Apparently, the fat lady didn’t sing. At least not about Hillary Clinton’s use of her personal server for government emails. And one judge wants to hear more.
Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch refuses to let Hillary’s emails fade to black. And I’m sure the former First Lady is just waiting for their entire team to board a plane.
Luckily, their building hasn’t gone up in flames. And their leader hasn’t committed suicide. Thus, JW continues to make steady progress unraveling Clinton’s email scandal. Now, a federal judge ruled Hillary Clinton must sit for a sworn deposition.
As Fox News explains:
Clinton has argued that she has already answered questions about this and should not have to do so again — the matter did not result in any charges for the then-presidential candidate in 2016 after a high-profile investigation — but D.C. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth said in his ruling that her past responses left much to be desired.
“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, thus delaying the final disposition of this case even further.”
Lamberth even gave some examples of lingering questions about Clinton’s emails, such as how did she come to believe that her private emails would be preserved under normal State Department processes, who told her this and when, at what point did she learn department records management officials did not know about the server, “[a]nd why did she think that using a private server to conduct State Department business was permissible under the law in the first place?”
Slow and Steady
It’s no secret, the State Department wishes this investigation would go away. Luckily, Judge Lamberth isn’t so hasty. In fact, the judge acknowledge just how much we’ve yet to learn. James Comey could’ve shed light on this in 2016. But he was too busy pledging his ‘higher loyalty’ to the Obamas and the Clintons.
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But Judicial Watch aims to expose every crooked detail. In fact, in 2019, the FBI released more than two dozen “previously undisclosed Clinton emails” that the State Department “failed to fully explain.”
Pointedly, Judicial Watch opened this case in 2014. They contend Clinton used her private server to circumvent the Freedom of Information Act. And the want to know “whether the State Department acted in bad faith when they tried to settle the case years ago. Also, whether the department had adequately looked for records in response to Judicial Watch’s initial FOIA request.”
Given that the settlement attempts and records search took place after Clinton left office, the judge ruled that the deposition should focus on whether she intentionally tried to use her private server to evade FOIA and her understanding of the State Department’s record management requirements.
Lamberth also granted Judicial Watch’s request to depose former Clinton chief of staff Cheryl Mills, IT specialist Paul Combetta who was involved in deleting Clinton’s emails, as well as Brett Gittleson and Yvette Jacks, who were State Department officials familiar with Clinton’s private email server.
Judicial Watch also wanted to question Clinton and Mills about government talking points in the aftermath of the 2012 Benghazi attack. Lamberth said that while they “cannot be questioned about the underlying actions taken after the Benghazi attack,” they can face questions regarding “their knowledge of the existence of any emails, documents, or text messages related to the Benghazi attack.”
Of course, we already know the answers to many of these questions. We just don’t have Hillary on record admitting the truth. What we do have is a shady meeting on a tarmac, a laughable investigation from a crooked FBI director, and a woman so thirsty for power, she was willing to hang her own men. And at this point, Hillary is a well-seasoned liar, trained to evade the truth at all costs. But like they say, evil may prevail in the beginning. However, it never wins in the end.