‘Major ruling’: Federal judge orders State Dept. to search Hillary aides’ emails for all things Benghazi

The State Department has been ordered by a federal judge to search the government email accounts of several Hillary Clinton aides.

Judge Amit Mehta, appointed by former President Obama, ordered a search of accounts belonging to Clinton’s top aides at the State Department, Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills and Jake Sullivan, The Daily Caller reported. The order from the Washington D.C. District Court Judge was in response to a Judicial Watch lawsuit.

“This matter is a far cry from a typical FOIA case. Secretary Clinton used a private email server, located in her home, to transmit and receive work-related communications during her tenure as secretary of state,” Mehta said.

“[State] has not, however, searched the one records system over which it has always had control and that is almost certain to contain some responsive records: the state.gov email server,” she continued, adding that the State Department “has offered no assurance” that the records it has received so far from the former Secretary of State  and her aides “constitute the entirely of Secretary Clinton’s emails during the time period relevant to Plaintiff’s FOIA request.”

The agency did not do enough, in Mehta’s opinion, to search for all emails on its computer systems related to the 2012 Benghazi attacks that left four Americans dead.

“This major court ruling may finally result in more answers about the Benghazi scandal — and Hillary Clinton’s involvement in it — as we approach the attack’s fifth anniversary,” Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said in a statement.

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“It is remarkable that we had to battle both the Obama and Trump administrations to break through the State Department’s Benghazi stonewall,” Fitton added. “Why are Secretary Tillerson and Attorney General Sessions wasting taxpayer dollars protecting Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration?”

The ruling in favor of the Judicial Watch suit was celebrated by Twitter users as well as the conservative watchdog group.

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