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The Justice Department said in a court filing this week that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was allowed to delete personal emails from her personal server.
The Justice filing was in a lawsuit brought by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch.
"There is no question that former Secretary Clinton had authority to delete personal emails without agency supervision — she appropriately could have done so even if she were working on a government server," the Justice Department's civil division attorneys wrote.
Clinton, who is leading in national polls as she seeks the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, has been dogged by questions about her use of a private email account for government business.
Judicial Watch had requested a court order from the judge to ensure Clinton's emails were being preserved, but the Justice Department said there was no need for such an order given that Clinton had the right to delete personal emails and that those messages aren't subject to the public records law.
"Government agencies are not required to take steps to recover deleted material based on unfounded speculation that responsive information had been deleted," the government said in its brief. Justice also said Judicial Watch didn't present any evidence Clinton had mistakenly or intentionally deleted government records instead of personal emails.
The Justice Department brief said, "there is no legal basis in the (Freedom of Information Act) for requesters to obtain employees' personal records and, therefore, there is no legal basis for the court to order the State Department to preserve, or to take steps to preserve, the personal records of the former secretary or any other current or former federal employee," according to the Justice Department brief.
its like shes made of greased teflon.
untouchable this woman.
the government said in its brief. Justice also said Judicial Watch didn't present any evidence Clinton had mistakenly or intentionally deleted government records instead of personal emails.
Furhter evidence they are clearing the trouble out of the way of giving her the presidency.
oh whatever happened to Lois Lerner? right, she got a $125k bonus and a pat on the head.