Even though Hillary Clinton provided some kind of certification as directed by the court, her top aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills seem to want more time before they finish providing material and before they make any “certification” about the completeness of what they have provided
JUDGE EMMET SULLIVAN DOESN’T SEEM REALLY PLEASED WITH ALL THE GOINGS-ON IN THIS CIVIL FOIA CASE AGAINST THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT — AND LAST NIGHT HE ISSUED A NEW FEDERAL COURT ORDER: INSTRUCTING THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT TO TELL HILLARY CLINTON, HUMA ABEDIN AND CHERYL MILLS NOT TO DESTROY ANY FEDERAL DOCUMENTS IN THEIR POSSESSION
According to a report in Politico on Saturday, “Acting in response to a request from a federal judge, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Friday submitted her first official, formal certification under penalty of perjury that she had all her work-related email turned over to the State Department.... However, two aides to Clinton appear to have rebuffed parallel requests from U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan that they similarly certify that they'd turned over certain emails and other records in their possession relating to their work at State.... Last week, Sullivan ordered the State Department to ask Clinton, former Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills and former Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin to personally vouch that they'd turned over all records responsive to a Freedom of Information Act request the conservative group Judicial Watch filed seeking information on Abedin's employment arrangements.... While Sullivan's order sought personal confirmation from all three former officials that they'd turned over all related records as well as details of any use Mills and Abedin made of Clinton's email server, neither of the two aides sent a personal declaration to the court. Instead, lawyers for each of the staffers submitted letters providing some details on the situation....” ( See “Hillary Clinton certifies email handover, but aides demur” by Josh Gerstein, 8/8/15, Politico [http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2015/08/hillary-clinton-certifies-email-handover-but-aides-212074.html]).
Josh Gerstein and Politico made particular note of the following shortcoming of Hillary Clinton’s “certification”: “.... Clinton's formal declaration may not satisfy her critics because while she has said she directed that all potential federal records in her private email account be turned over to her former agency, she can't personally certify that the handover was complete because she left the actual sorting process to her attorneys....”