Legal difficulties appear to follow Hillary Clinton wherever she goes.
A Maryland judge has ordered the state bar to launch a new investigation into the three lawyers that helped former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delete emails before the investigation into her private email server, according to The Washington Times.
Cheryl Mills, David E. Kendall, and Heather Samuelson will all be investigated for destroying evidence related to an FBI investigation. Judge Paul F. Harris Jr. says that accusations leveled against the three lawyers were too egregious to dismiss, and must be investigated further. According to the judge, it is the state bar’s obligation to handle investigations — regardless of who lodged the complaint.
Hillary Clinton was accused of violating State Department protocol and mishandling classified information for maintaining a private server in her New York home. She used the private server to conduct official State Department business. Many of Clinton’s aides also used email addresses associated with the private server.
The private server was discovered during the course of a congressional investigation into the Clinton State Department’s handling of the Benghazi Embassy attack in 2012. Clinton was ordered to turn over all work-related emails. She was permitted to delete any private communications.
However, according to a complaint, Hillary Clinton’s legal team was overzealous, and deleted work-related emails in addition to private emails. Tom Fitton, president of the government watchdog Judicial Watch, claims that Hillary Clinton failed to turn over at least 432 work-related emails to the proper authorities. Now, Clinton’s legal team is being accused of destroying evidence.
Judge Harris Jr. announced his decision on Sunday. The following day, Hillary Clinton announced the release of her new book, What Happened, along with a month-long book tour to promote the memoir.
Lawyer Ty Clevenger, who has been pursuing sanctions against Hillary Clinton’s legal teams, is calling for her attorneys to be suspended or disbarred. Judges in Arkansas and The District of Columbia have dismissed earlier attempts by Clevenger to investigate the lawyers who deleted emails on Clinton’s behalf.
Clevenger recently attracted headlines after appearing on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight. While appearing on the nightly news show, he accused the FBI of denying his recent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for political reasons.
Clevenger, who is researching a book on Judicial corruption, was hoping to use the Clinton email investigation as a case study.
According to Clevenger, the FBI denied his request for information relating to the Hillary Clinton email investigation because the “public doesn’t care,” The Daily Callerreports.
The lawyer believes that the FBI denied his request in an attempt to cover their tracks. “Former FBI director James Comey had already decided to exonerate Mrs. Clinton,” Clevenger explained. “The FBI is trying to cover its own rear end. I think they know this thing is going to look terrible for them. They deep-sixed this, they white-washed it and they don’t want the documents coming out just showing how badly they covered it up.”
The Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission originally decided to block Clevenger’s request, claiming an investigation was “frivolous.” However, Judge Harris rejected the commission’s decision, claiming that the term “frivolous” has never been used to justify a decision. “I just think this is a rather easy decision at this point,” Judge Harris said. “The court is ordering bar counsel to investigate.”