U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg, an Obama appointee, put an end to the hunt for missing emails sent by Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state. He ruled that the government has done everything it possibly can to find said emails, many of which may have contained classified materials.
Conservative groups Judicial Watch and Cause of Action sued in 2015, arguing Mrs. Clinton violated open-records laws by not keeping those messages. They demanded the government recover thousands of these lost emails that Clinton did not return to the State Department.
The judge said there were no more emails to be found, stating:
“’Those efforts went well beyond the mine-run search for missing federal records … and were largely successful, save for some emails sent during a two-month stretch. Even then, the FBI pursued every imaginable avenue to recover the missing emails,’ wrote Judge Boasberg, an Obama appointee to the court.
“Originally, the case had been dismissed as moot, but last year the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia reversed that finding, ordering the government to ‘shake loose a few more emails.’
“’The Court of Appeals may have asked the Government to ‘shak[e] the tree harder’ for more emails, but it never suggested that the FBI must shake every tree in every forest, without knowing whether they are fruit trees,’ he wrote.
“The judge said the FBI had already uncovered 55,000 pages of emails when it was ordered to do more. The agency interviewed people that most frequently exchanged work related emails with Mrs. Clinton, contacted her four service providers, and reviewed two phones and three iPads, which yielded little records.”
Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch indicated that President Trump is going to be livid about this ruling, and rightfully so, “I think the president, once he learns about this, is going to blow his top and he ought to,” Fitton said.
But this ruling does not mean there are not more emails out there to be recovered:
“John Vecchione, president of Cause of Action, said this does not prove that all of Mrs. Clinton’s ‘unlawfully removed email records’ were recovered.
“’Unfortunately, the court concluded that efforts by the FBI in its investigation of Secretary Clinton’s handling of classified material, which resulted in the recovery of numerous emails that Clinton had not previously turned over, left nothing further for the attorney general to do,’ he said.”
So the battle will continue.