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Posted on 07/09/2016 10:26:24 AM PDT by jazusamo
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Judicial Watch Seeks Testimony of Hillary Clinton
First the good news, the FBI/Justice Department cover-up wont derail Judicial Watchs independent effort to get at the truth about the Clinton email scandal.
In fact, a few hours ago we submitted to a federal court judge a request for permission to depose former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
We also asked permission to depose the Director of Office of Correspondence and Records of the Executive Secretariat (S/ES-CRM) Clarence Finney; and the former Director of Information Resource Management of the Executive Secretariat (S/ES-IRM) John Bentel.
Our request arises in a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit before U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan that seeks records about the controversial employment status of Huma Abedin, former deputy chief of staff to Clinton. The lawsuit was reopened because of revelations about the clintonemail.com system. ( Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:13-cv-01363)).
Judge Sullivan almost immediately issued a court order, just as your Weekly Update went to press, scheduling a hearing on the issue on July 18.
As you know, the court previously granted discovery on the clintonemail.com system, and we have deposed seven former Clinton top aides and current State Department officials, including top Clinton aides Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin . We also deposed IT official Brian Pagliano, who asserted his Fifth Amendment right not to testify during the deposition . In granting Judicial Watchs initial discovery motion, the court ruled that Judicial Watch may seek permission for Hillary Clintons testimony, if necessary. Todays brief argues that the Clinton testimony is necessary:
[Judicial Watch] recognizes the significance of asking a former agency head and presumptive nominee for president to sit for a deposition. As the primary driving force behind and principal user of the clintonemail.com system, however, Secretary Clintons testimony is crucial to understanding how and why the system was created and operated. It also is crucial to understanding why the secretary chose to use the system for all her official email communications, not only initially but also after the system proved to be so problematic for the department, top departmental officials, and the secretary herself. Plaintiff has attempted to obtain as much evidence as possible from other State Department officials, but Secretary Clinton is an indispensable witness and significant questions remain, including why records management officials apparently had no knowledge of the system when so many other officials used the system to communicate with her. Consequently, Secretary Clintons deposition is necessary.
Our brief notes, Although significant progress has been made in uncovering evidence concerning the creation and use of the clintonemail.com system and the State Departments approach and practice for processing FOIA requests potentially implicating Secretary Clintons and Ms. Abedins emails, important questions remain. Our brief also points to this weeks findings announced by FBI Director James Comey as providing additional reasons for Clintons testimony:
In his statement announcing the conclusion of the FBI investigation into Clintons email practices, Comey stated, The FBI also discovered several thousand work-related e-mails that were not in the group of 30,000 that were returned by Secretary Clinton to State in 2014. The FBIs finding raises questions about Clintons assertions in her August 8, 2015, declaration that she directed that all her emails on the clintonemail.com system in her custody that were or potentially were federal records be provided to the Department of State and that on information and belief, this has been done. Clintons deposition is necessary to inquire about the basis of these assertions in light of the FBIs finding.
Judicial Watch alerted the State Department and Justice Department last week that we would seek this additional testimony from Clinton and others, but Justice Department lawyers informed us that the State Department opposes the request.
We are seeking the testimony of Finney because, as chief Freedom of Information (FOIA) officer for the Secretarys office, he had day-to-day responsibility for records management and research, including conducting and coordinating searches in response to FOIA requests, during Secretary Clintons and Ms. Abedins tenure.
We are seeking the deposition of Bentel for several reasons. When asked by his staff about Clintons use of a non-state.gov email account to conduct government business, Mr. Bentel instructed them not to discuss the issue. As a result, obtaining Mr. Bentels testimony is essential to determine what he knew, when he knew it, and why he did not share the information with the appropriate State Department employees responsible for responding to FOIA requests.
Hillary Clinton can answer questions about her email practices that no other witness can. Her testimony will help the court determine if, how, and why FOIA was thwarted by the Clinton email system.
Judicial Watch has a separate request for Clintons testimony pending before U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth, who ruled on March 29 that where there is evidence of government wrong-doing and bad faith, as here, limited discovery is appropriate, even though it is exceedingly rare in FOIA cases.
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Excellent. This coupled with her health issues will keep her on her toes
Madam Benghazi is going to buck like a steer & kick like a mule to get out of being deposed by Judicial Watch - she hates them with a passion, among other reasons not to be deposed.
Meanwhile, with her ‘you can’t touch me arrogance’, she’s flinging what Comey said about her back in his face .... privately, I suspect he’s wishing he’d recommended throwing the book at her. She’s also now blaming all those “professionals” in the State Department who sent her classified info ... that she knew nothing about.
My guess is she’s overplaying her hand this time - the public isn’t as gullible, a lot of Dems are mad at her (Rendell was evidently screaming at her campaign staff for having him out there lying for 6 months for her), & she’s throwing way too many people under the bus ... somebody isn’t going to take it lying down. My 2 cents - YMMV.
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Well said...If Judge Sullivan okays her deposition under oath she’s going to go ballistic. She’ll “not recall” and lie when she can and her flock of lawyers will object to most every question but it’ll still be worth it just to see her ticked off that she was forced to do it.
Thanks for linking, it’s a well written piece and true in my view.
When Comey said Hillary Clinton wasn’t “sophisticated enough” to know she was risking national security it was like she was a naive young student just out of college, not a former lawyer, US Senator and the Secretary of State.
A ridiculous thing to say, IMO.
Deleting electronic records and wiping devices clean, conspiring with others to hide the public record sure proves what her intent doesn’t it?
Sorry, all of this is under investigation of the State Department. No answers or witnesses will be available until they complete their investigation in the year 2025.
Finton ought to be going after Dir. Comey for openly lying to the people who have/had faith in that organization....Finton has been after the Clintons for years....they are fixtures of Political corruption and sleaze in our government which taints the rest of Washington. USE THE BALLOT BOX TO REMOVE THE TRAITOROUS TWOSOME FROM AMERICAN POLITICS....THERE ARE SOME BANANA REPUBLICS THAT CAN USE THEM...GIVE ‘EM A ONE WAY TICKET OUT OF THE COUNTRY.
Hillary - she’s rodham to the core...
Maybe the FBI agents that worked on this case should required to give back the pay that they received for working on the Hillary case - since they're incompetents who "lied about Hillary" - according to Her Thighness...
Well, if she gets elected, there's going to be payback for those FBI chumps that worked the case. It's just something Hillary "Cersei Lannister" Clinton does. :)
I am curious:
Why was the F4U-1D selected as the icon?
I have said before that I cannot believe the “Intelligence Community” would ‘allow’ Hilly to become president. She’s already demonstrated she’ll sell out anybody and anything to line her own pockets. Now, the FBI is likely worried about payback .... all the more reason for Hilly to not attain the WH. Perhaps they have their own version of “Mitch Rapp” somewhere .......
Vote for RODHAM
I just like that shot of the F4U, it’s also my screen image.
I hope they video tape it. I would think that Donald Trump would LOVE to use that footage.
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