U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan announced that he will hear arguments on Monday, July 18, 2016, in our request to take testimony from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Yesterday, we submitted reply briefs (available here and here) to the court in response to the State Department’s and Secretary Clinton’s oppositions to our request for permission to depose former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Director of Office of Correspondence and Records of the Executive Secretariat (“S/ES-CRM”) Clarence Finney; and the former Director of Information Resource Management of the Executive Secretariat (“S/ES-IRM”) John Bentel.
These proceedings arise in our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking records about the controversial employment status of Huma Abedin, former deputy chief of staff to Clinton. The lawsuit was reopened because of revelations about the clintonemail.com system (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:13-cv-01363)).
In our replies we argued, among other things, that:
Secretary Clinton’s deposition is necessary to complete the record. Although certain information has become available through investigations by the Benghazi Select Committee, the FBI, and the State Department Inspector General, as well as through Plaintiff’s narrowly tailored discovery to date, significant gaps in the evidence remain. Only Secretary Clinton can fill these gaps, and she does not argue otherwise.
To [Judicial Watch’s] knowledge, Secretary Clinton has never testified under oath why she created and used the clintonemail.com system to conduct official government business. Her only public statements on the issue are unsworn.Very soon after making the filings, the court ordered Clinton and the State Department to file responses to our reply briefs no later than noon, today (you can view the filings here and here ). Judge Sullivan also ordered the State Department to be prepared to discuss at Monday’s hearing how much time the agency will need to search the new Clinton emails the FBI is turning over thanks to Judicial Watch’s litigation (see below).
Be sure to check the news and our website on Monday to see how that court hearing turns out.
The Clinton Email Coverup Is Unraveling
If you’ve been getting your information solely from Hillary Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch you might have assumed that Hillary Clinton’s email scandal is behind us.
Our briefs and the upcoming hearing show otherwise. We are pursuing her sworn testimony to get to the heart of her incessant and flagrant mishandling of government documents. As I wrote this week for Fox News:
It is no surprise that neither Hillary Clinton nor the Obama State Department agrees with our request to depose Mrs. Clinton concerning her exclusive use of her non-state.gov email account to house and send tens of thousands of official emails throughout her entire tenure as secretary of state.Slowly, but surely, the Clinton email cover up is unraveling.
IRS “Security” Program Can’t Stop $3.1 Billion Scam
Do you any longer assume that federal agencies are honest and competent? What about the powerful agency that digs into every corner of your life – the IRS? This JW Corruption Chronicles blog post will disabuse you of any notion that this agency deserves respect:
While it’s absorbed persecuting law-abiding conservative groups the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can’t seem to stop crooks from scamming it to the tune of several billion dollars in one year alone via bogus tax refunds. It’s the latest of many transgressions at the agency that’s doubled as an Obama administration tool to crack down on political adversaries.But don’t you try to break the law in this way. The full wrath of the IRS will descend upon you.
Judicial Watch: Obama Travel Cost Taxpayers over $79.5 million
While we’re on the subject of a government run amok, take a look at the latest information we’ve received about the costs of President Obama’s personal travel.Until next week...
We obtained records from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security revealing the Obama family’s August 2015 vacation on Martha’s Vineyard cost taxpayers $465,420.49 in Secret Service expenses alone. This included $457,310.33 in hotels, $271.56 in car rentals, and $7,838.60 in air/rail travel.
The government doesn’t share this willingly. The records were obtained through our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed on November 24, 2015. Judicial Watch sued the Department of Homeland Security, of which the Secret Service is a part, because it failed to respond to 19 FOIA requests from Judicial Watch since July 21, 2014, ( Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (No. 1:15-cv-01983)).
The new records reveal that Secret Service expenses for presidential travel included:
The current grand total of known Obama travel-related expenses now stands at $79,630,433.93
Taxpayers should be incensed that the Secret Service’s resources are wasted to provide security for endless golf excursions, political fundraisers, and luxury vacations. President Obama’s travel is a scandal. You can count on Judicial Watch to continue to expose this abuse of the office and of your hard-earned taxpayer dollars.