Federal Court orders discovery on Clinton E-Mails, Benghazi, Top Officials to Testify

The operative sentence in the Judicial Watch piece is this:

The DOJ fought against Judicial Watch and colluded with Hillary Clinton’s cronies to limit discovery, but Judicial Watch prevailed.

Benghazi Consulate Victim

Why is Tom Fitton doing all the hard work on this? Having heard the confirmation hearing of Barr for Attorney General yesterday, I hold scant hope that the office will be any better in supporting Congress and anyone else trying to get to the bottom all of the nefarious activities going on in the swamp. He and his family are “good friends” of Mueller. Hope springs eternal.

 

 

Judge Lamberth ordered senior Obama officials to provide written answers to Judicial Watch under oath.

Susan Rice and Ben Rhodes will be deposed under oath on the Benghazi scandal.

Seven Other Top State Department/Clinton Aides Must also Respond to Judicial Watch Querie

 

Via Judicial Watch:

Judicial Watch announced today that United States District Judge Royce C. Lamberth ruled that discovery can begin in Hillary Clinton’s email scandal. Obama administration senior State Department officials, lawyers and Clinton aides will now be deposed under oath. Senior officials, including Susan Rice, Ben Rhodes, Jacob Sullivan, and FBI official E.W. Priestap, will now have to answer Judicial Watch’s written questions under oath. The court rejected the DOJ and State Department’s objections to Judicial Watch’s court-ordered discovery plan. (The court, in ordering a discovery plan last month, ruled that the Clinton email system was “one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency.”)

Judicial Watch’s discovery will seek answers to:

  • Whether Clinton intentionally attempted to evade the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by using a non-government email system;
  • whether the State Department’s efforts to settle this case beginning in late 2014 amounted to bad faith; and
  • whether the State Department adequately searched for records responsive to Judicial Watch’s FOIA request.

Discovery is scheduled to be completed within 120 days. The court will hold a post-discovery hearing to determine if Judicial Watch may also depose additional witnesses, including Clinton and her former Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills.

The Judicial Watch discovery plan was in response to a December 6, 2018, ruling by Judge Lamberth.

Incredibly, Justice Department attorneys admit in a filing opposing Judicial Watch’s limited discovery that “Counsel for State contacted the counsel of some third parties that Plaintiff originally included in its draft discovery proposal to obtain their client’s position on being deposed.” This collusion occurred despite criticism from the Court that the DOJ engaged in “chicanery” to cover up misconduct and that career employees in the State and Justice Departments may have “colluded to scuttle public scrutiny of Clinton, skirt FOIA, and hoodwink this Court.”

The Judicial Watch piece is worth going over for the full read. A nice pick me up after the hearing yesterday.

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