A federal judge may soon demand Hillary Clinton and her attorney answer questions about the existence of backup copies of the thousands of personal emails she has claimed are nobody’s business but her own.
At issue are the 31,000 emails that were wiped from Clinton’s personal server – emails that the former secretary of state claimed were personal and private. The missing emails have sparked considerable interest among watchdogs and politicians alike, particularly when Fox News journalist Ed Henry questioned Clinton about their disappearance and she ultimately feigned innocence about the meaning of the word “wipe,” saying she didn’t understand how the technology worked, as WND reported. A former Clinton spokesman, Brian Fallon, who served as her press secretary at the State Department, adopted the same mantra in a recent interview on CNN, telling host Brianna Keilar: “I don’t know what ‘wiped’ means,” WND also reported.
Thanks to an order from Judge Reggie Walton of the U.S. District Court for the D.C. Circuit, those wiped emails could now come back to bite Clinton.
The Hill reported Walton has shown interest in ordering the State Department to question Clinton and her attorney about the existence of backup copies of these 31,000 deleted emails. The order could come before the end of next week.
Specifically, Walton said he was mulling a request from the nonprofit watchdog Judicial Watch, which has filed several Freedom of Information Act requests to obtain access to Clinton emails from her time as secretary of state.
“I’ll entertain whatever you submit,” Walton said, the Hill reported. “Before the end of the week, I’ll issue an order, I think, as appropriate.”
The Hill reported the order would likely be in line with another one from a judge a couple weeks ago that required the State Department to work with the FBI and determine what, if any, documents from the email scandal ought to be turned over for judicial review.
Judicial Watch’s Chris Fedeli, an attorney with the group, said bluntly: “I believe that a copy exists. All they have to do is ask the former secretary, the former secretary’s lawyer.”
An attorney for the government, however, characterized Fedeli’s statement as “wild speculation.”