Request comes after Lynch met with Bill Clinton.
The State Department has asked for a 27 month delay to release emails from Hillary Clinton when she served as secretary of state.
That means the department would not release the emails until October 2018, over a year into Clinton’s presidency if she should win in November.
The State Department claims they “miscalculated the amount of material it would need to process the documents as part of a lawsuit with the conservative organization Citizens United.” The courts set a July 21 release date.
From The New York Post:
Eric Stein, the State official handling the emails, said the agency initially thought it would have to vet 6,000 documents, but discovered “errors in the manner in which the searches had been conducted,” so the backlog is now 14,000 pages.
Citizens United called the State Department request “outrageous” and an effort to “protect their candidate” until nearly two years after the November election.
Officials only searched using the “To” and “From” and did not “include keyword searches of the messages.”
The lawsuit wants emails from these aides: Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Michael Fuchs, Ambassador-At-Large Melanne Verveer, Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, and Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin. They want their communications with “officials with the Clinton Foundation and Teneo Holdings, a closely allied public relations firm that Bill Clinton helped launch.”
Then this morning The New York Times reported that Attorney General Loretta Lynch “would accept whatever recommendation career prosecutors and the F.B.I. director make about whether to bring charges related to Hillary Clinton’s personal email server.” However, the Department of Justice clarified the Times report:
— Mark Halperin (@MarkHalperin) July 1, 2016
Lynch, though, did not recuse herself from the investigation:
“I fully expect to accept their recommendations,” Lynch said Friday at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado. “The final determination for how to proceed will be contained in the recommendations in the report.”
“A recusal would mean that I wouldn’t even be briefed on what the findings were, or what the actions going forward would be,” Lynch said. “While I don’t have a role in those findings and coming up with those findings or making those recommendations as to how to go forward, I’ll be briefed on it and I will be accepting their recommendations.”
This news breaks a day after it was revealed that Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton met privately for 30 minutes at the Phoenix airport.
Coincidence? Who knows, but it doesn’t look good:
Neither Lynch nor Bill Clinton are dummies. They both know that such a private meeting creates the appearance of impropriety regardless of what was discussed. Bill Clinton’s wife is being investigated by the FBI — why do you think he dropped in for a chat with Lynch?
Of course they didn’t discuss the case. They didn’t need to.
What a mess and to think Hillary really might be our next president.DONATE
Donations tax deductible
to the full extent allowed by law.