Federal Judge Warns State Dept: Destroy Emails and Pay the Price

Federal Judge Warns State Dept: Destroy Emails and Pay the Price

Judge Rudolph Contreras, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. April 24, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.
Judge Rudolph Contreras, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  April 24, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.
Judge Rudolph Contreras, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. April 24, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

The Federal judge who just took over the lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch against the State Department is warning the agency against destroying evidence after seeing how the Obama caliphate operates when cornered.  U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras told State Dept lawyers:

“If documents are destroyed between now and August 17, the government will have to answer for that, and, you know, if they don’t want to do anything out of the ordinary to preserve between now and then, they can make that choice.”

The State Dept has already tried to go up against Contreras once (Vice News’ FOIA lawsuit against the State Department.)  and he kicked them where the sun doesn’t shine.  They told Judge Contreras they would hand over all of Hillary’s emails in the middle of 2016.  To their surprise, the judge ordered them to release emails every single month culminating with a full release in January of 2016.  They said that wasn’t possible right up until the judge explained the definitions of contempt of court and obstruction of justice and the penalties they involve.

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