Judicial Watch has been fighting through red tape and stonewalling for years and now they’ve got the prize they were after.
Interestingly, pleading the fifth will not be an option.
Hillary will — under oath! — have to explain to the courts why she willfully used a private server for government business, and probably some of the other irregularities in her email-related activities while in public service. Maybe things like wiping smashing devices with hammers and hitting it with bleach bit. Or explaining how classified emails may have wound up on Anthony Weiner’s laptop. The same Weiner who’s laptop was being searched by authorities for any evidence of Child Porn.
The new documents include an October 3, 2016, email to a FBI official in New York that reads:
Just putting this on the record because of the optics of this case.
During the course of my review of a computer seized from Anthony Weiner, a seizure and search of which was authorized by an SDNY [Southern District of New York] Search Warrant, I encountered approximately/at least 340,000 emails stored on the computer. The large number of emails appears to be a result of a mail client program installed on that computer (such as Outlook) that pulled emails from servers belonging to both Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin.
A significant number of these 340,000 emails appeared to be between Huma Abedin and Hillary Clinton (the latter who appears to have used a number of different email addresses). This is based simply a review of the header information. I did not review content of these emails, as the warrant only authorized me to view items that would give me probable cause to believe that CP [child pornography] evidence may reside therein.
Source: Judicial Watch
The Hildebeest objected to the demand for a deposition, claiming to have already answered these questions.
The judge didn’t mince words in his ruling.
Clinton has argued that she has already answered questions about this and should not have to do so again, but D.C. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth said in his ruling that her past responses left much to be desired.
“As extensive as the existing record is, it does not sufficiently explain Secretary Clinton’s state of mind when she decided it would be an acceptable practice to set up and use a private server to conduct State Department business,” Lamberth said.
The judge went on to recognize that while Clinton responded to written questions in a separate case, “those responses were either incomplete, unhelpful, or cursory at best. Simply put her responses left many more questions than answers.” Lamberth said that using written questions this time “will only muddle any understanding of Secretary Clinton’s state of mind and fail to capture the full picture, this delaying the final disposition of this case even further.” — Source: TownHall
Judge Napolitano gave his observations while on ‘Fox And Friends’.
“She has never been deposed under oath on this,” he continued. “She was interrogated, but not under oath, in a secret interrogation by the FBI three days before they exonerated her.”
Additionally, he noted, this deposition will also be videotaped.
“She can’t plead the fifth, right?” asked host Ainsley Earhardt.
“She can’t plead the fifth because the statute of limitations to prosecute her for failure to safeguard state secrets has come and gone. She can’t be prosecuted for that,” he replied. “She could be prosecuted if she lies under oath in this deposition. She is represented in the deposition by lawyers form the Justice Department.”
“The same Justice Department that would prosecute her if she lies under oath,” he added.
If she really wanted to, she could potentially fight that ruling.
The only problem with that being, it would require the cooperation of Bill Barr — the same Bill Barr that was accused of trying to interfere in the Roger Stone case, despite both he and the other prosecutor still calling for prison time.