Judicial Watch Says Newly Released Messages Show Clinton’s Email, Benghazi Coverups

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From The Epoch Times:

WASHINGTON—Judicial Watch made public Monday a 2012 email chain showing multiple senior State Department executives used then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s unsecured private email to discuss the most sensitive details of the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, died in the assault, which within hours was attributed by the Obama White House to an internet video that critically portrayed Islam and its founder, Mohammed.

Judicial Watch first sought the emails released Monday in a 2014 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, but they were not released to the non-profit government watchdog until earlier this month by a federal court and only after the group threatened to expand its litigation in the case against the State Department.

It was this FOIA litigation that led to the public disclosure of Clinton’s use of the private email system, according to Judicial Watch.

Hundreds of other State Department and White House documents sought in the 2014 suit were previously released but only after years of litigation and discovery, which continues and may soon include deposing Clinton and Cheryl Mills, her former chief of staff.

U.S. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth, who has heard much of the Judicial Watch litigation seeking the documents, has called Clinton’s private email system “one of the gravest modern offenses against government transparency.”

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Court Forces Release of Clinton WikiLeaks Discussion Email that Confirms State Department Knew about Her Email Account — Judicial Watch

‘She guards it pretty closely’

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(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that the State Department provided a previously hidden email which shows that top State Department officials used and were aware of Hillary Clinton’s email account.

On December 24, 2010, Daniel Baer, an Obama State Department deputy assistant secretary of state, writes to Michael Posner, a then-assistant secretary of state about Clinton’s private email address:

Baer: “Be careful, you just gave the secretary’s personal email address to a bunch of folks …”

Posner answers: “Should I say don’t forward? Did not notice”

Baer responds: “Yeah-I just know that she guards it pretty closely”

Mr. Posner had forwarded Clinton’s email address, which was contained in an email sent to State Department senior leadership, about WikiLeaks.

It appears the State Department produced this email in 2016 in redacted form, blacking out Clinton’s personal email address and the discussion about Clinton’s wanting to keep her email address closely guarded.

Judicial Watch sought the email after a former top Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) State Department official testified to Judicial Watch about reviewing it between late 2013 and early 2014.

The testimony and the email production comes in discovery granted to Judicial Watch on the Clinton email issue in a FOIA lawsuit (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:14-cv-01242)). Clinton also faces potential questioning under oath in this lawsuit.

Despite a recent court order requiring production of the email, the DOJ and State Departments only produced it 10 days ago after Judicial Watch threatened to seek a court order to compel its production.

“Judicial Watch just caught the State Department and DOJ red-handed in another email cover-up – they all knew about the Clinton email account but covered up the smoking-gun email showing this guilty knowledge for years,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

The scope of court-ordered discovery that produces this email find includes: whether Secretary Clinton used private email in an effort to evade the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); whether the State Department’s attempt to settle this FOIA case in 2014 and 2015 amounted to bad faith; and whether the State Department has adequately searched for records responsive to Judicial Watch’s FOIA request.

During a recent hearing, Judge Lamberth specifically raised concerns about a Clinton email cache, carterheavyindustries@gmail.com, discussed in a letter to Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) and wants Judicial Watch to “shake this tree” on this issue.

Judge Lamberth also criticized the State Department’s handling and production of Clinton’s emails in this case stating, “There is no FOIA [Freedom of Information Act] exemption for political expedience, nor is there one for bureaucratic incompetence.” 

The court rejected DOJ and State efforts to derail further Judicial Watch discovery. Judge Lamberth called their arguments “preposterous” and cited a prior Judicial Watch FOIA case in which he ordered U.S. Marshals to seize records from a Clinton administration official.

Judge Lamberth detailed how the State Department “spent three months from November 2014 trying to make this case disappear,” and that after discovering the State Department’s actions and omissions, “Now we know more, but we have even more questions than answers. So I won’t hold it against Judicial Watch for expanding their initial discovery request now.”

Judge Lamberth stated his goal was to restore the public’s faith in their government, which may have been damaged because of the Clinton email investigation.

The court granted Judicial Watch seven additional depositions, three interrogatories and four document requests related to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. Hillary Clinton and her former top aide and current lawyer Cheryl Mills were given 30 days to oppose being deposed by Judicial Watch.

On December 6, 2018, Judge Lamberth ordered Obama administration senior State Department officials, lawyers and Clinton aides to be deposed or answer written questions under oath. The court ruled that the Clinton email system was “one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency.”

This Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuit led directly to the disclosure of the Clinton email system in 2015.

