A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the U.S. attorney general may supervise the release of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails.
According to The Daily Caller, the ruling made in favor of Judicial Watch and against the State Department was in reality an overturning of a previous decision made by a lower court. That ruling stated that the State Department’s review of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails was sufficient. The new ruling said otherwise.
“The department has not explained why shaking the tree harder — e.g., by following the statutory mandate to seek action by the attorney general — might not bear more still,” read the court’s ruling. “Absent a showing that the requested enforcement action could not shake loose a few more emails, the case is not moot.”
This bombshell decision meant that incoming Attorney General Jeff Sessions would have the right to involve himself in the case, potentially re-opening the investigation if he deems it necessary.
In a statement published after the ruling, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton expounded on it, noting that President-elect Donald Trump’s Justice Department will have the power to “finally enforce the rule of law and try to retrieve all the emails Clinton and her aides unlawfully took with them when they left the State Department.”
Judicial Watch, which was responsible for filing the original suit, had just handed both Trump and Sessions a blessing like no other — one with the power to help them meet the president-elect’s campaign promise to “lock her up.”
Whether or not the duo would actually reopen the investigation into Clinton, however, remained unclear. Trump has reportedly stated that prosecuting Clinton was not a priority, though he has not ruled out potential legal measures against her.
The two had been friends prior to the election, which possibly explained his hesitation. Nevertheless, justice has no friends save one: the pursuit of truth, integrity and law.
Both Trump and Sessions should keep this mind before deciding on how to proceed.
H/T BizPac Review
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