It was announced by conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch this week that former attorney to then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Heather Samuelson, admitted while under oath that the United States Department of Justice had granted her immunity back in June of 2016.
Samuelson stated “I was provided limited production immunity by the Department of Justice.”
Judicial Watch questioned, “And when was that?”
Samuelson stated, “My recollection, it was June 2015 [later corrected to 2016].”
You can view Samuelson’s full deposition transcript here. She also claimed that, even though she told the FBI in 2016 that she had not been aware that Clinton had used a private server, she had, in fact, known.
Judicial Watch questioned, “Ms. Samuelson, when did you first become aware that Secretary Clinton used the e-mail address [email protected] while she was at the State Department?”
She answered, “I believe I first became aware when either she e-mailed me on personal matters, such as wishing me happy birthday, or when I infrequently would receive e-mails forwarded to me from others at the department that had that e-mail address listed elsewhere in the document.”
Judicial Watch asked, “And who were the State Department officials?”
Samuelson answered, “I recall Cheryl Mills, but it could have been others.”
Judicial Watch reports:
Samuel’s admission to Judicial Watch that she became aware of Clinton’s non-State.gov emails during her service in the Clinton State Department White House Liaison Office during Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state (January 2009 – February 2013) contradicts the notation in the FBI’s May 24, 2016 302 report on Samuelson’s interview with FBI agents:
Samuelson did not become aware of Clinton’s use of a private email account and server until she was serving as Clinton’s personal attorney.
After Clinton left office, Samuelson worked for a year in the office of the White House Counsel before becoming Clinton’s personal attorney, where, in 2014, she was primarily responsible for conducting the review of Clinton emails and sorting out “personal” emails from government emails, which were returned to the State Department under the direction of Cheryl Mills and Clinton lawyer David Kendall. After the emails were returned to State, Clinton deleted the rest of the “personal” emails from her server, wiping it clean. Samuelson conducted the review of emails on her laptop, using Clinton server files downloaded from Platte River Networks, which housed the Clinton email server. Judicial Watch questioned her about a “gap” in the emails she discovered.
As the conversation continued, Judicial Watch explained “I believe you, during your interview with the FBI, you were asked about a gap in e-mails that you noticed in Secretary Clinton’s e-mails from January 2009 to March of 2009. Do you recall that?”
Samuelson simply answered, “I do.”
Judicial Watch, “Okay. Can you explain to me what that gap was?”
“My understanding is — well, I’m sorry. I should say my recollection is when we received the documents — the file from Platte River Networks, there was a period of time that was missing in her e-mails. And that period of time was January 2009 to March 2009,” she answered.
Judicial Watch then questioned, “And what did you do as the result of discovering this gap in the e-mails from January 2009 to March 2009?”
Samuelson stated that she “asked Platte River why we did not have — why they did not provide those.”
When questioned what she was told, Samuelson explained, “They said they did not have that information.”
Judicial Watch then questioned, “Did Platte River have access during 2014 to the server that housed Secretary Clinton’s e-mails to her Clintonemail.com account…” going on to ask, “…and was there any discussion as to whether they could obtain Secretary Clinton’s e-mails from that server from January 2009 to March 2009?”
“I did ask them, and they said they did not have any e-mails from that period,” Samuelson answered.
According to Judicial Watch, “Samuelson also testified in her deposition that she created an ‘after action memo’ in or around December 2014 to memorialize the email search. Samuelson’s lawyer directed her not to answer questions about this memo. During Hillary Clinton’s transition as secretary of state during her tenure, Samuelson was in charge of political-nomination (“Schedule C”) hires for Clinton’s transition team at the State Department. When questioned by Judicial Watch lawyers about Brock Johnson, whom she hired as a special assistant to Secretary Clinton as a ‘favor’ to controversial Clinton Foundation official Doug Band (co-founder of Teneo Strategy with Bill Clinton and a top official of the Clinton Foundation, including its Clinton Global Initiative), Samuelson testified that on occasion Band sent referrals of individuals they should consider hiring. Johnson later worked, in coordination with the Obama White House, when the State Department falsely responded to a Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) FOIA request that there were no records showing Clinton’s email address.”