Maryland judge orders investigation of lawyers who helped Hillary Clinton delete emails

Maryland Circuit Judge Paul Harris Jr. ordered his state bar to open an investigation Monday of the three lawyers who helped former Secretary of State Hilly Clinton delete her private emails.
By Jeremy Morrow | Sep 13, 2017
Maryland Circuit Judge Paul Harris Jr. ordered his state bar to open an investigation Monday of the three lawyers who helped former Secretary of State Hilly Clinton delete her private emails. Harris said that the three lawyers are facing allegations of committing "egregious" wrongdoing, including potentially "allegations of destroying evidence," and that the state bar association has to review the matter and make an evaluation.

"I just think this is a rather easy decision at this point," he said at a hearing Monday morning. "The court is ordering bar counsel to investigate."

The lawyersDavid Kendall, Cheryl Mills, and Heather Samuelsonadvised Clinton last year when she was under investigation over her use of a private server for work-related emails during her tenure as secretary of state. She turned over thousands of emails to federal investigators at the time but withheld and deleted many others on the grounds that they were "personal." Clinton said that she had done so on Kendall, Mills, and Samuelson's advice.

Another lawyer, Ty Clavenger, issued a legal complaint in Maryland's court system against the three, requesting that the state bar association suspend or disbar them. Clavenger has previously filed disbarment requests against them with both Arkansas and District of Columbia's bar associations and federal courts and is pressing the FBI to release hitherto-undisclosed details of its Clinton investigation.

The other bar associations and federal courts all rejected Clavenger's requests. But Harris said that Clavenger's case "appears to have merit" and has thereby ordered his own state's bar association to look further into it.

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