A government watchdog organization is suing U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for allegedy attempting to "cover up" former Secretary of State and current presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private email account and server.
On May 28, Judicial Watch, a conservative nonprofit group, filed the suit in federal court as an attempt to force Kerry to crack down on Hillary Clinton's alleged failure to adhere to the Federal Records Act. According to the group, Kerry failed "to take any action to recover emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton," The Washington Examiner reports.
Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton expressed his concern over a corrupt process in the search and release of the highly sought after e-mails.
“Secretary Kerry is in cover-up mode for Hillary Clinton,” Fitton said.
The group’s suit alleges that Kerry is legally mandated to recover all of Clinton’s emails, which have included discussions on Benghazi, Libya, because he is currently in charge of the department that Clinton wrote the emails for. The complaint also claims that Kerry did not report Clinton’s private computer server.
“Defendant Kerry’s failure to notify the Archivist concerning the unlawful removal of the Clinton emails and failure to initiate action through the attorney general to recover the Clinton emails constitutes a final agency action for which there is no other adequate remedy in a court of law,” the complaint, written by Fitton, said.
Fitton added to his previous comments, blaming the Obama administration for the slow process.
“Secretary Kerry is in a position to provide the transparency and accountability his predecessor so casually dismissed. However, those in the Obama administration will do whatever they can, including ignoring the law, to protect Clinton, her ‘legacy’ and her 2016 presidential prospects,” he stated.
Judicial Watch has filed at least a dozen Freedom of Information Act requests to the U.S. State Department, specifically looking for Clinton’s emails. The Department is defending itself in 86 FOIA cases, which is more than double of what the Department received in all of 2014, according to the Washington Examiner.
On Wednesday, a judge in Washington D.C. ruled that the State Department must release Clinton's emails in batches every 30 days until January 2016, when all 55,000 pages will have been released.
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