Maryland county judge on Monday ordered the state’s bar association to initiate an investigation of the activities of three attorneys who allegedly helped former Obama administration’s Secretary of StateHillary Clintondelete emails from her infamous private server.
Anne Arundel County Circuit Court JudgePaul F. Harrissaid the complaints lodged against longtime Clinton family attorney David E. Kendall, Hillary Clinton’s chief aideCheryl Millsand State Department aide Heather Samuelson “were egregious” and the Maryland’s Bar Association cannot dismiss them as being frivolous in nature.
Bar Associations are authorized to investigate lawyers and discipline them from wrongdoing. In fact, President Bill Clinton had his law license revoked during his scrape with the law for obstruction and perjury.
“There are allegations of destroying evidence,” JudgeHarrissaid at a hearing Monday morning. He also stated Maryland’s rules require the bar association’s officials to conduct investigations no matter which person or organization files the written complaint against bar members.
The judge made the announcement the day before the former First Lady’s new book, “What Happened,” was released. It was also the start of her book tour which is being labeled “her excuse and blame game tour,” by both Republicans and several Democrats.
“The Democratic candidate for president is still making excuses for she loss in an election she believed was a done deal. Her book sounds as if everyone in the United States, Russia and Israel conspired against her,” said former police inspector and international investigator Samuel Bellows.
Bars in Arkansas and the District of Columbia, as well as federal courts, brushed aside requests from attorney Ty Clevenger, who is seeking to haveMrs. Clintonand her attorneys suspended or completely disbarred.
While the denizens of Democratic National Committee continue to outwardly support the Clintons, they are having problems with their own scandals such as the Muslim Awan Brothers and their alleged espionage on the Democratic lawmakers’ IT system.
JudgeHarris announced he believes Mr. Clevenger’s his assertions against Clinton and her minions have merit and that Maryland will have to at least launch an investigation and demand a response from the lawyers, Mr. Clevenger told Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson. (See video posted below)
Mr. Clevenger said he won another victory in recent days when the Justice Department agreed that his case met the threshold of intense public interest.
The FBI had originally denied the complainant’s request into its investigation of Hillary Clinton. The law enforcement agency claimed that there wasn’t enough public interest to trumpMrs. Clinton’s privacy rights. Mr. Clevenger, however, appealed to the Attorney General’s office, which stated it would expedite his request based on his claims of public interest.
Mrs. Clintonused a “home-brewed” email account tied to a server she kept in New York to conduct official business while she was head of the State Department, though it was against department policy. Her private system had no security measures for securing classified information and communications.
The FBI Director James Comey conceded the email arrangement risked U.S. national security, but he said he had declined to recommend charges against Clinton, who was in the midst of her presidential campaign. The FBI also claimed that Mrs. Clintonwas too inept to understand the risks she was running.
“Can you believe that statement by Comey and his staff? She shouldn’t be prosecuted because she was too inept? The woman was running for President of the United States — Commander in Chief. God forbid an inept and dishonest person is elected the most powerful person in the world,” said former law enforcement officer, attorney and political strategist Michael Snopes.
After the arrangement was spotted,Mrs. Clintonbelatedly returned thousands of emails to the government and deleted the rest, which she claimed were personal. The FBI’s probe, though, found thousands of emails that were work-related but weren’t turned over to the government.
Mrs. Clintonhad her attorneys — Kendall, Mills and Samuelson — search her email account, and that appears to be what landed them in a possible legal battle.
“The most important of the mistakes I made was using personal email,”Mrs. Clintonacknowledged in an interview with “CBS Sunday Morning” ahead of her book launch. “I said it before, I’ll say it again, that was my responsibility. It was presented in such a negative way, and I never could get out from under it and it never stopped,”Mrs. Clintonsaid.
The Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission tried to sideline Mr. Clevenger last year, arguing that he had “no personal knowledge of the allegations” so it wouldn’t investigate.
On Monday, Alexis Rohde, a lawyer representing the grievance commission, said she was bound by confidentiality rules that prevented her from explaining why the panel had determined the complaint was frivolous.
“Because all these complaints are confidential, I’m unable to put that before the court,” she said.
JudgeHarrisrejected the Bar’s official explanation, saying it was the first time he heard commission members use the term “frivolous” as an excuse for inaction. The 65-year-old judge also said the rules were clear that the commission needed to investigate Clevenger’s allegations.
“I just think this is a rather easy decision at this point,” he said. “The court is ordering [the bar] to investigate.”
Jim Kouri, CPP, is founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety and political consulting firm. He's formerly Fifth Vice-President, now a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, a columnist, and a contributor to the nationally syndicated talk-radio program, the Chuck Wilder Show..
He's former chief of police at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at St. Peter's University and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country.