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Judge To State Dept: Cough Up Those Benghazi Emails

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I love the inherent assumption that leads off the following story from Josh Gerstein at Politico: A heartbreaking electoral loss for the Democratic Party is sufficient punishment for any wrongdoing. Why can’t you people just leave poor Hillary alone?

Nine months after the presidential election was decided, a federal judge is ordering the State Department to try again to find emails Hillary Clinton wrote about the Benghazi attack.

U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta ruled that the State Department had not done enough to try to track down messages Clinton may have sent about the assault on the U.S. diplomatic compound on Sept. 11, 2012…

“To date, State has searched only data compilations originating from outside sources — Secretary Clinton, her former aides, and the FBI. … It has not, however, searched the one records system over which it has always had control and that is almost certain to contain some responsive records: the state.gov e-mail server,” Mehta wrote.

Um, maybe this judge hasn’t been on the Internet lately, because this whole thing was answered years ago, succinctly and decisively:

It doesn’t matter what she wrote that night. It doesn’t matter what she said about it in the subsequent days and months and years. It doesn’t matter how or why Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty, and Ambassador Christopher Stevens died that night, or what she knew about it, or when. It makes no difference.

She lost.

So I’m told, anyway. Personally, I do think it matters, and I do want to know what she wrote. I want history to remember it. I want her to be held accountable for it. And I’d say the same thing no matter who won the election. Either the rule of law matters or it doesn’t.

I doubt she’ll ever be held to account for any of it. But I’m glad the good guys aren’t just letting it go.