Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and President Obama are likely panicking after a federal judge ordered the administration to hand over a selection of Clinton’s email exchanges with a federal agency to the Republican National Committee.
According to reports from The Hill, the ruling came from Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the D.C. Circuit Court, and was issued in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the RNC. The organization sought communications between the U.S. Agency for International Development and those affiliated with the Clinton Family Foundation.
Jackson was nominated to her current position by President Barack Obama, and reports at the beginning of the year claimed she was under review for a possible Supreme Court nomination. This is clearly not a biased response.
The open records lawsuit specifically sough communications between USAID and Clinton’s top staffers during her tenure at the State Department. It also seeks correspondence among specific individuals tied to the Clinton foundation. The request followed allegations that the foundation exerted undue influence on the federal agency, whose sole purpose is to disperse U.S. taxpayer funds for “international development.”
The order gives the agency until July 11 to release communications, along with an order to set a schedule for the release of ALL communications after that date.
There is no doubt that this will hurt Clinton. Her involvement will be made public just a few weeks before the Democrat National Convention kicks off in Philadelphia.