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Hillary Clinton’s Desperate Appeal to Escape Judicial Watch Testimony

Last week’s court-order of Hillary Clinton’s testimony before Judicial Watch attorneys is nothing short of a “great victory.” This week’s Judicial Watch Weekly Update focuses on the content of her recent “desperate” appeal – examining the history of the case and the process going forward.

Last week’s court order for Hillary Clinton’s deposition was, in Fitton’s words a “big victory on behalf of the rule of law and accountability,” a motion which overcame the “objections from the State Department, the Justice Department, Hillary Clinton, and her colleague Cheryl Mills.” However, the conversation changed this week with Clinton and Mills’ petition for a writ of mandamus, which while “not technically” an appeal, practically attempts to “get the court to interviene in a dramatic fashion to overturn the [previous] lower court ruling.” In practical terms, an appeal which Fitton describes as a “desperate attempt by Mrs. Clinton to avoid answering any tough questions about her email scandal.” 

Fitton reminds his viewers that while Clinton was questioned by the FBI (“not under oath to be clear”) and Congress, she has never been questioned in any “significant way on the FOIA” or other her activities while serving as the secretary of state. In testifying before Judicial Watch attorneys, the Judge is looking for “a serious set of questions asked directly of Mrs. Clinton,” specifically the following three according to Fitton:

    1. “Did Hillary Clinton used this system to evade FOIA?”
    2. “Was the Court being gamed by the Justice Department and State Department in shutting the case down before telling us about the emails?” 
    3. “Where are all the other emails?”

In light of the court receiving “all sorts of new information about Hillary Clinton’s email system, including the fact that “the Trump Justice Department and FBI were finding new Clinton emails as recently as a few months ago,” the judge has described the efforts by Clinton’s defense team to call this case “moot,” i.e. “meaning there is no controversy,” as “preposterous,” Fitton continues. What’s more, Judicial Watch’s investigations have led to the discovery of the secretary’s text messages which she used “to conduct government business,” as mentioned in this clip from the Weekly Update. With more Clinton information 

Now in the hands of the appellate court, the judge could “dismiss us or set up a briefing schedule.”  “We’ll keep you updated,” Fitton continues, reminding his viewers that “if she wasn’t nervous about the testimony, she wouldn’t be doing this gambit before the court.”