Let me introduce you to Tom Fitton.
For those that don’t know him, he’s the man behind Judicial Watch, and he’s spent the last two years aggressively going after Hillary Clinton through the Court systems.
Some might even say he’s done more than Jeff Sessions during those two years.
And he just scored a major victory.
A Federal Judge ruled in his favor and agreed that Hillary Clinton must answer his questions under oath!
Take a look:
The Washington Examiner explained more:
Hillary Clinton must answer more questions under oath regarding her emails, a conservative watchdog group declared Wednesday.
"Breaking: Court rules late today Hillary Clinton must answer more email questions — including key q's about the setting up of her email system," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton tweeted after a hearing in federal court.
U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan heard the case, which stems from a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit regarding the controversial employment status of longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin, who was granted a "special government employee" designation to accept outside employment while she was working at the State Department.
Judicial Watch sought to compel further answers from Clinton after her written testimony under oath in October 2016 regarding her Clinton.com, non-state.gov email system.
The two questions Clinton will have to answer within 30 days, per Sullivan's ruling are:
- Describe the creation of the clintonemail.com system, including who decided to create the system, the date it was decided to create the system, why it was created, who set it up, and when it became operational.
- During your October 22, 2015 appearance before the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Benghazi, you testified that 90 to 95 percent of your emails “were in the State’s system” and “if they wanted to see them, they would certainly have been able to do so.” Identify the basis for this statement, including all facts on which you relied in support of the statement, how and when you became aware of these facts, and, if you were made aware of these facts by or through another person, identify the person who made you aware of these facts.
In a phone conversation with the Washington Examiner, Fitton, who said he was joined in the courtroom Wednesday only by Michael Bekesha, a member Judicial Watch's legal team, said it ruling was a "great development."
However, he said it was "outrageous" that the two years into the Trump administration that the Justice Department and State Department were still "defending Hillary Clinton."
Clinton's use of an unauthorized private email server to handle government business during her time as secretary of state has been the subject to a great deal of controversy and investigations, including one by the FBI which determined that Clinton's team was "extremely careless" in handling classified information. The agency did not, however, recommend criminal charges against anyone involved with Clinton's private email network.
The watchdog group, along with the media, additionally sought to make public audiovisual recordings of the depositions from top Clinton aides and State Department officials, including Abedin and Cheryl Mills. However, Fitton said their request to unseal them was denied.
Fitton told the Washington Examiner that Judicial Watch was not successful in also seeking to force testimony from John Bentel, the State Department's former director of information resource management of the executive secretariat, who asserted his right under the Fifth Amendment and did not answer deposition questions.
The questions, all related to her emails, touched on whether she recalled being advised about possible violations of federal record-keeping laws by using a private email account to conduct official State Department business.
On the question about the "creation" of the clintonemail.com system, Clinton's team had replied that it was "outside the scope of permitted discovery," noting that the court "permitted discovery in this case on the question of 'the purpose for the creation and operation of the clintonemail.com system for State Department business.'"
Sullivan, however, decided that the question about the creation of the email system was within the scope of discovery.