Even as its awaits a court ruling on its request to depose Hillary Clinton about her email and Benghazi scandals, government-watchdog Judicial Watch says evidence has been uncovered warranting the reopening of investigations of Barack Obama's first secretary of state.
Judicial Watch said Monday it obtained a copy of an email at the time of the Benghazi terror attack, when Obama administration officials were blaming it on reaction to anti-Islam YouTube video.
Judicial Watch said the information "had been covered up for years and would have exposed Hillary Clinton's email account if they had been released when the State Department first uncovered them in 2014."
"The long withheld email, clearly responsive to Judicial Watch's lawsuit seeking records concerning 'talking points or updates on the Benghazi attack,' contains Clinton's private email address and a conversation about the YouTube video that sparked the Benghazi talking points scandal," Judicial Watch said.
"This Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuit led directly to the disclosure of the Clinton email system in 2015."
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said the email "is a twofer – it shows Hillary Clinton misled the U.S. Senate on Benghazi and that the State Department wanted to hide the Benghazi connection to the Clinton email scheme."
"Rather than defending her email misconduct, the Justice Department has more than enough evidence to reopen its investigations into Hillary Clinton," Fitton said.
U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth ordered production of the record, granting Judicial Watch significant new discovery in the case.
"There is no FOIA exemption for political expedience, nor is there one for bureaucratic incompetence," the judge noted at the time.
He also said the government has handled the case and the discovery of information so poorly that Judicial Watch may have the ability to prove the government acted in "bad faith."
The court is considering whether to allow Judicial Watch to question Hillary Clinton and her top aide in person under oath about the email and Benghazi controversies.