Judicial Watch has just obtained some more fascinating bombshell information.
From Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch announced today that it obtained 44 pages of records from the State Department through court-ordered discovery revealing that the Obama White House was tracking a December 2012 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking records concerning then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of an unsecure, non-government email system. Months after the Obama White House involvement, the State Department responded to the requestor, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), falsely stating that no such records existed.
Here’s what Judicial Watch found.
One of the smoking guns here comes in the form of a December 2012 email sent by Sheryl L. Walter, the director of the State Department’s Office of Information Programs and Services (IPS). The subject line is something of a dead giveaway. “Need to track down a FOIA request from CREW.” The body of the email begins with two simple words… “WH called.” She then asks for any details about the FOIA request so she can “call the WH back,” noting that they would like a “quick turnaround.”
Walter communicated with Heather Samuelson, one of Clinton’s top aides at the State Department who knew Clinton had a private email and communicated with her on it.
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“[D]id you ever get any intell [sic] re what other agencies are doing re this FOIA request that seeks records about the number of email accounts associated with the Secretary (but isn’t specifying ‘personal’ email accounts so we are interpreting as official accounts only),” Walter wrote.
“We are considering contacting the requester to find out exactly what it is they are looking for. Do you have any-concerns about that approach?”
Samuelson responded: “White House Counsel was looking into this for me. I will circle back with them now to see if they have further guidance.”
The State Department denied the FOIA request in May 2013, saying that no such records existed. Although CREW asked for all records pertaining to number of Clinton email accounts, the State Department limited that to “official accounts” on their own, thus not being responsive to the request.
The explosion about her private email server came two years later. But the State Department, the White House and President Barack Obama all knew at that time of the FOIA request in 2012 that she was using a private email.
The State Department’s inspector general determined in a report released on Jan. 7, 2016 that the State Department’s denial of the CREW request was “inaccurate and incomplete.”
It is not clear from the emails why the White House was interested in the request. But Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton has a theory.
“These documents suggest the Obama White House knew about the Clinton email lies being told to the public at least as early as December 2012,” he said in a statement.
Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch used the “c” word. “The Obama White House orchestrated the Clinton email cover-up,” he said.
The emails between Clinton and Obama, who reportedly communicated with Clinton through a pseudonym, have not yet been produced.
Samuelson and Cheryl Mills, another top Clinton aide, were the people who would later review of Clinton’s emails to determine which would be deemed related to State Department work. They gave 30,000 emails to the State Department on Dec. 5, 2014 and deleted 30,000 others.
Samuelson and Mills also attended Clinton’s July 2, 2016 interview with the FBI. Republican lawmakers have raised concerns with that arrangement since both Samuelson and Mills were witnesses in the FBI’s investigation of Clinton’s email practices.
Clinton initially denied that any of the emails contained classified information, but a review of the documents found that to be inaccurate. Thousands of Clinton’s emails contained classified information.