
Judicial Watch argues the agency should release 30 emails currently being withheld under various “deliberative process,” “attorney client,” and “attorney work product” privileges.
The lawsuit was originally filed in May 2015, and seeks “all emails sent or received by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in her official capacity as secretary of State, as well as all emails by other State Department employees to Secretary Clinton regarding her non-‘state.gov’ email address.” (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:15-cv-00687)).
Judicial Watch argues that Clinton’s email practices at the State Department constitute misconduct:
The U.S. federal government has produced two State Department Inspector General reports and a report following an FBI investigation, which collectively support the conclusion that, at a minimum, the unofficial server arrangement was misconduct even if it was not a prosecutable violation of criminal law or one that will necessarily result in civil liability. Secretary Clinton herself has called the unofficial server arrangement a ‘mistake’…
The State Department’s descriptions of the documents show that the department may have misled the public about the Clinton email scandal: