Judicial Watch continues effort to uncover illegal activities
WND Staff August 31, 2019
Washington watchdog Judicial Watch has worked for years to uncover information about Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information through a private, unsecure email server.
Several Clinton associates have been interviewed under oath.
Soon, it could be her turn.
Judicial Watch said Friday a federal judge has granted seven more depositions, three interrogatories and four document requests related to the case.
Clinton and her former top aide and current lawyer Cheryl Mills, were allowed 30 days to submit their opposition to being deposed by Judicial Watch.
“The court rejected Justice and State Department arguments to protect Clinton and the agencies from additional discovery and ordered agency lawyers to respond to Judicial Watch’s questions about their knowledge of the Clinton email issue. The court granted all of Judicial Watch’s requested discovery but gave Clinton and Mills 30 days to file any opposition to the requests to question them in person under oath,” the organization said.
Last year, U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth ordered Obama administration officials to be deposed or answer written questions under oath, including senior State Department officials, lawyers and Clinton aides.
That court ruling described Clinton’s email system as “one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency.”
Since then, because of Judicial Watch’s work:
- John Hackett, former Director of Information Programs and Services (IPS) testified under oath that he had raised concerns that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s staff may have “culled out 30,000” of the secretary’s “personal” emails without following strict National Archives standards. He also revealed that he believed there was interference with the formal FOIA review process related to the classification of Clinton’s Benghazi-related emails.
- Heather Samuelson, Clinton’s White House liaison at the State Department, and later Clinton’s personal lawyer, admitted under oath that she was granted immunity by the Department of Justice in June 2016.
- Justin Cooper, former aide to President Bill Clinton and Clinton Foundation employee who registered the domain name of the unsecure clintonemail.com server that Clinton used while serving as Secretary of State, testified he worked with Huma Abedin, Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, to create the non-government email system.
- In the interrogatory responses of E.W. (Bill) Priestap, assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division, he stated that the agency found Clinton email records in the Obama White House, specifically, the Executive Office of the President.
- Jacob “Jake” Sullivan, Clinton’s senior advisor and deputy chief of staff when she was secretary of state, testified that both he and Clinton used her unsecure non-government email system to conduct official State Department business.
- Eric Boswell, former assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security during Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, testified that Clinton was warned twice against using unsecure BlackBerrys and personal emails to transmit classified material.
Judicial Watch said in its new searches for information, it will look into an “after action memo” drafted by Heather Samuelson, Clinton’s senior adviser at State.
“The memo was created in December 2014 to memorialize the Clinton team’s processing of the Clinton emails. The discovery also asks for when Justice and State Department attorneys learned about Clinton’s private email use; and what senior records-keeping officials at the State Department knew about Clinton’s emails and when they knew it,” Judicial Watch said.
“Judicial Watch uncovered the Clinton email scandal and we just found more evidence that raises further questions about the cover-up – which is why the court allowed us to pursue more leads and potentially question Mrs. Clinton under oath,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “As ordered by the court, Judicial Watch will continue to ‘shake the tree’ on the Clinton email issue. It is shameful that the Justice and State Departments oppose our efforts and are still trying to provide cover for Hillary Clinton.”
An FBI investigation found she had classified material on the unsecure system.
Judicial Watch long has sought to ask Clinton under oath about individuals with whom she communicated by email, including State Department officials and other government officials or third-parties, such as Sidney Blumenthal.