On Thursday, a federal judge directed the FBI to publish more details about how it handled its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s secret email server.
U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg said that grand jury warrants the FBI obtained to compel information from Hillary Clinton’s internet service providers can be made public.
The judge also overruled complaints by Trump’s administration that had insisted making the information public would violate grand jury secrecy rules.
“After reviewing the document in camera, the court concludes that it largely rehashes information already made public, thus obviating any need for secrecy,” the judge said.
Judicial Watch and Cause of Action Institute praised the judge’s ruling.
“This order makes public details submitted by the government about the FBI’s efforts to recover then-Secretary Clinton’s unlawfully removed emails. Americans deserve to know the full scope of that investigation,” said COA President John J. Vecchione.
The president of Judicial Watch, Tom Fitton, said in a statement, “President Trump ought to be outraged his appointees are protecting Hillary Clinton. The State Department should initiate action with the Justice Department — and both agencies should finally take the necessary steps to recover all the government emails Hillary Clinton unlawfully removed.”
The case originates from questions about Clinton’s private server and the trove of emails she belatedly handed over.
Hillary claimed that she included all of her work-related emails in what she returned to the department, then erased all the data from the server. The server was at her home in New York.
The agency also rejected an open-records request from a New York lawyer seeking the FBI’s file on the Clinton investigation.
The FBI said the public wasn’t interested enough in the case to outweigh Clinton’s privacy interests.