In Hillary Clinton’s emotional concession speech, she said to cheers and applause, “Now, I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but someday someone will — and hopefully sooner than we might think right now.”
Implicit in that message was the understanding that Hillary, having twice lost elections to become president, will not run again. But if her plan now is to retire quietly from public life and live out the rest of years in splendor in her mansion in Chappaqua, she may want to hold back on making any specific plans. Continuing Freedom of Information Act lawsuits and related litigation will keep Clinton busy for sometime to come now.
Conservative nonprofit government watchdogs aren’t withdrawing their lawsuits just because Clinton lost the election. Many of these litigations seek the release of more of Clinton’s emails from her tenure as America’s chief diplomat.
The lawsuits remain important for evidence they may yet yield regarding allegations that the Clinton Foundation engaged in pay-to-play schemes facilitated in part or whole by the private email addresses and the home-brew server located in her New York home.
The multi-billion-dollar charity continues to operate internationally and accept contributions from wealthy individuals and foreign governments. It’s facing an intense FBI investigation, The Daily Caller News Foundation previously reported.
Judicial Watch, for example, will discuss the 650,000 emails found on a laptop shared by long-time Clinton aide Huma Abedin and her estranged husband Anthony Weiner Nov. 29 before a federal court. The group’s 20 email-related FOIA lawsuits succeeded in making public thousands of emails to and from and among Clinton and her closest aides.
Similarly, Citizens United has five lawsuits against the Department of State involving email records related to Clinton’s senior staff. The group, like Judicial Watch, has published thousands of State Department emails, including 275 that were recently released.
Cause of Action Institute, meanwhile, argued before a federal appeals court to force Secretary of State John Kerry to notify the National Archives that Clinton’s government records were unlawfully removed. The case could ultimately result in a Department of Justice lawsuit that forces Clinton and her aides to return such records, Politico reported.
Emails released from the FOIA and related lawsuits, FBI investigations and WikiLeaks hacks have already revealed crucial details, including how Clinton pulled strings to secure the Democratic nomination for president, arranged more than $28 million in contributions to the Clinton Foundation by Morocco’s king in return for policy decisions that benefited the North African nation, and much else.
Clinton also appears to have engaged in a joint operation with the Environmental Protection Agency to shut down an American phosphate company as part of the effort that resulted in the $28 million contributions to the Clinton Foundation.
This report, by Ethan Barton, was cross-posted by arrangement with the Daily Caller News Foundation.