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January 11, 2018

Judicial Watch: Court Orders State Department to Speed Up Production of Clinton Email Records

State Department Must Complete Review and Release of 72,000 Pages of Records by September 28
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today announced that a federal court judge ordered the State Department to speed up processing and production of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails. U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg recently ordered the State Department to complete processing the remaining documents that were recovered by the FBI in its investigation into Clinton’s illicit email server by September 28, 2018.  The Court’s latest order accelerates State’s production rate which would have continued until 2020.

Last year, the FBI uncovered 72,000 pages of documents Clinton attempted to delete or did not otherwise disclose. The State Department had been processing the documents at a rate that would have required Judicial Watch and the American people to wait until at least 2020 to see all the releasable Clinton material.

Prior to the FBI investigation, Clinton repeatedly stated that the 55,000 pages of documents she turned over to the State Department in December 2014 included all of her work-related emails.  In response to a court order in another Judicial Watch case, she declared under penalty of perjury that she had “directed that all my emails on clintonemail.com in my custody that were or are potentially federal records be provided to the Department of State, and on information and belief, this has been done.” Clinton failed to turn over at least 627 emails in that 55,000-page production, further contradicting a statement by Clinton that, “as far as she knew,” all of her government emails had been turned over to department.

Judge Boasberg’s November 30 order came in a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed on May 6, 2015, (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:15-cv-00687)) seeking:

All emails sent or received by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in her official capacity as Secretary of State, as well as all emails by other State Department employees to Secretary Clinton regarding her non-“state.gov” email address.

The court also ordered the State Department to identify and explain the basis for all documents withheld in full from both the 55,000 pages of emails turned over by Clinton and the 72,000 pages of records recovered by the FBI which have been processed thus far by April 6, 2018.

“How ironic it is that the Trump State Department had to be ordered by a federal court to stop slow-rolling the release of Clinton emails,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act lawsuits – not Congress or the media – uncovered Clinton’s email cover-up and related crimes. Now it is up to the Justice Department to finally follow up with an honest and independent investigation.”

In November 2016, Judge Boasberg ordered the State Department to process no less than 500 pages a month of records responsive to Judicial Watch’s request. The following year, in October 2017, Judicial Watch asked the court to increase the State Department’s processing requirement noting that under its current pace of production, the Clinton emails would not be completely released until at least 2020. At the October 2017 hearing, the State Department reported to the court that they were revamping their FOIA processing and reallocating resources. Judge Boasberg then issued an order instructing the State Department to explain “how its anticipated increase in resources will affect processing of records in this case …”

In a related case, Judicial Watch found at least 18 classified emails in 806 documents  recently produced by the State Department from the FBI’s investigation of Clinton’s elicit email system. The emails were found on the laptop of Anthony Weiner, who is the husband of former Clinton aide Huma Abedin.


Statement of Under Secretary Greg Ibach on Section 199A Tax Code Fix

(Washington, D.C., January 12, 2018) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach today issued the following statement regarding efforts to address concerns with recent changes to Section 199A of the federal tax code. Some agriculture stakeholders have raised questions about potential market effects on cooperatives and independent grain-related businesses.

Ibach’s statement is as follows:

“The aim of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was to spur economic growth across the entire American economy, including in the agricultural sector. While the goal was to preserve benefits in Section 199A for cooperatives and their patrons, the unintended consequences of the current language disadvantage the independent operators in the same industry. The federal tax code should not pick winners and losers in the marketplace. We applaud Congress for acknowledging and moving to correct the disparity, and our expectation is that a solution is forthcoming. USDA stands ready to assist in any way necessary.”


Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Awards $50,000 to the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation for Upcoming Conference


Rare Cancer Organization receives PCORI funding 3 years in a row


Our goal is that these interactions between patients and researchers will improve quality of life and stimulate interest in the research community to work together to find new treatments and a cure.”

— Donna Mayer, CCF Executive Director

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, USA, January 12, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ -- The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation (CCF) has been approved for its third Eugene Washington Engagement Award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to support patient engagement in the 2018 Annual Conference on January 31-February 2 in Salt Lake City. Forty presenters from 6 countries will join an audience of 350 researchers, physicians, nurses, patients, caregivers, and others invested in cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer), a rare but fatal disease.

The program seeks to develop sustainable participation of the medical and scientific communities by presenting current data on basic, translational and clinical research and increasing the knowledge of attendees about key issues central to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure for cholangiocarcinoma.

Because patients living with cholangiocarcinoma have a direct stake in their own medical care and are in a unique position to provide input, CCF has expanded conference programming to address questions and concerns that are important to patients and their families. Those who have experienced this devastating disease firsthand will be invited to learn about cholangiocarcinoma, share their personal experiences, and contribute to future efforts to further cholangiocarcinoma research.

The $50,000 award from PCORI will provide travel scholarships for 27 patients from the USA and 3 patients from abroad. For those who are unable to attend, a live webcast will allow viewers around the world to ask questions and participate in the discussions in real-time during the patient-centered sessions on Wednesday, January 31 from 10:00am-6:00pm (Mountain).

Donna Mayer, CCF Executive Director states “The PCORI support allows CCF to incorporate patient and family participation into our meeting which further allows the medical community to understand the depth and breadth of the patient experience when faced with a devastating diagnosis of cholangiocarcinoma. Our goal is that these interactions will ultimately improve patient quality of life and stimulate interest in the research community to work together to find new treatments and a cure.”

PCORI is an independent, non-profit organization authorized by Congress in 2010 to fund comparative effectiveness research to provide patients, caregivers and clinicians with evidence needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions.

About the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation
CCF is a global 501(c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to find a cure and improve the quality of life for those affected by bile duct cancer through advocacy, education, collaboration and research. Visit www.cholangiocarcinoma.org to learn more.

Jordan Giles
Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation