Trials & Litigation

Clinton lawyers fight deposition in Judicial Watch suit over emails

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Lawyers from Williams & Connolly told a federal judge on Monday that there is no need to depose Hillary Clinton in a lawsuit over her use of a private email server filed by Judicial Watch.

Lead lawyer David Kendall said there is already a “voluminous record” about the email controversy, and many of Judicial Watch’s topics “bear no rational connection” to the “narrow legal question” allowed in the discovery grant, the National Law Journal (sub. req.) reports.

The public records suit is seeking testimony from Clinton about why and how her private email server was set up, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog reports. The Associated Press also has a story.

“Judicial Watch has answers to the questions that are relevant to the disputed issue of fact in this case. The fact that Judicial Watch does not like those answers does not warrant more discovery,” Kendall wrote.

If Clinton is ordered to answer questions, she should be allowed to provide information in writing, Kendall said in a footnote.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan of Washington, D.C., ruled in February that Clinton aides could be deposed in the lawsuit. He didn’t decide at that time whether Clinton could be deposed.

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