Fourteen years after they began, a federal judge on Tuesday dismissed the lawsuits over Filegate, closing the book on a scandal that became an ongoing thorn in the side of the Clinton White House and helped launch Larry Klayman into temporary national prominence.

The plaintiffs sued the FBI, the Executive Office of the President and a smattering of White House figures, including then-first lady Hillary Clinton, in 1996 after the administration revealed that it had mistakenly ordered up the FBI files of more than 400 Bush I and Reagan administration officials. The case, spearheaded by Klayman and his conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch, led to a parade of high-profile depositions, but seemed to sputter as the years dragged on. Hillary Clinton was dismissed as a defendant last year.

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