‘It is shameful that Judicial Watch attorneys must continue to battle the State and Justice Departments, which still defend Hillary Clinton…’
(Ben Sellers, Liberty Headlines) In the same week that speculation over on-again, off-again potential 2020 presidential contender Hillary Clinton again turned toward the likelihood of another run, it looks as if questions over her notorious missing emails, like Clinton herself, aren’t going anywhere.
Government accountability watchdog Judicial Watch announced Thursday that a federal court ruled Clinton would be required to submit responses to two questions related to the creation of the e-mails server and her unverified claims that it was, essentially, a backup of what was on the State Department server.
While Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said the break was good news, he expressed frustration with the protracted legal battle.
“It is shameful that Judicial Watch attorneys must continue to battle the State and Justice Departments, which still defend Hillary Clinton, for basic answers to our questions about Clinton’s email misconduct,” Fitton said.
The questions were an addendum to 25 previous deposition questions for which Clinton was required to submit sworn responses in August 2016 as the result of Judicial Watch’s legal filings under the Freedom of Information Act. Clinton and her attorneys have 30 days to comply with the new ruling.
However, the majority of Clinton’s earlier responses simply objected to the line of questioning as being outside the scope of discovery, with several stating that Clinton could not recall any direct information about the subject. It is unlikely that Clinton’s new answers will help to elucidate anything regarding the estimated 30,000 missing emails.
In addition to the mishandling of classified materials and obstruction issues, more serious concerns have sprung up that Clinton’s server may have been hacked by Chinese spies to receive copies of all her emails, and that the FBI may have been complicit in covering up the security breach.
Although supporters of President Donald Trump—who promised during the 2016 debates to pursue a criminal case against Clinton—have continued to make “Lock her up” a rallying cry symbolizing the brazenness and dearth of accountability for corrupt public officials, Trump faced a roadblock in former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who investigated but never followed up.
Many people in our Country are asking what the “Justice” Department is going to do about the fact that totally Crooked Hillary, AFTER receiving a subpoena from the United States Congress, deleted and “acid washed” 33,000 Emails? No justice!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2017
New interim Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has signaled that he is more in line than Sessions with Trump’s prosecutorial priorities, and Trump is also likely to seek a permanent replacement who will be more responsive to executive input on Clinton and on the Mueller investigation into Trump’s contact with Russia during the campaign.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., whose leverage as a swing voter in the narrowly split chamber with a miniscule GOP majority will likely add to his outsized influence within the party, said recently that he supports both investigations being fully explored if he is appointed chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.