Circuit Judge Paul F. Harris Jr. has ordered an investigation via the state bar into the three lawyers being accused of deleting THOUSANDS of Hillary Clinton’s emails, citing “allegations of destroying evidence.”
Bars in Arkansas and the District of Columbia, as well as federal courts, brushed aside requests from Mr. Clevenger, who is seeking to have Mrs. Clinton and her attorneys suspended or disbarred.
But Judge Harris said Mr. Clevenger’s request appears to have merit and that Maryland will have to at least launch an investigation and demand a response from the lawyers, Mr. Clevenger said.
Mr. Clevenger said he won another victory in recent days when the Justice Department agreed that his case met the threshold of intense public interest.
The FBI had denied an open-records request into its investigation on grounds that there was not sufficient public interest to overcome Mrs. Clinton’s privacy rights. Mr. Clevenger appealed to the Justice Department, which ruled that it would expedite his request — signifying it accepts his claims of public interest.
Mrs. Clinton used a secret email account tied to a server she kept at her home in New York to conduct official business while she was head of the State Department, though it was against department policy.
The FBI said the email arrangement risked national security, but it declined to recommend charges. The bureau said Mrs. Clinton was too inept to understand the risks she was running.
After the arrangement was spotted, Mrs. Clinton belatedly returned thousands of emails to the government and deleted the rest, which she claimed were personal. The FBI’s probe, though, found thousands of emails that were work-related but weren’t turned over to the government.
Mrs. Clinton had her attorneys scour her account, and that was what landed them in potential jeopardy.
Her email behavior turned out to be a major problem for her presidential bid, with an FBI investigation and a rolling production of her messages during the primary race and in the midst of the general election campaign.
“The most important of the mistakes I made was using personal email,” Mrs. Clinton acknowledged in an interview with “CBS Sunday Morning” ahead of her book launch.