Judicial Watch’s discovery over the last several months found many more details about the scope of the Clinton email scandal and cover-up:

  • John Hackett, former Director of Information Programs and Services (IPS) testified under oath that he had raised concerns that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s staff may have “culled out 30,000” of the secretary’s “personal” emails without following strict National Archives standards. He also revealed that he believed there was interference with the formal FOIA review process related to the classification of Clinton’s Benghazi-related emails.
  • Heather Samuelson, Clinton’s White House liaison at the State Department, and later Clinton’s personal lawyer, admitted under oath that she was granted immunity by the Department of Justice in June 2016.
  • Justin Cooper, former aide to President Bill Clinton and Clinton Foundation employee who registered the domain name of the unsecure clintonemail.com server that Clinton used while serving as Secretary of State, testified he worked with Huma Abedin, Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, to create the non-government email system.
  • In the interrogatory responses of E.W. (Bill) Priestap, assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division, he stated that the agency found Clinton email records in the Obama White House, specifically, the Executive Office of the President.
  • Jacob “Jake” Sullivan, Clinton’s senior advisor and deputy chief of staff when she was secretary of state, testified that both he and Clinton used her unsecure non-government email system to conduct official State Department business.
  • Eric Boswell, former assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security during Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, testified that Clinton was warned twice against using unsecure BlackBerry’s and personal emails to transmit classified material.

Impeachment nonsense: Pelosi and Schiff are madly wagging the dog

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“Since corrupt people unite among themselves to constitute a force, then honest people must do the same.”  —Tolstoy

The Democratic Party’s obsession with booting President Trump from office has gone from the ridiculous to the absurd.

Robert Mueller’s $40M “investigation” into Trump’s supposed Russian collusion was in the end a cover-up operation that came up with nothing with which to charge Trump, let alone impeach him.  Rep. Jerry Nadler’s committee opened an inquiry to see if the president had committed any impeachable crimes, which was ultimately a fishing expedition.

Then the oleaginous Rep. Adam Schiff came up with a new plan of attack.  Over the span of a few weeks, he crafted a complaint behind the scenes with a partisan CIA spy and leaker who has an obvious axe to grind.  They called this spy a “whistleblower,” then changed the rules that previously required a whistleblower to have firsthand knowledge about the nature of his complaint before releasing his statement of charges to Congress.  This person, “not a direct witness,” had no such knowledge of President Trump’s phone calls, and his complaint is mostly hearsay and rumor.  Once the rules were surreptitiously changed, the complaint was released with the Left’s usual media-propelled fanfare and a new impeachment inquiry was announced with glee, the kind of glee Pelosi called “sadness.”

As usual, Democrats truly believe that all of us out here in flyover country and on both coasts are unable to grasp the truth of their silly subterfuge.

This scheme too went awry.  Schiff claimed that Trump had demanded that the president of Ukraine “dig up dirt” on Joe Biden and held up aid money to ensure a quid pro quo.  To Schiff’s shock, Trump released a transcript of the call which contained nothing like what Schiff alleged.  There was no national security breach.  It certainly contained nothing impeachable.  Why Schiff went ahead and read his ill conceived, idiotic version of the conversation imagined in “mob talk” is a mystery.  Schiff has destroyed any credibility he may still have had.  He should resign in disgrace.  What he did was monstrous.

So why have the Democrats become so hysterical and careless in their efforts to see Trump impeached that they are making serious mistakes like the tempest about a phone call that Schiff just badly mismanaged?

Because they know that A.G. Barr’s and John Durham’s investigations into their roles and the roles of many Democrats in the Russian collusion hoax are going to be devastating.

I.G. Horowitz’s report on FISA abuse too will reveal just how extensive and how criminal the plot to destroy Trump was from 2015 to the present.  When in 1998, then-president Bill Clinton bombed that aspirin factory in Sudan after the bombings of our embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, many believed he did so to create a distraction from the Monica Lewinsky scandal.  The film Wag the Dog had been released just two months earlier, and Clinton was desperate to change the news cycle.

It is beginning to be obvious that the Democrat frenzy now is a wholly misguided attempt to distract us from what is soon going to be made public.  Perhaps they hope to get Trump out of office before the truth of the DNC/Clinton global conspiracy to derail him leading up to the 2016 election and after is available.  They hope all the noise they are making will drown out the truth of the vast corruption on their side.  It won’t.  Now they hope to dirty up Attorney General William Barr, investigator John Durham, secretary of state Mike Pompeo, and even Vice President Mike Pence in order to invalidate the results of their investigations, but that won’t work, either.  Unlike the Democrats in Congress, Barr and Durham appear to be serious, honest men who have not only read the Constitution, but know it well.  House speaker Nancy Pelosi constantly references the Constitution but seems to have no grasp of its text.  Pompeo is unimpeachable and Pence has probably never uttered a curse word, let alone done anything illegal or unconstitutional.  These Democrats are truly grasping at straws.

