A federal judge has ordered the State Department to once again search for emails that Hillary Clinton might have sent her aides about an assault on the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi on September 11, 2012—an attack that killed four Americans, including the US ambassador to Libya.
After a lawsuit filed by an archly conservative, overtly anti-Clinton group, Judicial Watch, US District Court Judge Amit Mehta—an Obama appointee—ruled that the State Department had not searched the State Department’s own server for any other salient emails, according to Politico.
In December 2014, the State Department searched the roughly 30,000 emails Clinton turned over to the agency she led for four years, after officials searching for Benghazi-related records realized she had occasionally used a personal email account while she held the post. The State Dept. later searched tens of thousands of emails handed over to the agency by three former top aides, as well as a collection of emails the FBI assembled when it was investigating Clinton’s use of the private account and server.
In all, State found 348 Benghazi-related messages or documents that were sent to or from Clinton in a period of nearly five months after the attack. Now the State Department has been ordered to look for any emails that Clinton may have sent to or received from top aides Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills, or Jake Sullivan at their State.gov email addresses.
According to CNN, Clinton has cited the controversy, particularly former FBI Director James Comey’s decision in late October to tell Congress the bureau was looking at emails thought to be potentially related to the investigation into her use of the server, as a key reason for why she lost.
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