It’s hard to keep up with the news bearing on Madam Hillary’s use of a private email account/server during her tenure as Secretary of State. Kim Strassel reported yesterday in her Wall Street Journal column:
At a federal court hearing on Wednesday, a State Department official dropped a new bomb regarding the email scandal, suggesting that Mrs. Clinton’s closest aides also might have been using private email accounts. This came out because the State Department attempted to excuse its failure to produce documents by noting that top Clinton aides—including Cheryl Mills, Huma Abedin and Jake Sullivan—had not yet turned over their work-related emails. Had those aides used government servers, State presumably would already have their emails. Politico noted that only this week, Mrs. Clinton’s former spokesman, Philippe Reines, “turned over 20 boxes of work-related emails taken in part from a personal email account.”
The Associated Press requested the documents under the Freedom of Information Act while seeking details about how Ms. Abedin was given special permission to work with outside clients while still at the State Department. The news organization filed that request four years ago; Mrs. Clinton resigned as secretary of state more than two years ago. And yet her aides, to this day, are sitting on that paper.
And then there is this:
Judicial Watch announced today that U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan ordered the U.S. State Department to request that Hillary Clinton and her top aides confirm, under penalty of perjury, that they have produced all government records in their possession, return any other government records immediately, and describe their use of Hillary Clinton’s email server to conduct government business.
Judicial Watch has posted its press release including the text of Judge Sullivan’s order here. Judge Sullivan’s order provides that the government is to “inform the Court of the status of its compliance with this Order no later than August 7, 2015, including any response received from Mrs. Clinton, Ms. Abedin and Ms. Mills.” I take it that Judge Sullivan is not amused and that he would like to put an end to the slow-walking with which all parties involved have treated this matter — see Strassel’s column above.
What manner of man is this Judge Sullivan? The court has posted Judge Sullivan’s professional background here (with the photo above left). Writing about him here earlier this week, Paul Mirengoff described him as a “no-nonsense federal district court judge.” I take it he is not a man to be trifled with.