Here is the latest chapter in the long-running legal battle between Judicial Watch and Hillary Clinton. Hillary and her former chief-of-staff Cheryl Mills were ordered by a federal judge to be deposed under oath about those emails, as reported here. As expected, her attorneys filed a motion to try to get her off the hook, as reported here by Judicial Watch. That motion was for a a writ of mandamus, which is an extraordinary remedy that should only be used in exceptional circumstances according to the Justice Dept, not about something like her email misconduct. She is claiming an “indisputable right” not to be questioned under oath. An appellate court will decide on that motion within a few weeks.
In the meantime, on Friday, Judicial Watch released another batch of her “missing” emails that contain – wait for it – classified information.
Judicial Watch today released 80 pages of new emails recently found by the FBI that further document how former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used her unsecure, non-government email to transmit classified and other sensitive government information. The documents include 11 new Clinton email documents. The emails include an email sent by Mrs. Clinton a month after the Benghazi terrorist attack referencing a “Benghazi security” issue. The emails also include talking points, which are redacted, for a meeting with President Obama. (This is the second release from the batch of Clinton emails the FBI inexplicably found late last year.)
The State Department previously claimed it had produced all releasable Clinton emails, including emails recovered by the FBI that Hillary Clinton tried to destroy or withhold. The State Department initially claimed all responsive emails had been produced in 2018, but then found more emails, which were produced for the first time early this year.
Even though many important questions remain unanswered, the Justice Department inexplicably still takes the position that the Court should close discovery and rule on dispositive motions. The Court is especially troubled by this. To argue that the Court now has enough information to determine whether State conducted an adequate search is preposterous, especially when considering State’s deficient representations regarding the existence of additional Clinton emails.
The press release provided examples of redacted emails that were almost certainly classified and linked to the entire 80 pages that were released. Looks like there are plenty of reasons for Hillary to be deposed! At the very least, these new emails undercut the Justice Dept and State Dept case that there is “nothing new left to discover” about her emails.
There is at least one honest federal judge left in Washington, DC. The district court judge agreed with Judicial Watch that Hillary Clinton and Cheryl Mills should be deposed under oath. Are there any honorable judges in the appellate court who will agree that Hillary Clinton FINALLY needs to be deposed under oath? We’re going to find out soon.