Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton suffered a tough loss Thursday in federal court, as a judge ordered that the numerous lawsuits against her former agency must continue without being combined into one big case.
The State Department filed a motion to try to combine all of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) civil cases into one case with a coordinating judge, which would make it easier to try to dismiss the whole thing in one fell swoop.
But the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia denied that motion and preemptively denied any future motions with similar goals.
“MEMORANDUM ORDER DENYING the State Department’s motion  for designation of a coordinating judge, DENYING all other pending motions  , and ORDERING the Clerk of Court to close this miscellaneous case,” the Court ruled in an order, which was signed by Chief Judge Richard W. Roberts.
“As the State Department recognizes, these cases do not meet the definition of a ‘related case’,” the Court stated, referring to the “some dozen cases” aimed at getting at Clinton’s private emails.
“The judges who have been randomly assigned to these cases have been and continue to be committed to informal coordination so as to avoid unnecessary inefficiencies and confusion,” the Court elaborated, making consolidation of the cases pointless.
“Judicial Watch applauds the decision made by federal judges of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to dismiss quickly the State Department’s desperate effort to buy time for itself and Hillary Clinton,” said Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton, one of the litigants trying to get Clinton’s emails, in a statement provided to Breitbart News.
“Today’s decision confirms Judicial Watch’s contention that the State Department knew that its action had no basis in law – certainly none that it could identify – but nonetheless filed the action despite the time and expense Judicial Watch would be forced to incur as a result,” Fitton said.
Meanwhile, House Benghazi Committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy said Thursday that his committee plans to release 1,500 Clinton emails within the next five days.