Judge: Hillary Clinton Must Answer Written Questions in Email Suit

Judge: Hillary Clinton Must Answer Written Questions in Email Suit

Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan in Washington, D.C. ruled Friday that Hillary Clinton must answer written questions from a group that filed a lawsuit over her private email server.

Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan

Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan

Lawyers for Judicial Watch, a conservative government watchdog organization, asked to interview her under oath as part of their Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the State Department.

But Judge Sullivan said Friday that the group “has failed to demonstrate that it cannot obtain the discovery it seeks through other, less burdensome or intrusive means such as interrogatories.”

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He gave the group until October 14 to give her the questions, and she has 30 days to answer them.

The group is seeking the details of Huma Abedin’s relationship with the State Department that permitted her to do outside work while she was a top aide to Secretary Clinton.

Judicial Watch lawyers told the judge that only by interviewing Clinton under oath could they hope to learn why set up up a private e-mail server.

Clinton’s lawyers argued that because so much has previously been disclosed — through her testimony to Congress, the report of the State Department’s inspector general, and the findings of the FBI — there was no need to depose her about the e-mail server her in order to learn the details of Huma Abedin’s contract.

Judicial Watch insisted that none of those other inquiries delved into why a private server was used in the first place. “Secretary Clinton has never testified under oath why she created and used the clintonemail.com system to conduct official government business. Her only public statements on the issue are unsworn,” the group’s lawyers said in court filings.

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