From Zero to 17,000 – State Dept. Now Tells Court They Found 17,000 Staffer Emails.

D’oh, this is one of those ‘and-they-thought-they-could-get-away-with-it-stories’.  More than three years ago Gawker was in a back-and-forth blistering e-mail conversation with Philippe Reines, Deputy assistant to Hillary Clinton.  Subsequently they (Gawker) submitted a FOIA request to the state dept. for Mr. Reines emails.  The State Department said they didn’t have any of Reines emails.

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(Via Mediaite) Two years after claiming they couldn’t find certain emails from a former staffer, the State Department suddenly announced in court that they had found more than 17,000 of them.

The backstory is that back in 2013, Gawker filed a FOIA request for any emails sent from deputy assistant Secretary of State Philippe Reines to employees of 34 media outlets. Reines had something of a reputation of sending extremely confrontational emails to reporters telling them to “f*ck off,” and Gawker no doubt wanted to mine his emails for more gems.

But to their surprise, the State Department responded that they couldn’t find a single email Reinnes had sent to any reporters from those organizations, even though emails to those outlets were already known to exist. In response, Gawker took the State Deparment to court.

Lo and behold, an August 13 filing by State Department lawyers announced that they had discovered “5.5 gigabytes of data containing 81,159 emails of varying length” written by Reinnes. Approximately 17,855 of those emails were considered to be responsive to the email request originally filed by Gawker.  (read more at Gawker)

Court filing:

The Department has conducted its preliminary review of the potentially responsive electronic documents in its possession, custody, and control from Mr. Reines’ email account (as opposed to records it received from his personal email account). The assemblage comprises approximately 5.5 gigabytes of data containing 81,159 emails of varying length. Based on a review of a portion of these emails, the Department estimates that 22% of the 81,159 emails may be responsive. Therefore, the Department believes that it will need to conduct a line- by-line review of an estimated 17,855 emails for applicable FOIA exemptions. Moreover, some of the responsive records may need to be referred to other agencies for consultation or processing.  (link)

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54 Responses to From Zero to 17,000 – State Dept. Now Tells Court They Found 17,000 Staffer Emails.

  1. ZurichMike says:

    My, my. And the media lapdogs are more upset about what Trump said during out of context in a TV show of many years ago.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. georgiafl says:

    Others (everyday, common folk) prosecuted for mishandling classified information see double standard:

    Liked by 1 person

  3. A political grandson of Saul Alinsky! How charming!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. auscitizenmom says:

    I have a vision of the occupants of the WH doubled over laughing each time one of these new reports comes out.

    Liked by 4 people

  5. Is it just me, or does anybody else think there is some fear of “hell toupee” at State, behind the sudden desire to come clean under Obama?

    Liked by 5 people

  6. Sharon says:

    Moreover, some of the responsive records may need to be referred to other agencies for consultation or processing.

    I would imagine that’s because they are really concerned about not releasing anything that might be classified or ever was classified or might have ever had a classified or TOP SECRET marking on it that might have been removed or something. Accidentally. Or something.

    They sure are creating a lot of job security, temporarily at least, for in-house people, ya gotta give them that. That consultation or processing stuff can just take forever.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Jett Black says:

    The prog-snake eating it’s tail–a disgusting and beautiful spectacle!

    Liked by 2 people

  8. boutis says:

    It is amazing how fast things can be done if you are threatened with the likelihood of a potential face to face with a federal judge. It concentrates the mind. Gets the lead out. And scares the heck out of you. Who’s willing to go to jail for Hillary!?! No one. Well, maybe Huma to get away from Weiner.

    Liked by 5 people

  9. ZurichMike says:

    The Clintons visiting Obama on the weekend — tag-team hillbilly wrestling and strong-arming him with incriminating e-mails. She will not take a fall without dragging the Marxist mulatto man-boy with her. Obama will all of a sudden start sabotaging efforts to take down Hillary . . . for now.

    Liked by 4 people

  10. moogey says:

    Now we know that Hillary Clinton and Reines thwarted the United States court system and that the Kerry State Department was willing to cover-up a known breach of security.
    Cover-ups against US Courts seems to me a pretty big deal….

    Liked by 2 people

    • doodahdaze says:

      Felony unless you have democrat privilege.

      Liked by 1 person

      • moogey says:

        I have to have faith that FBI Comey will do the right thing. He is an honorable government official. He does not have the official power to persuade Loretta Lynch to indict or press charges, but he does have the authority to collect data from those associated with Hillary Clinton and politically, that would not be a good thing, so Comey does have leverage that might give him unofficial power which could cause felony to be charged.
        You may be right, but I’m going to have faith, that the nation’s government can’t sweep this one under the rug.


        • jackphatz says:

          See, they need this one under the rug and soon. We’re just going to be that much more ticked off when they all announce “no laws have been broken , nothing to see here, go sit down and shut up”. We are waiting, waiting. The sooner this happens and can be forgotten the sooner everyone can resume their happy campaigns, Demo will put the Blacks back on the plantation ans we conservatives will be consigned to the psych wards and labeled as terrorist.

