Though continual evasions, lies and manipulations are hardly anything new in politics, it’s a fair assessment to claim that the Obama Administration and the former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, have taken these extreme measures to a whole new level.
Time and time again, as investigative committees and judicial hearings attempt to ascertain the depth of corruption found in the Obama Administration, those on the business end of the tough questions have ducked and dodged and pretended that procuring the subpoenaed evidence is an impossible task.
From Fast and Furious to Benghazi to the IRS Scandal to Hillary’s emails, the administration who once promised to serve as the “most transparent” administration in history has conducted themselves with a level of secrecy and obstruction usually found in third-world dictatorships.
Evidently having had enough, one federal judge exploded on State Department representatives who have continually failed to cooperate in the matter of State Department emails.
U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon unleashed legal fury on State Department representatives who have failed to cooperate in producing documents sought via a Freedom of Information Act Request.
Reviewing a request for just over 60 State Department emails that have, thus far, not been produced, Leon exclaimed,
“Now, any person should be able to review that in one day — one day. Even the least ambitious bureaucrat could do this.”
The back-and-forth between State Department representatives and counsel was rife with sarcasm and flabbergasted indignation on the part of Judge Leon who questioned why the FOIA requests were being handled by “part-timers” and why, with 60 employees supposedly gathering the requested emails, it was taking years to get a modicum of cooperation and results.
The FOIA request was brought by the Associated Press and after significant stonewalling by the State Department, agreed to allow the State Department to release documents throughout 2015. Judge Leon, however, discouraged the AP from settling with the government agency who seems dedicated to obstructing and defying the court’s orders. Claiming that he would be issuing court orders to demand a more-speedy delivery of documents, Leon advised the AP, “AP may want to re-evaluate its position … before it commits to any schedule,” he said. “In my judgment, [the agreed-upon schedule for the release of documents] doesn’t sound pressing enough.”
The emails have been ordered as an investigation into the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, where the State Department’s failure to act led to the slaughter of four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador. Republicans have sought accountability, but frustrations continue to mount as the State Department continues to stonewall judicial efforts to uncover the emails.
On Friday, more emails are supposed to be released via a court-order; however, considering the lack of cooperation received by the justice department, it is anyone’s guess when or if such emails will see the light of day.
Clinton has, at various points, maintained different positions concerning her use of email systems during her tenure as Secretary of State. Though she had admitted to using both a personal email account and a secured government email account, the 2016 Democrat frontrunner has simultaneously claimed that she did not use the personal email account for classified business, but that she cannot produce some emails from the personal account as some are classified. She has also admitted to personally purging the email account of emails, though she claims that they were unimportant, personal emails.
To summarize: the woman who maintains that she is not capable of simultaneously managing two separate email accounts now wants to be the president of the United States.