United States District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ordered on Friday, that Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Nominee for President, would have to answer questions from a conservative watchdog group about her use of a private email server when she served as Secretary of State. The federal judge made the decision in regards to a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch. The group had sought to question Clinton under oath and in person, but the judge ruled she would only have to answer questions in writing.
In his decision Judge Sullivan stated that, “Judicial Watch has failed to demonstrate that it cannot obtain the discovery it seeks through other, less burdensome or intrusive means such as interrogatories.” The ruling means Clinton won’t be forced under oath to answer questions she will answer questions in a written format.
Judicial Watch, conservative group that has worked feverish to publicize emails that Clinton wrote while Secretary of State through the Freedom of Information Act. Director of Investigations for Judicial Watch stated after Judge Sullivan’s decision that, “Judicial Watch will get Clinton under oath regarding the set-up of her outlaw server – something no other person, organization or agency has been able to do, to date,” Sullivan also stated that, “We believe it is a victory for law and order to get Hillary Clinton under oath answering questions about the server setup and why she did it.”
Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon said of the Judge’s decision that, “Judicial Watch is a right-wing organization that has been attacking the Clintons since the 1990s.” Fallon also said that “this is just another lawsuit intended to try to hurt Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and so we are glad that the judge has accepted our offer to answer these questions in writing rather than grant Judicial Watch’s request.”
Judge Sullivan ruled that Judicial Watch must submit questions to Secretary Clinton by October 14th then he also gave Clinton 30 days to respond. The decision that gave Clinton 30 days to respond to the questions also mean the answers won’t be available for election day.
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