Federal Judge Takes Action to Preserve Podesta Emails

A U.S. District Court Judge has come down hard on a top Department of Justice official who shared communications with Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, John Podesta.

Judicial Watch had filed a lawsuit requesting all emails between Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Peter Kadzik and Hillary Clinton’s former campaign manager, John Podesta.   

In response, Judge Emmet G. Sullivan issued an order on January 17th requiring the Justice Department to “preserve all agency records and potential agency records between the dates of December 1, 2014 and November 7, 2016 in any personal email account of Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Peter Kadzik.”

As previously reported, Peter Kadzik and John Podesta were classmates at Georgetown Law School in the 1970’s, and have remained connected over the years, both socially and professionally.

WikiLeaks published multiple emails between the two, revealing social invitations as well as discussions about Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

The most condemning correspondence was an email on May 19, 2015, when Kadzik sent a heads-up to Podesta about a hearing that day on Hillary Clinton’s email investigation.

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Judicial Watch cited that they wanted to thoroughly review Hillary Clinton’s emails while she served as U.S. Secretary of State, and first filed a Freedom of Information request on November 7, 2016, but got no response from the Justice Department.  Therefore, the lawsuit was filed on January 5.

A primary concern was the fact that Kadzik would be leaving office once President Trump was inaugurated on January 20 and they would no longer have control over him or his Gmail account.

The Justice Department shot out a statement opposing the lawsuit on January 17, stating that, “It is the government’s understanding that Mr. Kadzik has located no agency records or potential agency records in his Gmail account and that, therefore, there are no such documents to preserve.”

Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch, claims Obama and his administration made gaining access to the emails exceedingly difficult.

“It is astonishing that the Obama Justice Department continues to play games on emails, especially Clinton-related emails,” said Judicial Watch President, Tom Fitton. “Judicial Watch’s lawsuit, and the court’s hard-hitting court order, should send a signal to the entire Obama administration not to destroy government records on its way out the door.”

H/T: Judicial Watch

 

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