The conservative group Judicial Watch has a federal judge on its side to require sworn statements from eight of Hillary Clinton’s top aides about her use of private email systems while she was secretary of state.
And at long last, the Democratic presidential candidate may also be forced to answer questions in court about her handling of confidential government information.
A report from Newsmax quotes Chris Farrell, Judicial Watch’s director of research and investigations:
“We’ve been authorized by the court to depose eight different characters around Mrs. Clinton both current and former government officials at the State Department,” Farrell said. “We reserve the right and the court has granted us the ability to go back to the judge once we’ve completed the eight depositions to ask to interview Mrs. Clinton as well.”
The Judicial Watch lawsuit is over Clinton’s use of a private email server, for official government communication including classified messages, which violated regulations and threatens national security, critics say.
According to Farrell, federal Judge Emmet Sullivan is “fed up’ with slow responses from the State Department about Clinton’s email practices.
“From the bench he made reference to a drip, drip, drip of never ending, never changing declarations from the State Department as to what was being done, what wasn’t and so he became quite frustrated with their never-ending stories.
There is some question about whether Attorney General Loretta Lynch, an Obama appointee, will pursue the case seriously. However, FBI Director James Comey has pledged that politics will not affect the ongoing investigation into Clinton’s emails, according to Politico.
“I love the FBI because we aspire to, and I think we are, three things: We’re honest, we’re competent, we’re independent. We’re not perfect. We’re competent, we’re independent,” Comey said in response to an audience member’s question during an appearance at Kenyon College in Ohio.
“I’ve stayed close to that investigation to ensure that it’s done that way. That we have the resources, the technology, the people and that there’s no outside influence.”