The following article, Federal Judge Hands Down Order For Hillary Clinton Deposition To Address Private Email Scandal, was first published on Flag And Cross.
If former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton thought she was going to completely get away from the whole private email server scandal that sparked up in 2016, she’s sorely mistaken, especially after the decision reached by a federal judge concerning a request from conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch.
Clinton was accused of using a private email server to conduct state business, which is a violation of federal law. She also allegedly sent classified information using this server, again, a big no-no.
Here’s more on this from Fox News:
Clinton has argued that she has already answered questions about this and should not have to do so again — the matter did not result in any charges for the then-presidential candidate in 2016 after a high-profile investigation — but D.C. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth said in his ruling that her past responses left much to be desired.
“As extensive as the existing record is, it does not sufficiently explain Secretary Clinton’s state of mind when she decided it would be an acceptable practice to set up and use a private server to conduct State Department business,” Lamberth said.
The judge went on to recognize that while Clinton responded to written questions in a separate case, “those responses were either incomplete, unhelpful, or cursory at best. Simply put her responses left many more questions than answers.” Lamberth said that using written questions this time “will only muddle any understanding of Secretary Clinton’s state of mind and fail to capture the full picture, thus delaying the final disposition of this case even further.”
Lamberth even gave some examples of lingering questions about Clinton’s emails, such as how did she come to believe that her private emails would be preserved under normal State Department processes, who told her this and when, at what point did she learn department records management officials did not know about the server, “[a]nd why did she think that using a private server to conduct State Department business was permissible under the law in the first place?”
The ruling on this comes after the watchdog group revealed they had obtained thirty previously undisclosed Clinton emails had been released by the FBI at a status conference back in December of last year. However, the State Department did not fully explain where these emails came from.
Speaking of the State Department, they’ve been pushing rather hard to have what is known as the “discovery phase” of the case to be closed, but Lamberth responded that he’s not quite ready to do that, claiming there is “still more to learn.”
Judicial Watch initiated this case back in 2014 and is looking for information regarding whether Clinton might have employed a private email server as a means of getting around the Freedom of Information Act and whether or not the State Department might have acted in bad faith when they tried to close the case a few years back.
There’s also some question as to whether or not the department put in the appropriate effort to locate records requested by Judicial Watch in the group’s FOIA request.
In other words, there’s still a whole lot of questions that need to be answered and the government, along with Hillary Clinton, haven’t exactly been forthcoming with answers, which has only served to make matters worse for them in the long run.
The American people deserve to know the truth. If Hillary violated the law, she must be held accountable for her actions, if for no other reason than to help restore a little faith in the justice system.