Late on Monday Hillary Clinton and her two top aides responded to a deadline issued by the U.S. District Court of Appeals to turn over all documents related to official government business. All three failed to meet the deadline last Friday. Today, however, Clinton responded to the court order but still failed to comply.
Federal district court judge Emmet Sullivan of the U.S. District Court of Appeals for D.C. had set the deadline of Aug. 7, 2015 for Hillary Clinton and her two top aides, Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills, to turn over all official government documents that were kept on Hillary’s private email server at her residence. But the deadline came and went with no word from Clinton.
Late last evening, however, the State Dept. submitted to the court a declaration from Clinton indicating that she made a sworn statement on Aug. 8, 2015 indicating that she requested the State Dept. turn over all of its archived documents. This includes scores if not hundreds of emails. Further, Clinton claims that this made available to the State Dept. over 55,000 emails. Cheryl Mills, Clinton claims, did not have an account on the Clinton private email server, but Huma Abedin did keep an account on the Clinton server, and she often used it to conduct official government business.
Thus, Clinton did indeed provide a response to the court, but it was not the response the federal judge was looking for. In her response to Judge Sullivan, Hillary fails to certify that she turned over all the federal records and leaves many unanswered questions concerning the extent to which aides Mills and Abedin were involved. But late last Friday an urgent order came down instructing Mills and Abedin to destroy all of the records sought by the court.
The urgent directive, which stated that Mills and Abedin were to destroy all of the records by Monday, prompted Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch to contact Judge Sullivan, informing him of the plan to destroy crucial records. Sullivan then fired off an emergency court order that barred Clinton, Abedin, and Mills from destroying records. The order further directed the State Dept. to make sure that nothing would be destroyed or erased by Clinton and her two aides. The Judge also ordered that the State Dept. inform him by Aug. 12, 2015 that all of the central parties involved complied with his order to refrain from deleting official documents. Copies of assurances by Clinton, Abedin, and Mills that they did not engage in destroying any documents are to be submitted to the court on Aug.12, in addition to verbal assurances as contained in sworn statements.