Only two days ago, Mark Penn, a former adviser to the Clintons, said he believed Hillary Clinton would make another run for president in 2020.
Now, thanks to Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton, Hillary’s road to the White House is about to hit a few potholes…
Tom Fitton tweeted about a federal court ruling today that will force Hillary to answer key questions about the setting up of her private email server.
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) November 15, 2018
According to the Washington Examiner – Judicial Watch sought to compel further answers from Clinton after her written testimony under oath in October 2016 regarding her Clinton.com, non-state.gov email system.
In a phone conversation with the Washington Examiner, Fitton said Clinton will have 30 days to answer the questions in writing under oath, pertaining to the set-up of the email and any advisories she got about her emails from the State Department.
Fitton, who said he was joined in the courtroom Wednesday only by Michael Bekesha, a member Judicial Watch’s legal team, said its ruling was a “great development.”
However, he said it was “outrageous” that the two years into the Trump administration that the Justice Department and State Department were still “defending Hillary Clinton.”
Clinton’s use of an unauthorized private email server to handle government business during her time as secretary of state has been the subject to a great deal of controversy and investigations, including one by the FBI which determined that Clinton’s team was “extremely careless” in handling classified information. The agency did not, however, recommend criminal charges against anyone involved with Clinton’s private email network.
Judicial Watch – Clinton claimed that she “does not recall” 20 times in her under-oath responses to 25 Judicial Watch questions concerning her Clinton.com, non-state.gov email system. Bentel asserted his Fifth Amendment right and refused to answer 87 questions at his deposition.
The hearing is before U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan.
This hearing was rescheduled from October 11, 2018, and is the latest development in a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit about the controversial employment status of Huma Abedin, former Deputy Chief of Staff to Clinton. The lawsuit, which seeks records regarding the authorization for Abedin to engage in outside employment while employed by the Department of State, was reopened because of revelations about the clintonemail.com system (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:13-cv-01363)).
In 2016, Hillary Clinton was required to submit, under oath, written answers to Judicial Watch’s questions. Clinton objected to and refused to answer questions about the creation of her email system; her decision to use the system despite warnings from State Department cybersecurity officials; and the basis for her claim that the State Department had “90-95%” of her emails. Judge Sullivan is considering Judicial Watch’s motion to compel answers to these questions.
“The public and the media have a right to a full accounting from top officials of the Clinton State Department,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “In lieu of a much-needed, new and untainted investigation by the FBI, the continued work of Judicial Watch in the courts is clearly the only hope of bringing sunlight into the Clinton email issue and completing the public record.”