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Hillary Clinton must answer interrogatories in email suit; nearly 15,000 documents uncovered?

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Hillary Clinton will have to answer written questions about her use of a private server for State Department emails in a public records lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled (PDF) on Friday that Judicial Watch may serve written interrogatories on Clinton, but the group is not entitled to take her deposition, report Bloomberg Politics, the National Law Journal (sub. req.) and the New York Times.

Sullivan also allowed Judicial Watch to question a senior State Department aide accused of instructing subordinates not to discuss their concerns about the email.

Judicial Watch has until Oct. 14 to submit questions, and Clinton has 30 days to answer them.

The FBI, meanwhile, has turned over documents to Congress from its probe of Clinton’s use of a private server, including an interview with Clinton.

The FBI probe found 14,900 documents that were not among the 30,000 work-related emails returned to the State Department by Clinton’s lawyers, Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton tells the Washington Post. The State Department and Judicial Watch plan to work out a plan for their release. It’s unclear how many of those documents might be duplicates or shielded from release, according to the Post.

In July, the FBI recommended that no charges be brought against Clinton.

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