Things are not looking up for Hillary Clinton. After receiving a damning report from the Inspector General that she violated state policies by using an unsecured home-based email server while she was the Secretary of State, a federal judge has now ordered the Obama administration to release new emails before the Democratic Convention.
Judge Kitanji Brown released an order on Wednesday telling the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to hand over to the Republican National Committee (RNC) whatever they can by July 11. This is in response to the RNC’s public records lawsuit, which aims to find out whether the Clintons had an influence on USAID.
After handing over the documents, USAID is expected to cooperate with the State Department to examine hundreds of pages of other documents. The information could be made public in the future.
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The RNC sued the organization back in March, and the committee requested records of communications between USAID officials and Clinton’s closest State Department aides. They also asked for correspondences between the aid agency and private domain names related to Hillary Clinton, her husband, and others, including the Clinton Foundation, reports said.
Before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, USAID said they have roughly 3,300 pages of records that they might be able to give to the Republican Party organization. However, according to reports, they still need permission from the State Department to release about 2,600 of those documents.
Jackson directed the USAID to hand over whatever documents they can release by July 11 and set a definite schedule for releasing the others.
The first batch of emails is expected to come out one week before the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 18, two weeks before the Democratic conventions on July 25.
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Hillary Clinton’s alleged influence on the aid agency was not stated in the lawsuit.
The Clinton campaign continues to defend the Democratic presidential candidate even after the Inspector General’s report determined that she had violated State Department policies. Hillary Clinton admitted that her use of a private server was a mistake, but she maintained that she did not violate Department policies.
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The former First Lady previously said that using a private server routed to her personal Blackberry was for convenience.
Meanwhile, federal records revealed that Hillary Clinton had posted the names of concealed U.S. intelligence officials on her unsecured email system. This piece of information could be the key to determining whether she violated the Espionage Act by mishandling classified information.
The FBI has been after Hillary Clinton ever since the email scandal broke. They are investigating whether the former Secretary of State placed the nation’s security at risk by conducting official state business through her unsecured private email system.
Many of the names mentioned in Hillary Clinton’s emails have been censored in the State Department’s email releases, considering that they bear the classification code “B3 CIA PERS/ORG.” It is a highly specialized classification, which means that if the information were made public, the person responsible would defy the Central Intelligence Act of 1949.
One of the edited emails was a letter from U.S. Ambassador to Malta, Douglas Kmiec, to Hillary Clinton aide, Cheryl Mills, naming the top defense attaché to Malta. There was also a memo from her office manager, Claire Coleman, which contains the former Secretary’s daily schedule. That memo was sent to her private email.
Clinton aide Cheryl Mills declines to answer questions about email server setup https://t.co/6YhoQhjUcp
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There was also an email from Jackie Newmyer of Long Term Strategy Group in Cambridge, Massachusetts with the subject line, “Iran Insights From [Redacted].”
The censored memo contains sensitive information about Iran’s nuclear capability and possible countermeasures. After Hillary Clinton replied, Newmyer divulged his travel plans in the email.
All of these emails were sent directly through Hillary Clinton’s unsecured server.
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