According to the watchdog group Judicial Watch, last month the FBI provided the Department of Justice with a new disc of documents connected to Hillary Clinton. Judicial Watch announced the hard disc contains as many as 7,000 records recovered from disgraced Democrat and former NY congressman Anthony Weiner’s laptop.
According to Judicial Watch (JW), the documents must be reviewed for potential public release.
In an article published on its website Saturday, JW claims its legal team has been pushing for all the Clinton-related records to be released faster than they have been, but the Justice Department’s attorney said that her State Department agency client shouldn’t have to expedite the process simply because of supposed diminished interest in Clinton emails “since November.”
JW also explains that the Justice Department’s attorney lists President Trump’s hiring freeze of government employees as another cause for the slow release of documentation. JW expects the president will be outraged when he learns that his agencies are delaying the process of releasing emails that Hillary Clinton tried to delete from her server.
From the JW website:
“Judicial Watch’s team of attorneys was in federal court yesterday morning for a hearing in a major lawsuit seeking Hillary Clinton emails.
Specifically, The hearing comes in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails that were sent or received during her tenure from February 2009 to January 31, 2013 (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:15-cv-00687)). The case is before Judge James E. Boasberg.
The hearing focused on the State Department’s progress on processing the emails that Hillary Clinton deleted or otherwise failed disclose when she served as Secretary of State, some of which were emails sent by Clinton aide Huma Abedin that were found on the laptop of her estranged husband Anthony Weiner. Clinton attempted to delete 33,000 emails from her non-government server.
The State Department was ordered to produce documents to Judicial Watch, and has been processing only 500 pages per month of emails uncovered by the FBI in its investigation into Clinton’s non-government email system. The State Department has produced 17 batches of documents so far. At the current pace, the Clinton emails and other records won’t be fully available for possible release until at least 2020.
To see Judicial Watch’s video report on the hearing click here.
ABOUT ANTHONY WEINER
Anthony David Weiner (born September 4, 1964) is a former American politician. As a congressman, he represented New York’s 9th congressional district from January 1999 until June 2011. He won seven terms as a Democrat, never receiving less than 59% of the vote. Weiner resigned from Congress in June 2011 after the first of several sexting scandals became public. On May 19, 2017, Weiner pled guilty in federal court to transferring obscene material to an underage girl.
A New York City native, Weiner attended public schools, and graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh in 1985 with a B.A. in political science. He was a member of the New York City Council from 1992 to 1998, and a congressional aide to U.S. Representative Chuck Schumerfrom 1985 to 1991. He was an unsuccessful candidate for Mayor of New York City in the 2005 and 2013 New York City mayoral elections.
In May 2009, he became engaged to Huma Abedin, a long-time personal aide to Hillary Clinton, and they married in July 2010, with former President Bill Clinton officiating.
In August 2016, Abedin announced that she was separating from Weiner. In the spring of 2017, Abedin announced her intent to file for divorce with sole physical custody of their son, Jordan. On May 19, 2017, she filed for divorce.
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