On Monday, a federal judge granted a request that orders Hillary Clinton to sit for a sworn deposition.
The conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch, submitted the request. They still have questions about Clinton’s use of a private email server when conducting government business.
Hillary Clinton Offered Counter-Argument Over Private Emails
Clinton has already argued that she shouldn’t have to sit down to answer questions about the private emails once again, saying she’s already done so. A high-profile investigation already happened in 2016. It did not result in any charges.
However, D.C. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth says the responses Clinton gave in the past still 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,” said Lamberth.
Federal Judge Found Written Answers by Hillary Clinton Unacceptable
The judge did recognize that Clinton responded to written questions in the separate case, but explained, “those responses were either incomplete, unhelpful or cursory at best.”
“Simply put, her responses left many more questions than answers,” and using written questions “will only muddle any understanding of Secretary Clinton’s state of mind and fail to capture the full picture, thus delaying the final disposition of this case even further.”
The ruling was made after Judicial Watch revealed that the FBI released “approximately thirty previously undisclosed Clinton emails” during a December 2019 status conference. They also “failed to fully explain” where the emails came from.
Although the State Department has been pushing for the discovery phase to end, Lamberth says he isn’t ready, stating that “there is still more to learn.”
Judicial Watch Also Requested Information About Benghazi
Judge Lamberth also granted Judicial Watch’s request to depose former Clinton chief of staff, Cheryl Mills. They want to question Mills and Clinton about the aftermath of the 2012 Benghazi attack. The questions center around emails, cellular phone usage and more.
Lamberth stated that they “cannot be questioned about the underlying actions taken after the Benghazi attack.”
They can be questioned, however, about “their knowledge of the existence of any emails, documents, or text messages related to the Benghazi attack.”