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Judicial Watch Files Seven New Lawsuits Against State Dept for Hillary Emails

Hillary Clinton
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The conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch has filed seven more Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits against the State Department regarding former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s emails, the group announced Wednesday.

The lawsuits are the latest in a flood of litigation, much of it filed by Judicial Watch, against the State Department since the New York Times reported in March that Clinton exclusively used a private email address during her tenure as secretary of state.

The seven new FOIA lawsuits seek, among other things: Clinton’s emails during the attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, emails from Clinton aide Huma Abedin from non-government email addresses, and the names of all State Department employees using non-"state.gov" email addresses to conduct official business.

"There is a rule-of-law and transparency crisis in Washington," Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said in a press release. "But our new FOIA lawsuits show that Mrs. Clinton and her co-conspirators in the Obama administration will be held accountable for the violations of transparency law, criminal destruction and mishandling of government records, their Benghazi lies, and the Clintons’ abuse of office for personal and political dollars."

According to Judicial Watch, there are, in addition to the latest round of lawsuits, 18 other suits and about 160 Judicial Watch FOIA requests that could be affected by Clinton’s use of private email.