Hillary Clinton thought she was finally out of the woods when it came to the investigation into her use of a personal email server during her time as Secretary of State. That’s why it came as bad news to her when a federal appeals court ruled that the U.S. attorney general may supervise the release of her controversial emails.
The Daily Caller reported that the ruling overturned the ruling of a lower court that found that the State Department’s review of Clinton’s emails was sufficient. The case was brought about by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, which has been trying to get their hands on Clinton’s missing emails for months.
When the FBI opened their investigation into Clinton, she handed over 55,000 emails she had housed on her own private server in her New York home. However, she failed to turn over 30,000 emails that she claimed were personal and were not related to work. Though the State Department and National Archives took steps to get the remaining emails from Clinton, they did not ask the U.S. Attorney General to intervene.
“The department has not explained why shaking the tree harder — e.g., by following the statutory mandate to seek action by the attorney general — might not bear more still,” read the court’s ruling, according to Conservative Tribune. “Absent a showing that the requested enforcement action could not shake loose a few more emails, the case is not moot.”
This means that incoming Attorney General Jeff Sessions will have the right to insert himself into the case, which could result in the investigation being reopened.
After the ruling, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton released a statement noting that President-elect Donald Trump’s Justice Department will have the power to “finally enforce the rule of law and try to retrieve all the emails Clinton and her aides unlawfully took with them when they left the State Department.”
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