Hillary Clinton just suffered a devastating loss in federal court and this one will sting for years, if not longer.
The judge just ordered Hillary Clinton to be deposed in a lawsuit over the missing emails from her time as Secretary of State.
Judge Royce Lamberth’s gave the order authorizing Judicial Watch the freedom to question Clinton and others bringing the case and possible charges against Hillary back to the front of the national debate.
Look if she lies she can get hit with perjury and if she tells the truth and that leads to a bigger investigation she may be charged with violating the Freedom of Information Act. Either way, it ain’t good for Hillary.
“Any further discovery should focus on whether she used a private server to evade [the Freedom of Information Act] and, as a corollary to that, what she understood about State’s records management obligations,” Lamberth wrote in his order.
Judicial Watch had asked to depose Clinton, top aide Cheryl Mills and other former State Department employees in a six-year-old court case seeking public access to the emails from the State Department. Lamberth said that in addition to Clinton, the group also could depose two State Department technology managers who worked on Clinton’s email management, as well as Mills. Judicial Watch, however, cannot ask Clinton or Mills about the US government’s response to the 2012 Benghazi attack, Lamberth said.
Judicial Watch can also subpoena Google for records related to Clinton’s email while she was secretary of state, according to the judge’s order.
“The Court is not confident that State currently possesses every Clinton email recovered by the FBI; even years after the FBI investigation, the slow trickle of new emails has yet to be explained,” Lamberth wrote. “For this reason, the Court believes the subpoena [to Google] would be worthwhile and may even uncover additional previously undisclosed emails.”
…”How did she arrive at her belief that her private server emails would be preserved by normal State Department processes for email retention?” Lamberth wrote.
“Did she realize State was giving ‘no records’ responses to FOIA requests for her emails? If so, did she suspect that she had any obligation to disclose the existence of her private server to those at State handling the FOIA requests? When did she first learn that State’s records management employees were unaware of the existence of her private server? And why did she think that using a private server to conduct State Department business was permissible under the law in the first place?”
Lamberth put a 75-day timeline on the collection of depositions and evidence.