While Coronavirus Is Distracting Everyone, Trump’s DOJ Aiding Hillary Clinton To Avoid Email Scandal Deposition
I know, I know, so many have their hopes pinned on the anonymous Q to swoop in and save the day when it comes to the criminal cabal, and as I’ve said, I’d be incredibly happy if that were actually the case, but pay attention to what actually happens with spending, bailouts, baby murder funding, pardoning of convicted criminals and now the Trump Justice and State Departments are apparently working to support her efforts to avoid being deposed by Judicial Watch.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton appeared on “Lou Dobbs Tonight” in an interview on the Fox Business Network.
Fitton asked why the State Department and Justice Department were supporting Clinton, whom he said is “not above the law,” in her attempt to evade a deposition ordered by the court about her illegal email server, which she used to transfer classified information.
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“If it were any other litigant they’d be pushed out of court pretty darn quick,” Fitton said.
“Obviously that doesn’t cover Mrs. Clinton having to go under oath about her email misconduct,” said Fitton. “She says she has an indisputable right not to be questioned under oath, and we’ve laid out any issues outstanding that the court also wants answered.”
“She’s not above the law,” he added. “We hope the appellate court quickly dismisses [her challenge to the depositions].”
It was U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth who granted the deposition of Clinton to Judicial Watch after ordering discovery two years ago in a lawsuit probing whether Clinton set up the private email system to avoid Freedom of Information requests. The complaint also alleged the State Department’s plan to settle the case was in “bad faith” and that State conducted an inadequate search for Clinton’s records.
Clinton and her former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, who also was ordered deposed, want the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to overturn the order.
Judicial Watch said the Clinton request comes in its lawsuit seeking records concerning “talking points or updates on the Benghazi attack.”
The watchdog famously found in 2014 that the “talking points” that provided the basis for Susan Rice’s false statements about the attack were created by the Obama White House. The Freedom of Information Act lawsuit led directly to the disclosure of the Clinton email system in 2015.
Judge Lamberth has called the unsecure email system “one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency.”
“Discovery up until this point has brought to light a noteworthy amount of relevant information, but Judicial Watch requests an additional round of discovery, and understandably so. With each passing round of discovery, the court is left with more questions than answers,” he has said
The court found Clinton’s prior testimony, mostly through written sworn answers, was not sufficient.
“The court has considered the numerous times in which Secretary Clinton said she could not recall or remember certain details in her prior interrogatory answer,” Judicial Watch said. “In a deposition, it is more likely that plaintiff’s counsel could use documents and other testimony to attempt to refresh her recollection. And so, to avoid the unsatisfying and inefficient outcome of multiple rounds of fruitless interrogatories and move this almost six-year-old case closer to its conclusion, Judicial Watch will be permitted to clarify and further explore Secretary Clinton’s answers in person and immediately after she gives them. The court agrees with Judicial Watch – it is time to hear directly from Secretary Clinton.”
Dozens of highly sensitive classified materials were sent to and from Clinton through the private and unsecure email system. The FBI said the private system was vulnerable to compromise by hackers outside the United States and by foreign intelligence operatives.
Lamberth also has encouraged Judicial Watch to “shake this tree” for evidence and warned the State Department, “There is no FOIA exemption for political expedience, nor is there one for bureaucratic incompetence.”
Here’s Fitton on the issue.
Judicial Watch also reported:
Fitton reminds his viewers that while Clinton was questioned by the FBI (“not under oath to be clear”) and Congress, she has never been questioned in any “significant way on the FOIA” or other her activities while serving as the secretary of state. In testifying before Judicial Watch attorneys, the Judge is looking for “a serious set of questions asked directly of Mrs. Clinton,” specifically the following three according to Fitton:
- “Did Hillary Clinton used this system to evade FOIA?”
- “Was the Court being gamed by the Justice Department and State Department in shutting the case down before telling us about the emails?”
- “Where are all the other emails?”
In light of the court receiving “all sorts of new information about Hillary Clinton’s email system, including the fact that “the Trump Justice Department and FBI were finding new Clinton emails as recently as a few months ago,” the judge has described the efforts by Clinton’s defense team to call this case “moot,” i.e. “meaning there is no controversy,” as “preposterous,” Fitton continues. What’s more, Judicial Watch’s investigations have led to the discovery of the secretary’s text messages which she used “to conduct government business,” as mentioned in this clip from the Weekly Update. With more Clinton information
Now in the hands of the appellate court, the judge could “dismiss us or set up a briefing schedule.” “We’ll keep you updated,” Fitton continues, reminding his viewers that “if she wasn’t nervous about the testimony, she wouldn’t be doing this gambit before the court.”
Just remember, despite the claims that “Crooked Hillary” is “guilty as Hell” by our president, people often forget that what he said the moment he won the White House. So, let me just remind you and perhaps all of this will make sense at some point.
Article posted with permission from Sons of Liberty Media