A federal judge issued a stern warning to the State Department in a recent hearing on Hillary Clinton’s emails for a lawsuit brought by the government watchdog group Judicial Watch.
“If documents are destroyed between now and August 17, the government will have to answer for that, and, you know, if they don’t want to do anything out of the ordinary to preserve between now and then, they can make that choice,” U.S. District Court judge Rudolph Contreras said in a July 9 hearing.
Contreras was getting up to speed on Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the State Department for records showing how it vetted projects involving Clinton’s family charity, the Clinton Foundation.
Judicial Watch has demanded emails sent between Clinton’s top State Department aides. Those aides used Clinton’s private email server, hosted on the domain clintonemail.com. They were also heavily involved in Clinton’s non-government projects. While two of the aides have reportedly turned over their emails, one has not.
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