          No, they will sweep this soon.


          • Eskyman says:

            A thought that has crossed my mind…

            Let’s say that Obama, disliking Hillary intensely- and wanting to wield the knife slowly, slowly but unstoppably into Hillary’s helpless and immobile body… (metaphorically, of course!)… sics the FBI on her, just as to begin the long and enjoyable torture… and Obama, knowing without doubt that he is the smartest, hippest, evilest- and most capable, competent evil villain that ever vill’d, he is absolutely confident, adamantly, unshakably confident- that his wicked evil plan can be totally disconnected from his mechanations of the machinery of State.

            What I’m saying is, he reckons he won’t leave any fingerprints on the scene of the crime, and also reckons he’s way too smart to ever be caught out, and finally reckons that he’s really shafted Hillary, and can further enjoy thinking about whether to give her a pardon- and how she’ll grovel and pay. And pay. And pay. And grovel!

            Only one problem: Obama’s a fool. And incompetent. And incapable. And-

            I really, really hope that somewhere down the line there’s some honest people that tie Obama right into a whole bunch of felonies, that Hillary is convicted of… and that he’s next on the docket!

            Might just happen under our new President Trump!

            (Please don’t tell me, “and then the little boy woke up,” I don’t think I could stand it!) 😉


  11. Krazy Kat says:

    Is there still any doubt that our government is unaccountable and is, in fact, our enemy?

    Liked by 6 people

  12. Hillary is going down, guys! She’s toast. It’s just a matter of time. Not only will she not be the nominee, she’s going to be spending millions of dollars and years trying to keep her corrupt ass out of federal prison.


  13. doodahdaze says:

    They must of been in a closet at the White Hut. Jail the Whale.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. jim says:

    Why would an email sent to the media need checking for security?

    This is stage II of denying the FOIA request. Stage I was to lie about there not being any emails. Now that the requester has spent money to take them to court, and suffered years of delay, the emails magically appear, but there are so many that it will take a fortune to process, and more years before one is ever seen. Hence stage II.

    Liked by 4 people

  15. jim says:

    Sorry about using foil for foia. I blame auto-correct.

    FIFY – Admin


  16. Arkindole says:

    I see a lot of Buses with people under them.

    Liked by 3 people

  17. benzy says:

    I suspect their “game plan” is to delay, delay…delay the release of these emails (and those of Hillary as well) so that she will be running for her second term by the time these are released to the public. And even THEN… they will be so heavily redacted by the various agencies who have “processed” them that they will be essentially unreadable.


  18. GrimmTale says:

    If Billary has any pets at home, I really feel badly for them. You know she’s trouncing through the front door of her house every night (Cruella DeVil style), kicking whatever pet is at her feet, while throwing her coat, keys, pocketbook at the closet door – and bellowing to her assistant(s) “Get my lawyer on the phone!”

    Liked by 1 person

    • GrimmTale says:

      I also think if this gets bad enough, with no escape hatch for her and Bill to slither through, “going postal” or suicide wouldn’t be off the table for this woman either.


    • LOL

      You just gave me a delightful of Nixon’s “Checkers” speech. Maybe (one day) we will get to see a Tearful Hillary offering up something similar!

      Liked by 1 person

    • Eskyman says:

      Being in the Secret Service, tasked with ensuring her safety, wouldn’t be my idea of a good job. In fact they’d have to pay me more than Donald Trump makes in a year, and even then I’d gripe about the job- and still be justified!

      Liked by 1 person

  19. Maquis says:

    They found not 18,000 emails, but EIGHTY-ONE-THOUSAND emails of this clown. The 18k number reflects the number of communications that related to exchanges with the media, meeting the Gawker FOIA request parameters.

    Liked by 1 person

  20. TimeLess says:

    So, will Hillary be going to prison or will she skate?


  21. wondering999 says:

    What are they thinking? laws only apply to the poor/middle income people?

    Liked by 1 person

  22. mcfyre2012 says:

    The secret to Hillary’s e-mail mess is not with Hillary. It’s with her assistants who were doing the actual work. The focus needs to be on them rather than Hillary.

    Liked by 1 person

  23. Centinel2012 says:

    Reblogged this on Centinel2012 and commented:

    And there are probably a lot more that didn’t go to the state department.


  24. Will says:

    I can’t imagine her facing any consequences no matter how damaging the evidence. Her boss must be protected at all costs, he must never be accountable or have his fingerprints on anything. I can see under-secretaries taking the pipe, possibly Huma, and others. IF it ever comes to that. I’d very much like to see Holder go to jail, Johnson, Rice also. I think it’s just fantasy though. Those that do go, will be from a different demographic. I believe it’s been carefully structured so.


  25. hightechjunkie says:

    If Hillary is doing Yoga, she needs to get her money back. Just sayin’.


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