In law there’s an expression that “A good lawyer knows the law, but a great lawyer knows the judge.”
Although my normal beat is the corruption of science, one of my regular sources provided me an unexpected windfall of information about the judge overseeing the Judicial Watch case against Hillary Clinton for use of her private email server while Secretary of State.
It was just TOO GOOD not to share with my readers.
According to my source, one of his friends is VERY CLOSE to Judge Royce Lamberth, and provided information about the judge.
My source wrote that in the opinion of his friend, the judge is :
[C]onservative leaning and balanced in his judgments, and apparently enjoys a fairly popular position with other judges in the Washington area. He currently plays poker, which he loves, and has a standing monthly game with five of his legal friends, including Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the relative newcomer to the group.
Further on in his communication with me my source wrote:
Everyone who hates what liberals do, are likely familiar with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals which is headquartered in San Francisco. It turns out that Lambreth confided one of his favorite things to do. As a Senior Federal District Judge, Lambreth has a perk of being able to pick and choose any particular district in which he might want to work for a short time. Lambreth confided that he periodically likes going to the Ninth Circuit Court to “have some fun.”
From what my source learned from his friend he was of the opinion that Lambreth is:
An individual of the highest order in terms of character and balance and a sense of fair playing fields for everyone. It also would stand that he is very likely not to like, or cower to bullies and thugs and power broking wannabees.
My source then provided me with a publicly available copy of Judge Lambreth’s order from March 2, 2020 (Docketed Judicial Watch Memorandum Order) and suggested I go through it. I did and it was amazing. As I read the order it seemed to me this judge was clearly tired of Clinton’s evasions on the question of her email server.
Here are some excerpts from the order.
With each passing round of discovery, the Court is left with more questions than answers. What’s more, during the December 19, 2019, status conference, Judicial Watch disclosed that that FBI recently produced thirty previously undisclosed Clinton emails. State failed to fully explain the new emails’ origins when the Court directly questioned where they came from . . . State has thus failed to persuade the Court that all of Secretary Clinton’s recoverable emails have been located. This is unacceptable.
Another section pertained to a subpeona to Google for relevant documents and emails. The order found:
The subpoena seeks to discover new emails, so it certainly relates to whether State conducted an adequate search . . . The Court is not confident that State currently possesses every Clinton email recovered by FBI; even years after the FBI investigation, the slow trickle of new emails has yet to be explained. For this reason, the Court believes the subpeona would be worthwhile and may even uncover additional previously undisclosed emails.
Probably one of the more surprising decisions was regarding Clinton’s former Chief of Staff, Cheryl Mills. Mills is an interesting character, as she is also a lawyer for Clinton and has used this to shield herself from thorough investigation. The order stated:
Judicial Watch argues that it should be able to depose Ms. Mills in this case because it knows more information now than it did when it deposed her in 2016 . . . The Court sympathizes with this argument-now that Judicial Watch has a better understanding of what happened, it should have an opportunity to craft new questions from newly discovered facts. When Mills was deposed, Judicial Watch was not aware of the 30,000 deleted Clinton emails or that a Congressional subpoena had already been served on Secretary Clinton for her Benghazi records.
The bombshell from the order was certainly the allowance of Hillary Clinton to be deposed regarding certain issues.
Judicial Watch also requests permission to question Secretary Clinton in greater detail about her understanding of State’s records management obligations-including questions about her various trainings and briefings regarding these obligations . . . For example, how did she arrive at her belief that her private server emails would be preserved by normal State Department processes for email retention? Who told her that-if anyone-and when?
Did she realize State was giving “no records” responses to FOIA [Freedom of Information Act] requests for her emails? If so, did she suspect that she had any obligation to disclose the existence of her private server to those at State handling the FOIA requests? When did she first learn that State’s records management employees were unaware of the existence of her private server? And why did she think that using a private server to conduct State Department business was permissible in the first place? . . . Even Huma Abedin, one of Secretary Clinton’s closest confidants, testified that Judicial Watch “would have to ask [Secretary Clinton]” herself to ascertain whether the Secretary knew if her use of a private server satisfied her FOIA obligations.
It really is a remarkable document and I encourage all of you to read the twelve page document in its entirety and come to your own conclusions.
For those who have questioned whether Hillary Clinton would face the same type of scrutiny as an ordinary citizen, we may have finally found a judge to fulfill that obligation.
I just hope Judge Lamberth doesn’t “die” under suspicious circumstances.