• Why Federal Judge Says Hillary Clinton’s Emails Violate ‘Government Policy’

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s unique email arrangement, conducting her government work exclusively on a private e-mail account, violated government policy, a federal judge said Thursday.

    Judge Emmet G. Sullivan,handling the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, prompted the State department to cooperate with the FBI in order to determine what documents can be recovered from the computer server and flash drives that were used to store her emails.

    He gave the agencies 30 days to figure out whether emails can be recovered.

    Sullivan was suspicious of why the State Department had not already made that request and scoffed at the administration’s insistence that the FBI needed to be left alone to conduct its investigation.

    He said the State Department appeared to be treating the former secretary differently from how it would have treated an employee who used the State.gov email system.

    “We wouldn’t be here today had this employee followed government policy,” the judge said, refuting the claim  that Clinton did nothing wrong when she set up her own email server at her home in New York, used it for all of her government business, and belatedly returned 30,000 emails to the department, many of which have been revealed as classified.

    Sullivan scheduled the hearing at the request of Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group that filed multiple Freedom of Information Act lawsuits requesting Clinton’s records, after the State Department said that FOIA law did not require them to search her private server.

    The State Department, in court filings Wednesday, said it never issued Clinton a computer or other device such as a BlackBerry and declined Thursday to say whether the BlackBerry was secure, raising more questions about the security of the BlackBerry she was using that she presumably bought herself.

    Clinton insists she didn’t break the law in using email on her own server rather than an account at State.gov. She said she has returned printed copies of about 30,500 messages that are government business, thus fulfilling her obligations.

    Judicial Watch attorney Michael Bekesha refused to concede that  Clinton’s email account was personal. He said any account the secretary of state sets up to do government business is by definition a government account and the entire file should belong to the government.

    The Obama administration has agreed to allow the State Department and FBI to join forces to determine what documents could be recovered and try to reconstitute the emails Clinton’s attorney says were wiped from the server.

    Clinton has put President Obama in a difficult position of trying to balance loyalty to his former top diplomat with his obligations under open-records laws.

    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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