WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which has filed a number of federal lawsuits against the Obama Administration to obtain information through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, said today it has received a response from the Obama State Department – on the eve of President Obama's final day in office – revealing the name of a person who received a top position in the Obama Administration after the Clinton Foundation urged then Secretary of State Clinton's aides to do a "favor" for a person who ended up getting a top job in the State Department.
In the fall of 2016, Judicial Watch received hundreds of pages of documents from the State Department – including an email exchange between Clinton Foundation Executive Doug Band and top aides to then Secretary Clinton – Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills – urging them to do a "favor" noting it was "important to take care of [name redacted]" – an individual whose name was redacted by the State Department.
Late last night, in the final hours of the Obama Administration, the State Department released documents to the ACLJ following the filing of our federal lawsuit – documents that identified that individual by name and revealed that he was given a top position in the State Department on the closure of the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (GITMO).
According to documents provided by the State Department, the person who received the "favor" is Brock Johnson, identified in news reports as a former Obama campaign operative. According to the State Department, Johnson was hired in May 2009 – two weeks after the Clinton Foundation email asking for a "favor" – as "Special Assistant to the Special Envoy for Guantanamo Closure." The job description states that he was to help the Special Envoy "in furtherance of President Obama's order to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility."
The position, according to the documents, reveals that Johnson's supervisor was Cheryl Mills and that his job was classified as "critical sensitive" at the State Department.
"This is exactly the kind of collusion between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department that is totally inappropriate," said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ. "We suspected that this type of behavior was taking place and now we have proof. It's both troubling and unfortunate that the Obama State Department – under the direction of then Secretary Clinton – engaged in such activity and worse yet that both Secretary Clinton and the State Department went to great lengths to conceal this inappropriate action."
In addition to the ongoing litigation involving collusion with the Clinton Foundation, the ACLJ continues its ongoing litigation against President Obama's continuing legacy – the out-of-control bureaucracy – over the Iran lie, inaction on genocide, and the secret meeting between Attorney General Lynch and former President Bill Clinton.
The ACLJ is also winning in multiple federal lawsuits against the Obama Administration's IRS over its unlawful targeting of conservatives groups.
Led by Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), focusing on constitutional law, is based in Washington, D.C. and is online at www.aclj.org.
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