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Clinton Emails With Classified Information Released

| by Jordan Smith

A conservative watchdog has released a further 29 emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton it obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Judicial Watch made the request in March 2015.

In the lawsuit, the group called for the release of  "all emails of official State Department business received or sent by [Clinton's] former Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin from Jan. 1, 2009 through Feb. 1, 2013 using a non-'state.gov' email address," reports The Washington Free Beacon.

The State Department failed to respond to the request and was subsequently ordered to do so by a federal court.

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One email released is from February 2010, when Clinton and Abedin received classified information about former Guantanamo Bay detainee Binyam Mohamed. Another message from April 2010, between Clinton and confidante Sidney Blumenthal, contained information that is now classified about a change of government in Kyrgyzstan.

The Judicial Watch release also revealed tensions between Clinton's State Department Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills and Abedin.

"I don't want to get cross wires with cdm [Cheryl Mills] on anything Haiti-related," Abedin wrote to Doug Band, a former top adviser to President Bill Clinton. "HAVE YOU MET CHERYL MILLS?  you have no idea."

Judicial Watch urged action to be taken following the release of the emails.

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"These emails are yet more evidence of Hillary Clinton's casual and repeated violations of laws related to the handling of classified information," Tom Fitton said. "The Justice Department should finally begin an independent investigation into the Clinton email matter."

Clinton's handling of classified information and her use of a private email server were major issues in the 2016 election campaign. The State Department released 55,000 pages of emails and the FBI conducted an investigation into the matter. It declined to recommend Clinton be prosecuted.

Although President Donald Trump made much of Clinton's emails at campaign rallies, his administration went to court to prevent the release of the emails now published by Judicial Watch.

"It is moot," Justice Department lawyer Carol Federighi said, The Washington Post reported March 13. "Our principal argument is going to be mootness based on all the developments that have happened since the case was filed."

Judge James Boasberg, who presided at an earlier hearing, agreed with Federighi, stating, "I thought it was clearly moot."

However, the emails were eventually released.

Fitton was unhappy with the new administration's stance.

"It's incredible," he said. "They're taking the same position as the Obama administration on Clinton."

James Peterson, arguing in court for Judicial Watch, stated it was "a surprise to us that the new administration continues the position that they don't need to do anything else" regarding Clinton's emails.

Sources: The Washington Free Beacon, The Washington Post / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons

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