The Justice Department is affirming that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton had the right to delete personal emails from her private server. Government lawyers made the assertion in a court filing this week in a public records lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, an advocacy group. The legal filing says “there is no question” that Clinton could have deleted personal emails without agency supervision and could have done so even if she’d been using a government server.
Some additional coverage at Buzzfeed turns up this nugget. (Emphasis added)
The back-and-forth over the preservation order, as part of a narrow FOIA case, does not address the classification issues that still command sustained political coverage about Clinton.
But in terms of the email submission itself, the lawyers argue that,without reason to believe that Clinton was not honest and forthcoming in selecting and turning over her federal records, no government agency would be required to “recover deleted material based on unfounded speculation that responsive information had been deleted.” Such was the case with Clinton, the lawyers say.
HOT AIR AGAIN:
That’s a fairly amazing argument summed up in only a few words. On the one hand they offer a nod to the fact that Clinton repeatedly lied about sending and receiving classified data on this account.
(Classified? Why would you think that satellite photos of North Korean nuclear installations were classified?)
But in the very next breath they argue that retention of all of the emails to sort out what was or wasn’t of value was not required because there was no reason to believe that Clinton was not honest and forthcoming.
The mind doth boggle.
BY EXPLICITLY STATING THAT THERE IS NO REASON TO DOUBT HILLARY'S HONESTY ON THIS ISSUE, THE DOJ IS COVERING UP FOR HILLARY.
IT IS THEREFORE TIME FOR A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR.