In response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed in January by Vice News, U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras has ordered the monthly release of Hillary Clinton’s e-mails from her tenure at the Department of State. In his ruling, Contreras rejected the State Department’s proposal to distribute Clinton’s e-mails wholesale next January and directed the State Department to furnish monthly batches of the e-mails until the end of January 2016.
Clinton, who was recently revealed to have used a private e-mail account during her term at State, tweeted on 4 March: “I want the public to see my email. I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible.”
To date, Clinton has relinquished 55,000 pages of e-mails to the State Department and, last week, the State Department posted 850 e-mails affiliated with the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya.
State probably deserves some time to inspect what could be sensitive information.
For the plaintiff, Vice News, this is a minor victory: You netted a release of e-mails, many of which are likely to reveal the existence of a cowed bureaucrat trapped in the basement of Foggy Bottom and mired in mundane routines. Those who anxiously await a startling revelation are likely to be greeted with correspondence imbued with anodyne remarks, scheduling conflicts or Hillary venting her spleen at her shortage of ability to sell a policy in which she believes.
For Hillary, this is good for giggle: She and her legion of adoring fans will snicker at the cavalry charge which delivers aggrieved commentary when nothing of substance materializes.
For those who will not let this matter pass, you are fighting a losing battle: Hillary wiped her own server clean.
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