Conservative group seeks to depose Hillary Clinton over email controversy
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Hillary Clinton hopes to take the presidential oath in January, but there's still a chance she could be taking a different oath much sooner - a judge has agreed to hear more arguments over her controversial emails and decide whether or not she should be deposed on Monday.
The conservative group Judicial Watch filed a civil suit under the Freedom of Information Act in July 2014. In May, the group filed a request seeking Clinton's testimony. This week, Clinton's lawyers filed papers fighting back - a first for them, according to Politico - calling the suit superfluous and unnecessary.
Christopher Farrell, Director of Investigations and Research at Judicial Watch, said the American people deserve to know exactly what went on with Clinton's server.
"It means that the American public would finally get straight answers under oath about what Mrs. Clinton did with her server," he commented. "No one has had that done. The public doesn't have knowledge of what really went on, and now's an opportunity to get her in her own words under oath, describing what she did and why she did it."
In response to those calling the continued court battle a witch hunt, Farrell noted that this deposition would cover a different topic that has nothing to do with the FBI and Department of Justice decisions.
"Well, they answered questions concerning national security crimes. That's not what we're in court over," he explained. "We're in court over an open records question. Mrs. Clinton absconded with federal government records and destroyed some. There's another universe of records the American public is owed, those are the American people's records, not Mrs. Clinton's."
Farrell said the suit originally demanded records about Clinton aide Huma Abedin, and the court already ordered seven of Clinton's staff members to testify, which is why, he said, getting her on record wouldn't be a long shot.
Further testimony from Clinton could come at a highly delicate time, with some polls tightening between her and Donald Trump, who, along with many Republicans, believes the email server may be the issue that wins him the White House.
"If elected, Hillary Clinton would become the first president of the United States who wouldn't be able to pass a background check," said Trump on Monday.
Several briefings may be filed Thursday. On Monday, a judge at the U.S. District Court will hear arguments. Judicial Watch said, if victorious, this could lead to deposing Clinton, a win that the group said it would eventually make public.