VIA| The conservative non-profit Judicial Watch has been filing legal motions so the American people can learn the truth about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s illegally-run home email server, which was used to transmit classified information.
For months, the State Department’s top aides have been claiming they cannot be called testify against their former boss (Clinton) and have so far refused to do so.
Now, a U.S. District Judge has said Clinton’s aides MUST testify under oath about their involvement in the intentional thwarting of America’s open records laws through Hillary’s private emails server! This is the worst news Hillary Clinton could have today:
The decision by U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of Washington came in a lawsuit over public records brought by Judicial Watch, a conservative legal watchdog group, regarding its May 2013 request, for information about the employment arrangement of Huma Abedin, a longtime Clinton aide.
A State Department official said that the department is aware of the order and that it is reviewing it but declined to comment further, citing the ongoing litigation. Discovery orders are not readily appealable. An attorney for Abedin declined to comment.
Sullivan set an April deadline for parties to work out a detailed investigative plan–subject to court approval–that would reach well beyond the limited and carefully worded explanations of the use of the private server that department and Clinton officials have given.
Sullivan also suggested from the bench that he might at some point order the department to subpoena Clinton and Abedin, to return all records related to Clinton’s private account, not just those their camps have previously deemed work-related and returned.
“There has been a constant drip, drip, drip of declarations. When does it stop?” Sullivan said, adding that months of piecemeal revelations about Clinton and the State Department’s handling of the email controversy create “at least a ‘reasonable suspicion’ ” that public access to official government records under the federal Freedom of Information Act was undermined. “This case is about the public’s right to know.”
In granting Judicial Watch’s request, Sullivan noted that there was no dispute that senior State Department officials were aware of the email set-up, citing a January 2009 email exchange including Undersecretary for Management Patrick F. Kennedy, Clinton chief of staff Cheryl D. Mills and Abedin about establishing a “stand-alone network” email system.
There are many questions about Abedin especially, as she worked for the State Department, the Clinton Foundation, and Hillary Clitnon’s personal office at the same time… while also doing consulting work with a Clinton-related consulting firm. Hillary’s top aides have key information about what records were released or kept from the public, which is why this court ruling is a major victory for the American people.
Open records laws are essential to exposing Hillary’s Nixon-like coverup activities with her staff. If there was a planned process for systematically withholding records that were easily releasable, this will only EXPAND the FBI’s criminal probe.