US judge orders Hillary Clinton email handling evidence to be made public
- Move came after conservative watchdog Judicial Watch sued for emails related to the attack on the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya
A federal judge ordered the US State Department to disclose possible evidence whether Hillary Clinton used her private email while she was secretary of State to intentionally flout public information requests for government documents.
US District Judge Royce Lamberth in Washington on Thursday directed the State Department to create a plan to provide relevant records to Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group that sued for emails related to the attack on the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi.
The ruling may lead to new revelations about Clinton’s use of her private email as well as the State Department’s handling of requests filed under the Freedom of Information Act. The judge said the disclosure of documents, and possibly interviews of officials to explain the records, is needed to rule out “egregious government misconduct”.