Too bad it won’t really matter…
Hillary Clinton violated federal policy by storing her work emails on a private server during her tenure as secretary of state, a federal judge said Thursday.
U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan said Clinton’s use of a private server had made it more difficult for the State Department to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, Politico reported.
“We wouldn’t be here today if this employee had followed government policy,” Sullivan said during the Thursday hearing, in an apparent allusion to Clinton.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a press release that he “couldn’t agree more” with the judge’s statement, adding that “Today’s court hearing highlights the blatant disregard for federal records laws.”
Justice Department lawyer Peter Wechsler argued that FOIA does not typically allow for searches of the private accounts of government officials. At that point, the judge responded that the Clinton case was an unusual situation because “there was a violation of government policy.”
Clinton, the Democratic Party’s front-runner for president, has repeatedly said her actions were allowed by law whenever she has been questioned about the private server kept under her control.
“We’re not talking about a search of anyone’s random email,” Sullivan told the State Department lawyer on Thursday. Clinton used the private server to conduct official State Department business, saying it was too difficult for her to try to use two devices — one for private communications and one for government purposes.