I reported to you recently
how the State Department (with the help of Obama Justice Department lawyers) sought to delay dozens Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits (of which Judicial Watch filed 18) – under the guise of a coordination motion
with the court. It created a lot of extra, costly work for us. But we won!
A few days ago, federal judges here in DC rejected the Obama gang’s meritless stalling tactic. Below is the statement I made on behalf of Judicial Watch in response to this important victory:
Judicial Watch applauds the decision made by federal judges of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to dismiss quickly the State Department’s desperate effort to buy time for itself and Hillary Clinton.
confirms Judicial Watch’s contention
that the State Department knew that its action had no basis in law – certainly none that it could identify – but nonetheless filed the action despite the time and expense Judicial Watch would be forced to incur as a result. With this obstruction out of the way, we are one step closer to the legal reckoning for Mrs. Clinton’s and the State Department’s contempt for the rule of law.
Judicial Watch’s massive legal effort – 18 cases to date – will insure that the emails on Hillary Clinton’s illicit email systems will be recovered, preserved, and reviewed for public disclosure as the law requires.
Sure enough, things picked up a bit as a result of this important ruling. For example, one court almost immediately ordered
the State Department to start answering question about the status of Judicial Watch’s FOIA requests concerning the Clinton email issue.
Here’s the text of the court order, issued by U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson:
MINUTE ORDER. In light of the Order entered in No. 15-mc-1188 denying the government’s motion for the designation of a coordinating judge, it is ORDERED that the stay of this case is hereby lifted. It is FURTHER ORDERED that defendant shall file on or before October 15, 2015 a proposed updated schedule for the production of any and all additional responsive records, taking into consideration the information the defendant provided to the Court in Leopold v. U.S. Department of State, No. 15-cv-123 (RC) concerning the status of the release of non-exempt portions of records subject to FOIA contained in the emails provided to State by former Secretary Clinton, but also including information concerning the status of the release of records subject to FOIA contained in the emails provided to State by other former employees, such as Cheryl Mills, Huma Abedin, Jacob Sullivan, and Phillippe Reines.
Plaintiff shall then have until October 19, 2015, to indicate to the Court whether it has any objections to defendant’s proposal. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Amy Berman Jackson on 10/8/2015.
Nice to go from a dead stop to answers in a week or two! Our lawyers worked hard to oppose this delaying game and I’m happy to see their work bear fruit.
There have been many other developments this week, so be sure to go our Internet site
for other news that we don’t have space for this week!
Tom Fitton is the president of Judicial Watch. He is a nationally recognized expert on government corruption. A former talk radio and television host and analyst, Tom is well known across the country as a national spokesperson for the conservative cause. He has been quoted in Time, Vanity Fair, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and most every other major newspaper in the country. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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