State Department First Claims There Are Zero Emails Related To Scandal . . . Then Admits To Court That There Are Thousands

StateDepartmentWhile the attention nationally has been on the server of Hillary Clinton and the ongoing investigation, there is a new development in the effort to acquire another set of emails that should cause public outcry. Two years ago, the State Department officially stated that there were no emails responsive to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request about a close Hillary Clinton adviser’s contact with the media. Now, after the intervention of a federal judge, the Department has admitted that it has located 17,855 emails that appear to match the criteria. From 0 to 17,855 and no one seems particularly bothered by the false statement of the State Department in its early response to the lawful request under FOIA. No one is under review at the State Department for possible termination or even discipline. No one is being transferred or retrained. The government first says that there were no emails and then is forced to admit that there are potentially thousands. It is being treated as just another day in the life of our government.

The website Gawker filed a FOIA request in 2012 seeking any emails between Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Philippe Reines (a top Hillary Clinton adviser) and a list of 33 major media outlets. Reines was involved in an angry email exchange with journalist Michael Hastings where he lost his temper and told Hastings to “f-ck off.”

In July of 2013, the State Department responded to Gawker’s request with a letter which stated, “After a thorough search . . . no records responsive to your request were located.” Zero. Gawker then went to court. It has become all too predictable for agencies to deny everything and wait to see if they are forced to fess up to the truth on such evidence. This occurs because no one in government is held accountable by the courts.

The truth came out in a “court-ordered status report” where the State Department has admitted to having located 81,159 emails belonging to Reines and estimated that 22 percent may be responsive to the FOIA request made back in 2012. Indeed, three are so many relevant emails that the Department is requesting more time to “conduct a line-by-line review of an estimated 17,855 emails for applicable FOIA exemptions.”

It would seem reasonable to expect a show cause order for the State Department to explain the slight discrepancy from zero to thousands of emails. Otherwise, it appears that Reines’ answer to Hastings reflects a general response of the entire Department to the American people in using FOIA.

68 thoughts on “State Department First Claims There Are Zero Emails Related To Scandal . . . Then Admits To Court That There Are Thousands”

  1. I am surprised she still might have a security clearance. I gave mine up the very day I retired for all extents and purposes. (Role was gone) Furthermore not one iota of material dealing with the DOD & DA was anywhere but on a DOD/DA server…I had two computers side by side at home because I had travel & work-at-home privileges, but still required I use a VPN…nothing was on my personal computer. Fact is my work for DOD/DA is still on their servers and available to my replacement, Sandra. There is NO excuse for what Hillary did. None. And it IS criminal…will anyone have the guts to charge her, prosecute her, and convict her?

    Not holding my breath. If Biden chooses to run and Obama endorses him, Hillary is toast. She must have something ugly on him is all I can guess.

    1. Aridog – considering how sloppy the DoJ has been since Obama got into office I would doubt that they would charge her. However, she is rubbing the shine off of Obama whose numbers are dropping, along with hers. Trump leads her is a couple of states. If I were her, I would be on Plan F by this time, cause the others have not been working. She has been a terrible candidate and this stuff is just burying her.

      Now, if Obama pardons her, it just gets worse for both of them. There are people who are still mad at Gerald Ford for pardoning Nixon and they are both dead.

  2. Paul C … Technically, even if she has a remaining security clearance, if everyone in the USG isn’t asleep at the switch, she should have access to nothing classified today. Period. A clearance by itself provides no access, only the “Role” initiates it and then the detailed “Permissions” are allocated based upon responsibilities. She currently has no “Role” in the USG and her clearance, if she retains one, should be moot now.

    1. Aridog – by stripping her clearance she would lose access to her emails. I think they have decided the lawyers did not have clearance to go through her emails and the Colorado company did not have clearance to handle classified materials.

  3. As I said: Let’s be honest and cut through the crap

    Scandal? Who gives a rat’s tinker dang? She broke the law. Indict her! Period.

  4. What is the “scandal”? Is that word appropriate for a situation where some person in government uses his own email server rather than the government email server?

    Scandal would be if she porked Putin while Secretary of State.

    Some more appropriate words for this political story are: BS; orseHitShay; worse than watergate; hillaryGate; Koch Brother twist; twist and shout, shake it up baby; where the white women at; day at the races; Moe, Larry, cheese;

  5. Let’s be honest and cut through the crap. If Hillary is not indicted and convicted then there is no justice for any of us. I had a high clearance and worked with classified material for DOD & DA…and had I done 1/10th of the nonsense Hillary has already done I’d be in jail as I write this. When politics overwhelms the law there is no law.

  6. 17 thousand plus emails are of interest.
    What could an enemy learn? That Ben Gazi has a shop selling vegetables in Miami? That the bathrooms at the embassies are filthy. That Bill ran out of cigars.

  7. Just when you thought that it was safe to go into the water, now this:

    State Dept: Huma Abedin’s Blackberry was Destroyed
    Set on fire, bathed in acid and buried at midnight
    August 20, 2015
    Daniel Greenfield

    I’m sure it was. Set on fire, bathed in acid, blowtorched and then buried at midnight at the bottom of a lake next to Jimmy Hoffa who can finally get internet access.

    State Department BlackBerry devices issued to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s aides Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin have likely been destroyed or sold off, the department said in a court filing on Wednesday.

    Mills and Abedin “were each issued BlackBerry devices,” department Executive Secretary Joseph Macmanus wrote in the filing.

    The department, however, “has not located any such device,” and believes that they would have been destroyed or removed from the department’s control.

    So it’s more of the same story. This is the system’s response to any investigation.

    1. We can’t find it

    2. It’s probably destroyed

    3. Ooops, looks like we found it

    We went through this with the IRS where the hard drives were all but nuked from outer space. It’s harder to retrieve emails from this administration than finding all that Nazi gold.

    Mills and Huma Abedin are Hillary’s closest associates. Their role in the government was already problematic. Like Hillary Clinton’s private email server, there was always a whiff of monarchy about the whole arrangement, with Hillary Clinton retaining her private court while serving in government. These investigations challenge her privileges and expose once again her habit of preemptively covering everything up as another one of her privileges of power.

  8. Paul, She doesn’t need to look attractive, she has power. Look @ all these fat, ugly politicians who have sex scandals. If you’re a mover and shaker in DC, you get laid as often as you want.

  9. What if there was a requirement that any of her critics must also have never violated the U.S. Constitution? Would there be any critics left?

    In order to hold authority in government you must promise to uphold the U.S. Constitution, if you don’t have the integrity to uphold your loyalty oath should you judge anyone else? Many FBI agents don’t have that level of integrity.

  10. Hi Professor Turley. It looks like the flock isn’t too big on Hillary. It’s about time.

  11. State Department First Claims There Are Zero Emails Related To Scandal . . . Then Admits To Court That There Are Thousands

    It depends on the meaning of the word email is.

    1. personanongrata – doesn’t it really depend on what the meaning of Zero is?

  12. Chief/Steve/Paul, The brief encounter is gut wrenching. There is not an OUNCE of kindness or humanity in that pant suit, and there is a solid 200lbs in that pant suit.

    1. Nick – Really, you think 200? I thought she dropped some weight to look more attractive to Huma.

  13. Nick:

    Remember Lincoln: “You can fool some of the people….”

    I think that enough people are starting to see through the facade of liberal fantasies to the real Hillary.

    Hillary is no longer as “inevitable” as once thought, though who can tell at this stage.

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