Trials & Litigation

Judge orders depositions in Judicial Watch suit over Clinton emails

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Decrying “a constant drip, drip, drip of declarations” regarding Hillary Clinton’s emails, a federal judge has ordered deposition testimony by Clinton aides and State Department officials.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled on Tuesday in a freedom of information suit filed by Judicial Watch, report the Washington Post, the Washington Times, the Hill and Reuters.

Sullivan ordered the parties to submit a plan for the depositions and said it was possible he would order Clinton and her aide, Huma Abedin, to turn over all emails from her private server, not just those considered work-related.

Judicial Watch is seeking information on Abedin’s role. According to the Washington Post, for a span of six months Abedin worked for multiple employers: the State Department, the Clinton Foundation, Clinton’s personal office, and a private consulting firm connected to the Clintons.

According to Reuters, Sullivan’s order “is likely to add to the uncertainty hovering over Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for the November U.S. presidential election, about the legal consequences of her decision to exclusively use a private email server in her New York home for her government work.”

Sullivan has sat on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia since 1994, when he was appointed to the position by President Bill Clinton, according to the court’s website. Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush also appointed Sullivan to judicial positions during their own tenures.

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