For the first time ever during the whole e-mail scandal, Hillary employed her lawyers. What did she want them to do? Block her from having to give her sworn statement.
This move came after a court order from Judicial Watch to force the under oath questioning–in person.
The conservative watchdog group plan on making Hillary’s life miserable until the elections and beyond that, if necessary.
Why do you think Hillary wanted to block this questioning?
Hillary Clinton won a U.S. court order denying a conservative watchdog group’s bid to force her to submit to questioning under oath about her use of a private e-mail server while secretary of state, but she’ll need to answer at least some of those queries in writing.
U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan on Friday set an Oct. 14 deadline for Judicial Watch to submit its questions to the Democratic presidential nominee, meaning her replies may not come until after the Nov. 8 election. Judicial Watch said it will act quickly, signaling Clinton’s answers may arrive in the final weeks of the campaign.
The e-mail controversy spurred a federal criminal investigation and has dogged Clinton for more than a year as she vies for the White House. Her Republican opponent, Donald Trump, and his party have made it the centerpiece of their attacks on her honesty and credibility.
Aiding that endeavor has been Judicial Watch, a Washington-based group that uses Freedom of Information Act lawsuits to extract records from the federal government. In a suit filed in 2013, closed and then revived, it has pressed for information about Clinton aide Huma Abedin’s overlapping employment at the U.S. State Department, the Clinton Foundation and an outside consulting firm while the Democratic nominee was the top U.S. diplomat.
Tom Fitton, president of the watchdog group, said the organization was pleased with the court’s order, calling it a reminder the candidate wasn’t above the law. “We will move quickly to get these answers,” he said.
Earlier this year, the organization won an order giving it permission to question members of Clinton’s State Department staff about its response to FOIA requests and about the e-mail system based in her Chappaqua, New York home.
Telling Judge Sullivan they were dissatisfied with what they’d learned, the group’s lawyers pressed him last month to let them depose the former Secretary of State. Just days earlier, FBI Director James Comey said that while he wouldn’t recommend bringing charges, Clinton and her aides had been “extremely careless” in their handling of sensitive government information. On July 6, the Justice Department declared the matter closed.