A federal judge last month granted a request from conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch to have Hillary Clinton sit for a sworn deposition.
U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth said, “it is time to hear directly from Secretary Clinton” regarding her use of a private email server to conduct government business and her handling of the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attacks that resulted in four Americans being killed.
Unsurprisingly, Clinton’s team argued she has already answered questions about this and should not have to do so again, but D.C. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth said there were still more questions that needed to be answered.
The legal effort launched by Judicial Watch won’t be thwarted by Hillary’s legal team because the Department of State just made a major move.
“The government did not seek and thus does not support the extraordinary relief of mandamus due to the unique circumstances of this case,” DOJ appeals lawyer Mark Freeman told the higher court in a seven-page filing, according to the Washington Examiner. “This is the rare situation in which discovery of a former Cabinet Secretary was not authorized for the impermissible purpose of probing internal government decision-making regarding official policy, but rather to focus on the impact on FOIA compliance of a former official’s unusual decision to use a private email server to systematically conduct large volumes of official business.”
Freeman said “the government’s decision not to seek mandamus here — after each of the discovery orders, not only the most recent — reflects the government’s consideration of the totality of the circumstances in this unique case.”
Last month, Clinton’s team argued she had already answered questions about this and should not have to do so again, but Lamberth disagreed.
“As extensive as the existing record is, it does not sufficiently explain Secretary Clinton’s state of mind when she decided it would be an acceptable practice to set up and use a private server to conduct State Department business,” Lamberth said.
The judge went on to recognize that while Clinton responded to written questions in a separate case, “those responses were either incomplete, unhelpful, or cursory at best. Simply put her responses left many more questions than answers.” Lamberth said that using written questions this time “will only muddle any understanding of Secretary Clinton’s state of mind and fail to capture the full picture, this delaying the final disposition of this case even further.”
The ruling comes after Judicial Watch revealed at a December 2019 status conference that the FBI released “approximately thirty previously undisclosed Clinton emails,” and that the State Department “failed to fully explain” where they came from.
The State Department has been pushing for the discovery phase of the case to come to a close, but Lamberth said he is not ready to do so, saying that “there is still more to learn.”
For years, America has been hoping for answers. They deserve to know how Hillary acted and if she broke the law.
This comes as a top witness in the Bill Clinton impeachment case died this week.