Conservative lawyer and extreme right-wing nutjob Larry Klayman has yet to convince a federal appeals court that Hillary Clinton needs to turn over all the emails—even her personal ones—from the personal server she used during her time as Secretary of State. Klayman is a well-known conspiracy theorist, too, who’s premised lawsuits on ridiculous conspiracies. It’s a wonder that the courts still hear cases that he brings.
The emails that Klayman wants don’t have anything to do with the umpteenth Benghazi investigation happening in Congress. According to The Hill, Klayman actually filed his Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request last year, under the apparent impression that he could find some sort of smoking gun about proving that Hillary leaked information about the U.S. releasing a computer worm to cripple Iran’s nuclear program.
A U.S. district court ruled against Klayman last year, and he appealed to the D.C. Circuit Court, hoping that they would overturn the district court’s decision, or remand the case back to the lower court and urge them to look at it more closely. But The Hill reports that the judges in the D.C. Circuit Court seemed dismissive of Klayman’s demands that Hillary’s server be “taken into court custody and sent to a forensics expert for analysis,” because “the American people deserve the information now.”
Judge Judith Rogers believes that a lower court—like the district court that rejected Klayman’s request—is the proper venue for this. She said that’s preferable to them “trying to guess what’s happened.” When Klayman tried to convince the circuit court judges that time is of the essence, because of our negotiations with Iran, Judge Rogers said that she didn’t understand why he couldn’t just ask the district court to do this.
The D.C. Circuit Court already rejected his motion to file charges of contempt against Hillary Clinton, according to Politico. At the time, he didn’t think that was a setback because oral arguments for this case were scheduled for this morning. He felt that they would actually listen to him, but, alas, that doesn’t appear to have happened.
Going after the Clintons is nothing new for Klayman, and he’s always sure he has a case, so it’s not surprising that he thought the D.C. Circuit Court would find a way to rule in his favor. Impassioned pleas for the public’s right to know, and how we’re under a timetable, don’t work when the merits of the case aren’t solid. And Klayman’s case is pretty weak.
This is, however, the man who tried to sue the government on the idea that they’d engineered Ebola to wipe out all the good, god-fearing white people of the U.S. He also filed a lawsuit against Obama that claimed he was definitely in the U.S. illegally. However, with the current controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton’s emails and private server, he has a slight chance of getting somewhere.
On the other hand, given the D.C. Circuit Court’s lack of enthusiasm for his case, that’s a very, very slight chance. The Hill also warns that this situation may not bode well for everyone else’s suits regarding those emails.
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