Judicial Watch announced they are suing the Department of Homeland Security for emails former Secretary Jeh Johnson and three other agency officials sent or received from their personal email accounts.
Back in December 2015, the government watchdog group filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the emails but received no records in response.
Judicial Watch said in a statement:
“The agency claims the emails are essentially inaccessible and it is too troublesome to recover them. Judicial Watch previously obtained and made public 215 pages of documents containing official emails sent through the private, unsecured email accounts of Johnson, former DHS Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, former Chief of Staff Christian Marrone, and former General Counsel Steven Bunnell.”
They later went on to explain the emails discussed “high-level meetings” planned between the Kuwaiti ambassador and Saudi Arabian Interior Ministry officials, “as well as a West African $4.5 million online consumer fraud scam using Johnson’s name.”
A federal judge had required the DHS to preserve the emails after Judicial Watch argued there was “no assurance” the officials would keep the emails since the messages may have been sent without the proper authorization.
“Judicial Watch previously uncovered documents revealing that Secretary Jeh Johnson and 28 other agency officials used government computers to access personal web-based email accounts despite an agency-wide ban due to heightened security concerns,” the statement said.
The documents also showed that DHS officials misled Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Scott Perry when he asked if personal accounts were used for government business, according to Judicial Watch.
Looks like Jeh is in some hot water now!