Just when you thought it was safe to read the news and not find stories about Hillary Clinton’s email scandal, more news is surfacing.
The Daily Caller reported that “a federal court ruled Tuesday the U.S. attorney general can still get involved in supervising the release of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails, offering President-elect Trump an opportunity to intervene in the controversial case.”
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia reversed a lower court decision that that the review of Clinton’s emails by the State Department was sufficient.
The decision means that the incoming attorney general could investigate emails that were sent and received via Clinton’s private server. The Daily Caller notes that only “about half of the 55,000 pages of emails from the server were voluntarily handed over to the State Department by Clinton’s lawyers.”
Secretary of State John Kerry did not refer the case to the attorney general. But the appeals court determined that the Federal Records Act “requires the agency head and Archivist to take enforcement action through the Attorney General if those (search) efforts are unsuccessful.”
The State Department asked only that Clinton and the FBI turn over relevant emails. The appeals court ruled that these actions were insufficient to produce the material requested as part of a civil lawsuit in the case of Judicial Watch vs. Kerry.
President-elect Trump has nominated Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., to serve as his attorney general. Senate Democrats have “indicated they will put up a stiff fight to defeat the nomination.” President-elect Trump previously indicated that “prosecuting Clinton over the email scandal was not a priority, but he did not rule out legal measures recommended by his Justice Department.”
Source: The Daily Caller