The Benghazi hearings are over and the Teflon candidate, Hillary Clinton skated.
Closing the case did not bring closure to the families, however, and now that Hillary’s deleted emails are back on the table, a new examination of Benghazi and her involvement may be in order.
The Washington Examiner reports:
State Department attorneys said Tuesday the agency had discovered 30 Benghazi-related emails among the records recovered from Hillary Clinton’s private server.
A judge asked the agency to hasten its review of the documents in preparation for release to Judicial Watch, the conservative-leaning group that filed the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
The emails were a part of a 15,000 count email batch the FBI were able to pull from Clinton’s server over a year’s time.
Still more of those emails were unrecoverable, due to Clinton’s use of a digital tool called BleachBit. Rep. Trey Gowdy revealed that bit of information last week, saying “Not even God” could recover those emails, now.
Gowdy also pointed out that BleachBit isn’t something you use on emails discussing wedding plans and Yoga. That’s something you use when you absolutely do not want information recovered in things like, FBI probes.
Agency lawyers said during the hearing Tuesday before Judge Amit Mehta of U.S. District Court that they had not yet determined how many of the Benghazi-related emails had already been disclosed in the batch of 55,000 pages of emails Clinton turned over in late 2014.
Judicial Watch attorneys had asked the State Department to examine the deleted records in order to determine whether any fell under to its FOIA request for emails that mentioned Benghazi.
The State Department is now playing run and block, asking for 30 days to “review” the emails before releasing them to Judicial Watch.
The request for those emails is only one of several lawsuits brought by Judicial Watch.
In a separate case, the group sent Clinton 25 written questions about her decision to set up a private email network. Her responses, which she must submit within 30 days, will be considered sworn testimony by the court.
It is unclear how many emails were deleted beyond recovery by Clinton’s team when they applied BleachBit to her server system. She claimed during a press conference in March 2015 that she “chose not to keep” roughly 30,000 emails she had deemed personal in nature.
Unless she is pathologically paranoid, there’s no reason for her to employ BleachBit to emails that are simply “personal.” Judicial Watch isn’t looking for emails about her love life or her Christmas list for the grandkids.
Those emails were deleted and wiped for some very specific reason.
FBI Director James Comey has already testified that they’ve thousands of documents that deal with her job, so the question now is how she determines which ones stay and which ones had to go?