• State Dept. Facing Lawsuit Over Clinton Aide’s Emails

    The emails of Huma Abedin, the top personal aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, are now the subject of a disclosure lawsuit.

    Judicial Watch, a conservative public interest law firm, filed an open-records request to get a look at Abedin’s emails during her four years at the State Department, but the department has failed to turn her emails over.

    Abedin, who is married to former Rep. Anthony Weiner, reportedly used the same private email server Clinton  set up to handle government business, but the status of her messages is unclear.

    Judicial Watch filed a number of open-records requests after the email scandal broke and have been stonewalled on all of them, so now the firm is resorting to the courts.

    Rep. Trey Gowdy exposed Clinton’s private emails as part of his investigation into the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi and has urged Clinton to turn the server over to a neutral third party while questions get sorted out, but  Clinton has refused, saying she believes she has now complied with the law by finally going through and turning emails over.

    Clinton has said she turned over about 30,000 emails from her server, and discarded another 32,000 messages she deemed unrelated to business. But it’s unclear whether the messages she turned over included ones from Abedin’s account or that of her other aides.

    The law during Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State urged federal employees to use their official accounts while doing government business, but said those who used personal accounts were required to forward all government-related messages to their official accounts for storage. Mrs. Clinton rejected using an official account and did not forward her messages.

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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