Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton just got the worst kind of bad news from a federal judge and her time is almost up.
U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth ordered Hillary to sit under oath for a deposition by Judicial Watch, a conservative group that sued over her private email server.
This is bad news for Hillary Clinton and she will be furious. From Bloomberg:
“The court believes those responses were either incomplete, unhelpful, or cursory, at best,” said Lamberth, an appointee of former President Ronald Reagan. “Simply put, her responses left many more questions than answers.”
The judge also ruled that Clinton can be questioned about her knowledge of the existence of any emails, documents or text messages related to the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack in Libya. Conservatives have long claimed that Clinton and other Obama administration officials covered up her mismanagement of the incident, which cost four American lives.
David Kendall, Clinton’s lawyer with Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, declined to comment on the order.
Clinton, who lost to Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, has repeatedly denied breaking any laws by using a private server, while Democrats have accused Republicans of manufacturing the controversy to damage the Obama administration and derail Clinton’s White House run.
Judicial Watch on Monday also won permission to subpoena Google for documents associated with Clinton’s email while she was Secretary of State, even though the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have already carried out searches for missing emails.
“The Court is not confident that State currently possesses every Clinton email recovered by the FBI; even years after the FBI investigation,” Lamberth said. “For this reason, the Court believes the subpoena would be worthwhile and may even uncover additional previously undisclosed emails.”
Trump famously asked Russia on live television to help find Clinton’s emails before he won the 2016 election.
Judicial Watch said in a statement on Monday that the lawsuit — triggered by a Freedom of Information Act request to the State Department — had “famously” exposed allegedly false talking points about the Benghazi attack.
“Judicial Watch uncovered the Clinton email scandal and we’re pleased that the court authorized us to depose Mrs. Clinton directly on her email conduct and how it impacted the people’s ‘right to know’ under FOIA,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in the statement.
Despite all the evidence handed over by the State Department since Judicial Watch sued in 2014, Lamberth said he still wants to know when Clinton first learned that department employees were unaware of the existence of her private server, according to the ruling.
“And why did she think that using a private server to conduct State Department business was permissible under the law in the first place?” the judge said.