Pelosi and Schiff held a press conference on Wednesday at which they each pretended to care about the country, about the reduction of the cost of prescription drugs, and USMCA (the revised trade treaty with Mexico and Canada), both of which the Democrats have blocked, just as they have blocked any immigration reform.  The Democrats have cooperated on no issue since Trump was elected except spending.  Parsing Pelosi’s rambling opening statement could be a comic book; the woman, her sanctimony aside, is mentally scattered.  Both Schiff and Pelosi appeared as bug-eyed deer in the light of a train coming down the track.  Pelosi rambled and dissembled.  The performance, and that is what it was, was a mess.  They do not care about what their hate campaign is doing to the country, not one bit.  They both blatantly lied, repeatedly, about Trump’s conversation with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky. It is very clear from the transcript that when Trump asked for his help on the origins of the Russia collusion hoax and mentioned Biden, he was talking about the 2016 election, not 2020. Joe Biden is very likely not on Trump’s radar as a 2020 threat to his re-election.

Pelosi and Schiff know the phone call is a faux scandal but they continue to lie about it and to fundraise on their lies. Both of them are patently disingenuous. Albert Einstein wrote that “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.” Schiff, Pelosi and all those Democrats who claim Trump should be impeached simply because they don’t like him, have done and are doing terrible damage to the nation. They are harming our allies and rewarding our enemies – on purpose! Because they still cannot accept the results of the 2016 election, they have increasingly become enemies of America. Now is the time for all those well-mannered, quiet, serene and cowardly Republicans in Congress who care about this country’s continued existence as founded to unite and fight back as fiercely as the Democrats fight to destroy it. Words spoken on cable TV are not enough. Appoint a special counsel to investigate Biden’s corruption, Schiff’s lies and malfeasance, and Pelosi’s despicable undergirding of all the unscrupulousness. This means you! Senators Mitch McConnell, Charles Grassley, Mike Lee, John Thune, Roy Blunt, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and the rest of your colleagues who have been sitting on their hands for far too long. We are counting on you to protect and defend the best president we’ve had since Reagan.

Impeachment: John Brennan and Obama’s Intel Ops

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Richard Morris & Eileen McGann

It turns out, as Rush Limbaugh noted in a recent broadcast, that the “whistleblower” is a CIA person detailed to the White House. Likely a holdover from Obama, he is John Brennan’s man.

When Obama left office, he left in place a mechanism designed to lead to Trump’s impeachment: The revelations of the intel community about Russian collusion with the incoming president.

Now that those are debunked by the very prosecutor hired to prove them, this same crowd, these same folks, have shifted their emphasis to the Ukraine scandal.

The allegation is that Trump used his official power to induce Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden’s son. But the fact — caught on tape — is that Biden used his power as VP to get Ukraine to fire the prosecutor who was after his son!

Trump does not deserve impeachment for bringing Biden to justice. Biden deserves our condemnation for trying to impede it.

The impeachment drama, begun suddenly by the whistleblower complaint, probably will play out this way:

House Democrats, driven by their blood thirsty base, will vote to impeach. All but their dedicated partisans will see them as over-reaching and ignoring the agenda they were elected to legislate. Party discipline will assure a unanimous Democratic vote to impeach but few if any Republicans will join them. Impeachment will be seen as a partisan ploy rather than the outcome of a real investigation.

Senate Republicans will stand firm and united behind Trump and against impeachment. With the GOP base solid and enraged by impeachment, any who waiver will be harshly disciplined by the threat of primary fights. Only Mitt Romney might break ranks. The House Democratic impeachment trial managers will fall far short of the two-thirds needed to oust Trump. The drama will consume the remainder of 2019 and last well into the primary season of 2020.

Voters will see the Democrats as taking the election out of their hands and trying to remove Trump even as his first term nears its end. Impeachment will hurt the Democrats in 2020 just as it injured the Republicans when they tried to throw out Clinton in 1998.

In the meantime, all the focus on Biden’s son’s role in Ukraine and China will further weaken and eventually destroy Joe Biden’s presidential chances. With Biden out of the way, the Party’s left wing will be triumphant and will nominate Elizabeth Warren.

With the Democrats hurt by impeachment, the economy purring along, and the radical Warren leading them, Trump will likely win re-election, perhaps massively.

Democrats are being forced into a strategic dead end by the exuberant media and their frothing base. But it will not end well for them.