The wingnuts at Judicial Watch today lost a battle to force the federal government to release hundreds of Hillary Clinton’s emails related to Benghazi. The Hill reports:
Judge Amit Mehta said that it would be “unwise and potentially risky” to order the government to quickly release some of the 329 emails specifically related to the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, which it had recently discovered.
Those emails — along with tens of thousands of others — are already on pace to be released by next February, as a result of a separate lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act, said Mehta, a judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, who was appointed by President Obama. The best solution would be “to keep this on course,” Mehta said, since the government has already “made concrete commitments” in the other case.
The decision is a blow to Judicial Watch, the right-leaning legal group that has filed 20 lawsuits over the Clinton emails. Judicial Watch had asked for the Benghazi-related emails to be pulled out of that larger tranche and given special attention. “This is just continued delay,” argued Judicial Watch lawyer Ramona Cotca, who complained that the “case has been pending for months.”