Hilary Clinton trial: Important things you need to know about her emails
Clinton is accused of using a private email account and server during her tenure as secretary of state, which she admitted to during her 2016 presidential campaign.
In July 2016, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that messages and documents in private accounts that are considered government records can be subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.
Since 1967, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has provided the public the right to request access to records from any federal agency. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government.
Many groups who support the FOIA, such as Judicial Watch, demand ‘complete transparency’ from government officials.
Once the panel made the ruling in July 2016 about private server emails used in governmental work being released under the FOIA, groups such as the Judicial Watch then demanded to see Hilary Clinton’s records related to the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack.
The reason for Hilary Clinton being in court in September are the lawsuit against her filed by Judicial Watch under the Freedom of Information Act saying that not every single email has been accounted for.
Judges were confused about why this case was being brought to court saying back in June that they were doubtful of what additional information could be gleaned about Hillary Clinton’s emails if the former secretary of state were to sit for a deposition in a public records case.
But Judicial Watch’s attorney Ramona Cotca told the court that the group had remaining questions over the handling of the emails.
“The issue is identifying all sources where Clinton emails reside, and for the State Department to do an adequate search,” she said.
“The State Department now has every incentive to get to the bottom of this if you have any questions, if that’s the case,” Judge Pillard replied. “This is no longer Secretary Clinton’s State Department, this is the Trump State Department.”
“It doesn’t matter who the administration is, but the issue is,” Cotca began before Judge Cornelia Pillard cut her off.
Judge Pillard said: “It does in the sense of whether you think—from what I gather you’re saying is that there’s some kind of cover-up.
“And so I’m just trying to understand why you think this is relevant under FOIA, the claim you brought.”
The Judicial Watch feel there has been a cover up related to Hilary’s emails, in that under the FOIA they should be able to see every single written word for themselves whilst the judges argued that it is the act of her using a private email for government reasons that is why she is in court so why do the prosecution want to see every word?
This is where the people of America and the right wing arm of government feel they are being lied to and conned by Hilary and obviously there is something on those emails that needs covering up.
Judge Pilard also said that the State Department later found it had already possessed those same emails and found they were not relevant to Judicial Watch’s records request.
Why are these emails not relevant? What is being covered up?
Under the Freedom of Information Act every single email should be accounted for to keep the government’s acts transparent.
Another Judge, Robert Wilkins said: “If the question is whether there’s been an adequate search, what difference does it make what the intent was or reasons for using a private server, or Hillary Clinton’s or anyone else’s understanding of State’s record searching obligations?”
“How does that prove this search, which was conducted since Secretary Clinton left office, was adequate?”
Why are these three judges so against these groups such as Judicial Watch – who are there for the average person of America to make sure the country is being run in the correct and just manner – and why can’t the emails be seen?
Clinton’s lawyer, David Kendall, called it ‘harrassment.’
So what has Hilary done wrong and what could be being covered up?
Well, in March 2015, Hillary Clinton confirmed that she and former President Clinton did run their email through a private server “protected by the Service Service.”
This means she used the country’s assets such as the Secret Service to protect her emails so in her mind she could do, say, and order what she pleased knowing she had top classified security behind her.
This is a breach of the rules as working in government is a public office and American people need to know their constitutional rights are being protected through transparency.
Federal rules require strict record keeping to be kept and private servers are meant to keep written documents private and therefore not public.
This is why the watchdogs have taken her to court.
An 83-page report by the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General about Clinton’s emails, with the report started before 2009 prior to her taking office as Secretary of State, said: “At a minimum, Secretary Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing with Department issues before leaving government service.
“Because she did not do so, she did not comply with the Department’s policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act.”
Clinton said that at the time of joining the State Department it seemed easier to keep using one device and one email account and that all staff in the government were mailed on their .gov accounts, so those messages would be archived at the receiving end.
She then admitted to destroying her private emails which were used on .gov accounts.
FBI reports which were made public in 2016 say one of Hillary Clinton’s aides told the FBI that on two occasions he disposed of her unwanted mobile devices by breaking or hammering them.
So what was on those emails?
The Pizzagate horror? Emails related to her and Bill’s best friend Laura Silsby being convicted of trafficking children off of Haiti? How Bill Clinton managed to get her off of a huge sentence and get her aquitted? What happened in Benghazi?
Whether Hilary will have to answer these actual questions in court next month is doubtful but hopefully groups such as Judicial Watch who cater for the people of the American Republic as the government should, overcome the barriers set before them to find out the truth and bring justice and transparency back to America.
And will Hilary be prosecuted for using a private email server whilst in office?
Well, James Comey who was head of the FBI during the reports against Clinton, has recommended ‘no’ with past indication of the last 20 years of investigations showing that the FBI do not like to prosecute when cases are ‘not clear cut.’
Whether Trump and the patriots can find a way to uncover transparency in time – or whether they have already – is to be seen.