[Rushtalk] US Federal Judge Re Clinton: “We wouldn’t be here today if this employee had followed government policy”

Carl Spitzer lynux at keepandbeararms.com
Sun Aug 30 19:42:27 MDT 2015


  
US Federal Judge Re Clinton: “We wouldn’t be here today if this employee
had followed government policy”

        Sputnik— 21.08.2015


A US federal judge stated that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary
Clinton’s use of a private server for official emails while serving as
secretary of state was a violation of government policy, media reports
said.

Sullivan was presiding over a hearing on Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA) submissions for the release of Department of State records,
Politico reported.

“We wouldn’t be here today if this employee had followed government
policy,” US District Judge Emmet Sullivan said in an apparent reference
to Clinton, according to a report on the Politico web site on Thursday
afternoon.

In a further comment from the bench, Sullivan said the case was an
unusual one because “there was a violation of government policy,”
apparently referring to Clinton’s admitted use of a private email server
to conduct official business from her home, the site said.

In the case, Department of Justice lawyer Peter Wechsler argued that the
FOIA usually does not permit the search and public release of e-mails
from the private accounts and servers of US government officials.
However, Wechsler admitted that the circumstances in this case were
different, the report said.

Sullivan did not define or further elaborate on how he believed Clinton
had violated government policy, according to the Politico account.

The judge repeatedly referred to the State Department’s obligation to
preserve its records under the Federal Records Act of 1950, and
emphasized that he was determined to investigate the issue thoroughly,
the report said.

Politico also reported that Sullivan noted the State Department needed
to question Clinton as to whether anyone else might still possess copies
of official records from her four years as secretary of state.

Moreover, Sullivan emphasized that the public’s general right to privacy
did not apply in this case because of the official position Clinton had
held.

“We’re not talking about a search of anyone’s random email,” the
newspaper reported Sullivan as saying.

Clinton continues to argue that her use of a private email account while
secretary of state was legal and within approved government policy.

She told reporters in Las Vegas on Tuesday that what she did was
“legally permitted.”

However, Sullivan’s comments contradict her current argument and
position on the issue.

“The Clinton campaign and Clinton attorney David Kendall did not
immediately respond to a request for comment on the judge’s remarks,”
Politico stated.

In the FOIA case, the conservative group Judicial Watch is trying to get
records released about the conditions under which one of Clinton’s
closest friends and deputy chief of staff at the State Department, Huma
Abedin, was paid and employed while still doing private consulting work.



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