A conservative group has filed a racketeering lawsuit in the US District Court for Southern Florida against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, which accuses her of failing to produce documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
According to The Hill, the civil suit, filed Wednesday by Freedom Watch, states that Clinton used her private emails to sell access to other officials in return for donations to the Clinton Foundation.
It alleges that, during her tenure, Clinton withheld documents requested under FOIA regarding State Department waivers given to businesses or individuals doing business with Iran, possibly undermining U.S.-imposed sanctions.
The complaint, which lists Bill and Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation as defendants, alleges the Clintons sold access to other U.S. government officials in return for donations to their organization, which they concealed, allegedly, by using a private computer server for her emails operated from their home in Chappaqua, New York.
Larry Klayman, the founder of Freedom Watch, launched dozens of lawsuits against former President Bill Clinton’s administration.
In the new lawsuit, he alleges that, during Hillary Clinton’s tenure, the State Department “clearly leaked” information to New York Times reporter David Sanger on U.S. and Israeli efforts to counteract Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
“Public reports about plans to counter Iran’s nuclear weapons development programs undermined the effectiveness of those plans by revealing them to Iran and other terrorist organizations and states,” the complaint states.
The civil suit alleges the Clintons “systematically and continuously … conducted a corrupt enterprise” over more than 10 years, allegedly in violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act, which deals with abuse and misuse of organizations or businesses.
In a statement, Klayman cast his lawsuit as “the first and only hard-hitting case to address the growing email scandal.”
“What Hillary Clinton, her husband, and their foundation have done is nothing new. It is simply part of a criminal enterprise which dates back at least 10 years, all designed to enrich themselves personally at the expense of the American people and our nation. It’s time, however, that they finally be held legally accountable.”
Clinton acknowledged the private server earlier this month, explaining that she deleted more than 30,000 emails her aides deemed personal, and turned over the rest to the State Department for archiving. She never set up an official government email as Secretary of State. Her aides also used the private email system.
The private email server was discovered by the House Select Benghazi Committee, which is investigating the deadly 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya. The committee has asked Clinton to turn over her server to an independent arbiter. In addition, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has also demanded Clinton turn over the server but has so far not directed House Republicans to subpoena her records.
(hat-tip to Kathy)
No subpoena? Say it ain’t so!
More than likely those original server hard drives have hit the incinerator months ago when the committee first learned about her private system. The time to seize those servers would have been then not now but Boehner couldn’t have the narrative changed in the run-up to the midterm elections could he? I submit that he could easily have done so since the electorate gave the R’s a resounding victory.
Americans respect leadership. It’s past time Speaker Boehner showed some.
Regarding the lawsuit, kudos to folks at Freedom Watch. I hope they dent Hildabeast’s image a bit more… and their bank accounts.