A brave federal judge has completely overruled the Department of Justice and ordered Hillary Clinton to answer questions about her use of a private email server when she served as secretary of state. U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan issued the order as part of a lawsuit by conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch.
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The group had sought to question Clinton under oath and in person, but the judge ruled she would only have to answer questions in writing.
FBI Director James Comey announced last month that the agency would not seek criminal charges against Clinton after an investigation into her email use, although he concluded she been “extremely careless” in her handling of sensitive material.But reports from last week show that FBI Director James Comey has decided to flex his muscles and ignore the DoJ’s request that he cease investigating the Clinton Foundation for criminal activity.
Judicial Watch’s Director of Investigations Chris Farrell said that while they would have preferred to have Hillary answer questions in person, the decision represented a victory for the organization.
“Judicial Watch will get Clinton under oath regarding the set-up of her outlaw server – something no other person, organization or agency has been able to do, to date,” he said.
“We believe it is a victory for law and order to get Hillary Clinton under oath answering questions about the server setup and why she did it,” he said.
Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon said the campaign was glad that the judge had allowed Hillary to answer questions in writing.
“Judicial Watch is a right-wing organization that has been attacking the Clintons since the 1990s,” Fallon said. “This is just another lawsuit intended to try to hurt Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and so we are glad that the judge has accepted our offer to answer these questions in writing rather than grant Judicial Watch’s request.”
Judge Sullivan said Judicial Watch must submit its questions to Clinton by Oct. 14 and gave Clinton 30 days to respond — a timetable that could push Clinton’s answers past the November election unless Judicial Watch sends its questions earlier than mid-October.
Judicial Watch is among several groups that have sued the government over access to records about Hillary’s service as secretary of state.