Fed judge ‘shocked’ to learn State Dept provided ‘clearly false’ statements to thwart requests for Clinton docs
During a hearing last Friday, a federal judge slammed Obama-era State Department officials for lying to him and playing “word games.”
Four years ago the watchdog group Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit against the State Department demanding access to all documents concerning former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s response to the 2012 Benghazi terror attack.
Department officials promptly requested the suit be dismissed on the grounds that they had already found and dispersed all related documents.
U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth refused the request at the time, and speaking Friday, he expressed satisfaction with his decision on the basis that it’s since become clear that the officials had made “false statements.”
This clarity was provided by a report released by the Department of Justice’s Inspector General. It was through this report that he learned that Clinton’s aide Cheryl Mills had been granted immunity by the Justice Department and even allowed to sit with Clinton when the FBI interviewed the former secretary of state in 2016.
“I had myself found that Cheryl Mills had committed perjury and lied under oath in a published opinion I had issued in a Judicial Watch case where I found her unworthy of belief, and I was quite shocked to find out she had been given immunity in — by the Justice Department in the Hillary Clinton email case,” he said Friday.
“So I did not know that until I read the IG report and learned that and that she had accompanied the Secretary to her interview.”
He didn’t know that because State Department officials never told him. Nor did they inform him at the time that Clinton had used a private email address on a personal server to handle department business. They also never let him know that when they searched for relevant documents to provide to Judicial Watch, they neglected to include Clinton’s emails.
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