“Hillary Clinton will now should reply, underneath penalty of perjury, to a federal courtroom concerning the separate e-mail server she and her aides used to keep away from accountability to the American individuals”, Fitton stated in a press release.
A federal decide is ordering the State Division to ask Hillary Clinton to verify, beneath penalty of perjury, that she has turned over sure work-related emails stored on a personal e-mail server throughout her Foggy Backside tenure.
But the organization later moved to reopen the case after it was revealed that Clinton, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, used a private email account and separate server located in her New York home for government business.
In February 2014, the State Department assured Judicial Watch that it had searched the Office of the Executive Secretary, which would have included the offices of the Secretary of State and top staff. Relying upon the State Department’s misrepresentation that the agency conducted a reasonable search, Judicial Watch agreed to dismiss its lawsuit on March 14, 2014.
Grassley has been questioning Abedin’s “special government employee” status, which allowed her to take a job at the Clinton Foundation and Teneo, a firm led by former aide for Bill Clinton, Douglas Band.
The letters also sought the status of an investigation into whether Abedin violated conflict-of-interest laws related to her work for the State Department, the Clinton Foundation and another private firm founded by a Clinton ally, according to The Post. If all such information has not yet been produced, the Government shall request the above named individuals produce the information forthwith; and (3) request that the above named individuals describe, under penalty of perjury, the extent to which Ms. Abedin and Ms. Mills used Mrs. Clinton’s email server to conduct official government business. However, they wrote that the evidence uncovered by the inspector general made it clear that she had worked extensively during those times.
Clinton’s presidential marketing campaign didn’t reply to a request for remark.
Doug Welty, a spokesman for the Office of Inspector General at the State Department, said he couldn’t comment on the existence of a probe into Abedin.
It appeared the judge did not directly order Clinton, Mills or Abedin to make the certifications because they are not officially parties to the lawsuit, which names the State Department as the sole defendant.
Her lawyers told the government there was no effort at the time to calculate the amount of time she worked during those periods.
“Huma Abedin is widely known as one of the hardest-working people in all of Washington during the almost two decades she was in public service”, said Abedin’s attorney Karen Dunn.
Grassley’s letter to Kerry alleges that Abedin had exchanged at least 7,300 emails that “involved” Band, but didn’t expand on how many of those were between Abedin and Band.
“Yet the committee has received allegations… that she claimed to be, and in fact was, on leave on numerous occasions”, Grassley wrote. “But every piece of this letter has issues with accuracy and we have no reason to believe this is an exception”.