A federal court has ruled that Hillary Clinton must answer questions under oath about the private email server she used while serving as secretary of state during President Barack Obama’s first four years in office.
The ruling, issued by U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan, stems from a lawsuit from the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, according to the Washington Examiner.
“Court rules late today Hillary Clinton must answer more email questions — including key q’s about the setting up of her email system,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton tweeted after the ruling.
BREAKING: Judicial Watch announced today that, following JW’s court battle, U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ruled that Hillary Clinton must answer – under oath – two additional questions on her controversial email system within 30 days. (1/6)https://t.co/Mnq2wTA8xG
— Judicial Watch 🔎 (@JudicialWatch) November 15, 2018
Breaking: Court rules late today Hillary Clinton must answer more email questions — including key q’s about the setting up of her email system. Court denied our request to unseal vid depositions of Clinton aides. Great work by Michael Bekesha! https://t.co/VBKkm3H8gi pic.twitter.com/00k6pRsHNe
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) November 15, 2018
The hearing and ruling is the latest development in the group’s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, which seeks to clarify why former deputy chief of staff to Clinton, Huma Abedin, was authorized to work simultaneously for both the State Department and “outside employment,” according to a statement from Judicial Watch.
Now, Clinton has 30 days to answer two key questions about her email system that she previously refused to answer. They were from a list of 25 questions Judicial Watch submitted:
The questions were:
1) “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.”
24) 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.
In other words, the twin scandals of Clinton’s time as secretary of state — her use of a private email server and the disgraceful terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, and the Obama administration’s politics-driven response to it — are back in the public eye.
And that’s right where Democrats, and particularly Hillary Clinton, don’t want them to be.
Don’t expect the mainstream media to describe it this way, but this ruling throws a wrench in the middle of Clinton’s potential run for president in 2020. In fact, it’s probably a disaster.
After rumors began circulating that Clinton might start another run for president, she began making comments related to the Florida election recount, which suggests her willingness to stay in politics.
However, Clinton is still haunted by the email debacle she tried to leave behind.
After President Donald Trump was elected, Clinton laid low for a bit and tried to pretend as though her email scandal didn’t happen.
But conservatives haven’t let Clinton forget about her “extremely careless” handling of emails.
Voters held Clinton accountable in 2016, and voters will hold Clinton accountable again if she runs in 2020.
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