Federal judge grants Judicial Watch ‘legal discovery’ in Hillary Clinton’s email scandal citing bad faith and potential wrongdoing
Judicial Watch has been seeking legal discovery in the case of Hillary Clinton’s email scandal because the group felt that the former Secretary of State has not fully complied with it FOIA request. According to this story a Federal judge has ruled in favor of Judicial Watch, which means the group may be allowed issue depositions to some of Hillary Clinton’s top aides.
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Citing indications of wrongdoing and bad faith, a federal judge has overruled government objections by declaring that a conservative group is entitled to more details about how Hillary Clinton’s private email account was integrated into the State Department recordkeeping system and why it was not searched in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.
U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth entered an order Tuesday agreeing that Judicial Watch can pursue legal discovery — which often includes depositions of relevant individuals — as the group pursues legal claims that State did not respond completely to a FOIA request filed in May 2014 seeking records about talking points then-U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice used for TV appearances discussing the deadly attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi in September 2012.
This is the second judge to side with Judicial Watch over Hillary Clinton:
Lamberth is the second federal judge handling a Clinton email-related case to agree to discovery, which is unusual in FOIA litigation. Last month, U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan gave Judicial Watch the go-ahead to pursue depositions of Clinton aides in a lawsuit for records about former Clinton Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin.
It looks like Judicial Watch is going to be able to start issuing depositions to Hillary Clinton’s top aides and with yesterday’s news that the FBI will soon be seeking interviews with the same aides this could be about to get very interesting. And I have to admit the timing could not be much better…
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