We’ve all watched in frustration at the agonizing — and politically calculated — slowness with which key emails from both then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former IRS commissioner Lois Lerner.
Now, it appears the passive-aggressively slow release of this information is even testing the patience of the judges overseeing the process in both cases.
As The Blaze tells us:
A federal judge unloaded on State Department officials Thursday night, saying he was perplexed as to why it was taking so long for the agency to release Hillary Clinton emails in compliance with Freedom of Information Act requests, Politico reported.
U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon, who scolded officials just last week, conveyed concerns that the federal agency was taking its time producing records to protect the Democratic frontrunner.“Now, any person should be able to review that in one day — one day,” the judge said, referencing one request for approximately 60 emails, Politico reported. “Even the least ambitious bureaucrat could do this!” YEAH! How many of us have uttered the exact same sentiment?
According to Politico, the State Department also revealed that it is still awaiting work-related emails from some of Clinton’s former top aides. Her former spokesman Phillipe Reines, just turned over 20 boxes of emails on Tuesday night.
The court hearing was part of an ongoing lawsuit filed by the Associated Press over records requested years ago which have been ignored.
“State has been criticized for how slow it is … surely you know this,” Leon said, Politico reported.
The State Department is expected to release more of Clinton’s emails on Friday.
Meanwhile, in another Washington, D.C. courtroom, a judge threatened to hold the involved parties in contempt for their foot-dragging to comply with the orders to produce emails and other required documents.
As Judicial Watch reports:
During the a status hearing today, Sullivan warned that the failure to follow his order was serious and the IRS and Justice Department’s excuses for not following his July 1 order were “indefensible, ridiculous, and absurd.” He asked the IRS’ Justice Department lawyer Geoffrey Klimas, “Why didn’t the IRS comply” with his court order and “why shouldn’t the Court hold the Commissioner of the IRS in contempt.” Judge Sullivan referenced his contempt findings against Justice Department prosecutors in the prosecution of late Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) and reminded the Justice Department attorney he had the ability to detain him for contempt. Warning he would tolerate no further disregard of his orders, Judge Sullivan said, “I will haul into court the IRS Commissioner to hold him personally in contempt.”
Whoa, “indefensible, ridiculous, and absurd”! Can’t argue with that.
Do these two concurrent episodes suggest that the tide may be turning in favor of releasing the truth to the American people? As we’re now just over 15 months away from deciding who will take on the presidency in 2016, the clock is fast ticking, so let’s hope these judges keep the fire under these politically-motivated stonewallers!