Judicial Watch announced today that a federal judge has ruled that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has 30 days to answer questions under oath about her email server.
The questions date back to 2016, when Clinton was required to submit answers to Judicial Watch’s multiple inquiries under oath. She refused, and instead responded that she did “not recall” 20 separate times in her answers concerning her personal email system.
After what Judicial Watch describes as a “lengthy hearing” yesterday, Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled that Clinton must answer the following two questions under oath:
- Describe the creation of the clintonemail.com system, including who decided to create the system, the date it was decided to create the system, why it was created, who set it up, and when it became operational.
- During your October 22, 2015 appearance before the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Benghazi, you testified that 90 to 95 percent of your emails “were in the State’s system” and “if they wanted to see them, they would certainly have been able to do so.” Identify the basis for this statement, including all facts on which you relied in support of the statement, how and when you became aware of these facts, and, if you were made aware of these facts by or through another person, identify the person who made you aware of these facts.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said of the ruling, “It is shameful that Judicial Watch attorneys must continue to battle the State and Justice Departments, which still defend Hillary Clinton, for basic answers to our questions about Clinton’s email misconduct.”
The court refused to unseal deposition videos of Clinton State Department officials such as Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills. it also upheld Clinton’s objections about why she refused to stop using her personal Blackberry device as a form of communication, despite security warnings from State Department personnel.
The hearing and court ruling are part of the latest developments in Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit about the employment status of Clinton’s former deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin, who was engaged in outside employment while serving at the State Department. The case was reopened, Judicial Watch explains, because of the discovery of Clinton’s use of a private email server.