by PATRICK HOWLEY
The State Department waited almost two weeks to barely comply with a judgeâ€™s order that it cooperate with the FBI in the investigation into Hillary Clintonâ€™s private email use.
In a September 2 letter obtained by Breitbart News, State Department legal adviser Mary McLeod wrote to FBI general counsel James Baker asking FBI investigators to hand over any information that might be relevant to the nonprofit group Judicial Watchâ€™s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the State Department. McLeod only asked for information that is not already in the State Departmentâ€™s possession.
Judge Emmett Sullivan ordered the State Department to cooperate two weeks ago. McLeodâ€™s one-page letter, signed a full thirteen days after Sullivanâ€™s order, fulfills the absolute minimum level of cooperation mandated by Sullivanâ€™s order. The State Department did not volunteer to help FBI investigators, but merely to send over any new documents before September 14, when the State Departmentâ€™s status report about its cooperation in the case is due to Sullivan.
Judicial Watch is not impressed.
â€œIt is jaw-dropping that the Obama State Department would wait 13 days to comply with an urgent August 20 federal court order requiring the State Department to coordinate with the Justice Department and FBI about making sure that documents from the seized Clinton email records are searched and produced in our FOIA litigation,â€ Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said in a statement provided to Breitbart News.
â€œThe bare-bones September 2 letter itself shows that the Obama administration has zero interest in quickly recovering, searching and producing records it seized from Mrs. Clinton. The Obama administration continues to protect Hillary Clinton by cover-up, delay, and inaction.â€