A Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed against the State Department regarding Clinton’s attendance of security training when she was secretary of state might shed some light on the matter. The lawsuit, filed by THe Daily Caller News Foundation, asked for any documents proving Clinton and her aides attended such meetings.
U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Leon expressed to Department of Justice Attorney Jason Lee the urgency of the matter.
“We’re looking down the barrel of a presidential election from now in two months,” Leon said, according to The Daily Caller.
The intent of the lawsuit is to “Get to the bottom of this, to what extent Secretary Clinton and probably her immediate staff received training. They’re trying to figure out was the training in writing or orally, (and) how was it done,” the judge added.
Then he clarified that Clinton and her top aide, Huma Abedin, could produce the documents or they could be deposed.
The lawsuit was filed in July after the State Department refused to hand over all records pertaining to the security training Clinton and her top aides received.
It remains unknown whether Clinton just refused to attend the briefings.
The lack of training might explain why Clinton didn’t see any problem with using a private server in her home to manager her private email account.
If the documents aren’t produced by Sept. 15, Leon said he would order depositions of State Department officials.
“Judge Leon made it clear that State can provide the simple clarifications we’ve sought one of two ways: either now, in a cooperative manner, or in a few weeks in sworn depositions,” attorney Bradley Moss said. “The choice is theirs to make.”
This is great news as it might explain some of Clinton’s actions. Either she skipped on security briefings because she thought she didn’t ave to learn what everyone had to learn or she didn’t attend them because she thought she didn’t have to play by the same rules as everyone else.
Either way, it looks bad for her and her team, which seems to be the standard these days.