The Hillary Clinton email scandal is all over, right?
Not if Judicial Watch gets its way.
The famed government watchdog is back in court asking a judge to take the unusual step of ordering depositions in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
U.S. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth heard arguments on the dispute late Friday but did not immediately rule. His decision is expected shortly.
Judicial Watch wants to put Clinton under oath and ask about, among other issues, the identification of individuals with whom Clinton may have communicated by email, including State Department officials, other government officials or third-parties, such as Sidney Blumenthal.
The case was put on hold by Lamberth because of other government action on Clinton’s email scandal.
But the judge said it’s time to resolve the outstanding arguments in the case, which Judicial Watch explained was the one that in 2015 revealed the email scandal to the public.
Hillary Clinton, while secretary of state, set up and operated an unsecure, private email server through which she ran even classified information.
She later had her associates delete many of the messages.
“It is frankly unbelievable that the State Department is still protecting Hillary Clinton and her aides from being asked basic questions about her illicit email system,” Judicial Watch said.
“The courts were misled and obstructed by Hillary Clinton’s email scheme and we hope to get some more answers about this scandal.”
Judicial Watch said that at Friday’s hearing, Lamberth “excoriated the Justice Department and FBI for false statements about the Clinton email issue.”
“He also said he was ‘dumbfounded’ by the Justice Department for granting immunity to Cheryl Mills, a top Clinton aide. Judge Lamberth noted he had found Mills to have committed perjury in another Judicial Watch lawsuit. In an April 28, 2008, ruling relating to Ms. Mills conduct as a White House official in responding to concerns about lost White House email records, Judge Lamberth called Cheryl Mills’ participation in the matter ‘loathsome.’ He further stated Mills was responsible for ‘the most critical error made in this entire fiasco. … Mills’ actions were totally inadequate to address the problem.'”
According to Judicial Watch, the hearing was to seek the judge’s order for depositions from Clinton, Mills and several others.
“It was more than two years ago that the court granted plaintiff’s request for limited discovery, mindful of parallel proceedings before Judge Sullivan and the ongoing inquiries by the State Department’s Inspector General, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the House Select Committee on Benghazi,” Judicial Watch said.
Its original case from July 2014 sought record regarding Ambassador Susan Rice and the Benghazi scandal under the Obama administration.
“In March 2016, U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth granted us ‘limited discovery,’ ruling that ‘where there is evidence of government wrong-doing and bad faith, as here, limited discovery is appropriate, even though it is exceedingly rare in FOIA cases,'” the group said.
However, there’s never been agreement from the State Department on the scope of questions and answers.
“As Hillary Clinton tries to remain relevant by encouraging incivility toward her opponents, she perhaps is also trying to deflect attention from our continuing exposure of her irresponsible use of email when she was secretary of state,” Judicial Watch said. “That exposure continues apace. We have received 288 pages of newly uncovered emails that were transmitted over her unsecure, non-‘state.gov’ email system, three of which contain classified information.”
Those details came from another FOIA lawsuit.
The emails also are part of 72,000 pages held by the FBI and ordered to be released.
“We continue to uncover the mishandling of classified information in Hillary Clinton emails that she tried to hide or destroy. This is further evidence of the urgency for the DOJ to finally undertake a complete and legitimate criminal investigation. Attorney General Jeff Sessions should immediately order a new investigation of the Hillary Clinton email scandal,” Judicial Watch said.
Hillary Clinton has claimed the 55,000 pages of documents she turned over to the State Department in December 2014 included all of her work-related emails. However, multiple additional caches of emails have been found since then.