Thanks to Tom Fitton and his team at the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, we now know that Tillerson’s State Department is sitting on 76,000 Clinton documents and trying to stall the final release until the year 2020.
We also learned that 40,000 of those documents have yet to even be processed. The Judge responded by ordering the State Department to explain the delay.
The revelation came last week during a federal court hearing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit originally filed by Judicial Watch back in May 2015 (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:15-cv-00687).
Judicial Watch is seeking the emails that were sent or received during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State from February 2009 to January 31, 2013. The case is before Judge Boasberg and the hearing focused on the State Department’s progress on processing the tens of thousands of emails that Clinton failed to disclose.
The FBI recovered the cache of documents the State Department is processing as part of an investigation into Clinton’s deletion of some 33,000 emails stored on a private server. The State Department previously argued they should not be required to produce the emails due to diminished public interest.
“Secretary Tillerson should be asked why his State Department is still sitting on a motherload of Clinton emails,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. Mr. Fitton goes on to say, “It is disheartening that an administration elected to ‘drain the swamp’ is stalling the release of documents to protect Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration.”
You can read the full press release here: Judicial Watch Press Release Oct. 23, 2017