Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills put on the spot by 'blockbuster' court order
Judge Emmett Sullivan, who is hearing the FOIA lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch, has put Hillary Clinton’s top aides Human Abedin and Cheryl Mills (and their boss Hillary) on the spot, in a ruling JW president Tom Fitton describes as a “blockbuster.” Judicial Watch summarizes (the text of the order appears below):
Judicial Watch announced today that U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan ordered the U.S. State Department to request that Hillary Clinton and her top aides confirm, under penalty of perjury, that they have produced all government records in their possession, return any other government records immediately, and describe their use of Hillary Clinton’s email server to conduct government business.
This puts Hillary’s two key factotums (factota?) under serious jeopardy if Hillary Clinton emailed them anything to do with State Department business that has not already been turned over in the 30,000 emails that escaped deletion from her server. Any material, for instance, relating to donations to the Clinton Foundation or speaking fees for Bill that might have been deleted by Hillary as “personal” would be covered, since both Abedin and Mills drew State Department paychecks. Correspondence between them and Hillary would be considered government records, even if yoga positions or Chelsea’s wedding were the subject.
The perjury issue is serious. Judge Sullivan shows signs of increasing irritation, and the possibility that he will order the seizure of Hillary’s server is growing. At that point, Huma and Cheryl have to wonder how good the FBI’s data recovery team is. Should they be able to recover deleted emails (as many people believe possible) and the two assistants have not disclosed emails, they could face time in the federal pen.
So, assuming Hillary deleted those emails for a good reason, they now face the choice between ratting out the boss or facing orange is the new black for a period of time. Huma is the mother of a small child, and that prospect cannot be welcome.
Here is the text of Judge Sullivan’s order:
As agreed by the parties at the July 31, 2015 status hearing, the Government shall produce a copy of the letters sent by the State Department to Mrs. Hillary Clinton, Ms. Huma Abedin and Ms. Cheryl Mills regarding the collection of government records in their possession. These communications shall be posted on the docket forthwith. The Government has also agreed to share with Plaintiff’s counsel the responses sent by Mrs. Clinton, Ms. Abedin and Ms. Mills. These communications shall also be posted on the docket forthwith. In addition, as related to Judicial Watch’s FOIA requests in this case, the Government is HEREBY ORDERED to: (1) identify any and all servers, accounts, hard drives, or other devices currently in the possession or control of the State Department or otherwise that may contain responsive information; (2) request that the above named individuals confirm, under penalty of perjury, that they have produced all responsive information that was or is in their possession as a result of their employment at the State Department. If all such information has not yet been produced, the Government shall request the above named individuals produce the information forthwith; and (3) request that the above named individuals describe, under penalty of perjury, the extent to which Ms. Abedin and Ms. Mills used Mrs. Clinton’s email server to conduct official government business. The Government shall inform the Court of the status of its compliance with this Order no later than August 7, 2015, including any response received from Mrs. Clinton, Ms. Abedin and Ms. Mills. Signed by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on July 31, 2015.