In a disappointing, although not surprising, move, the State Department under President Trump has stated they will not push to find the thousands of emails former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did not hand over.
The Washington Examiner reported:
At a hearing in Washington on Monday at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the State Department said it will continue to seek a dismissal of Judicial Watch’s case attempting to force them to locate Clinton’s emails.
With Cause of Action also acting as a plaintiff, Judicial Watch is hoping to use a small bit of the Federal Records Act to force the State Department to locate more Clinton emails from her tenure as secretary of state.
The lawsuit has had a long journey. John Kerry’s State Department got the case dismissed in early 2016 in the court of Judge James Boasberg, an Obama appointee, but the dismissal was overturned by the Court of Appeals this past December. Despite having the case sent back down to the District Court, State Department attorneys were undeterred, arguing Monday they would again file for a dismissal and hoping that new information learned in the past year — specifically the release of the Clinton email report from the FBI — might be enough to satisfy Judicial Watch, or be enough to get all courts to agree that the case is now moot.
Judicial Watch had apparently hoped, as many Americans surely did as well, that a Trump administration would push to find these emails, but that’s not the case.
“What’s surprising is the Trump Administration is continuing the Obama Administration’s legal strategy to obstruct and defend Hillary Clinton’s email practices,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton expressed after the hearing.
“This is an example, in my view, of the ‘deep state’ still running things, in many respects.”
“This judge, again, wants us to go through the same arguments cycle that didn’t work out for the State Department the first time,” Judicial Watch senior attorney James Peterson noted. “What is undisputed here is that records still remain out there to be recovered.”
Although it’s disappointing, it’s not surprising.
Trump signaled not long after his election that he wouldn’t push for Clinton to face the music — despite making that a major point on the campaign trail as part of his promises to restore law and order.
For some reason, the Trump administration doesn’t want to seek justice. There may be some explanation for why this is the case — something that would hopefully also explain the bizarre, laudatory comments Trump has made about the Clintons since the election — but it doesn’t seem likely that we’ll know any time soon.
While there’s a great deal of good to be done and the Trump administration has already gotten off to a strong start, it is certainly disappointing for him to drop this the way he has.
Hopefully there’s good reason. But while it, to me, won’t necessarily tarnish the entirety of his four-to-eight years, it definitely isn’t a good look for law and order in this country.
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