Judge orders State, Jus­tice to re­open Clin­ton email in­quiry

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WASH­ING­TON — A U.S. judge or­dered the Jus­tice and State de­part­ments Thurs­day to re­open an in­quiry into whether Hil­lary Clin­ton used a pri­vate email server while sec­re­tary of state to de­lib­er­ately evade pub­lic records laws, and to an­swer whether the agen­cies acted in bad faith by not telling a court for months that they had asked in mid-2014 for miss­ing emails to be re­turned.

In is­su­ing the or­der Thurs­day, U.S. Dis­trict Judge Royce Lam­berth said the spirit of the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act re­quired it.

In a nar­row opin­ion, Lam­berth wrote that de­spite the gov­ern­ment’s claimed pre­sump­tion of trans­parency, “(the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s) State and Jus­tice de­part­ments fell far short” of the law’s re­quire­ments in a law­suit for doc­u­ments.

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