WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The lawsuit, originally filed in by Judicial Watch in May 2015, seeks all emails sent or received by Clinton in her official capacity as secretary of state, as well as all emails by other State Department employees to Clinton.
US federal law requires that Clinton, a public servant, return all communications during her tenure as secretary of state. However, Clinton erased at least 33,000 of her emails.
The press release claimed the State Department’s justification for withholding 30 emails is based on an unspecified "deliberative process," as well as attorney-client privileges. Judicial Watch said it would ask a federal judge to overrule the department's decision.
Judicial Watch’s action is a civil matter as opposed to an earlier criminal probe by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which investigated whether Clinton intended to violate federal law by using a private server and email account