Federal judge ruled on Tuesday that the State Department did NOT do a thorough job looking for emails Clinton sent about the attack on the Benghazi. And that is not all.
The judge ordered the State Department to try to find those emails again.
The search for Clinton’s emails was not complete and it did not include a search within the State Department’s own systems.
The State Department found 348 emails connected to Benghazi. U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta said:
“To date, State has searched only data compilations originating from outside sources — Secretary Clinton, her former aides, and the FBI. … It 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 e-mail server.”
“If Secretary Clinton sent an e-mail about Benghazi to Abedin, Mills, or Sullivan at his or her state.gov e-mail address, or if one of them sent an e-mail to Secretary Clinton using his or her state.gov account, then State’s server presumably would have captured and stored such an e-mail. Therefore, State has an obligation to search its own server for responsive records.”
State officials have said emails were not routinely archived during Clinton’s time as Secretary of State, so it may still be difficult for investigators to find those emails.