Clinton lawyers head to court to block deposition over private emails

Attorneys for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton filed a motion in federal court on Tuesday seeking to prevent the former Secretary from being deposed by legal watchdog Judicial Watch in the midst of her campaign for the White House.

This is the first time Clinton’s personal attorneys have addressed lawsuits directed at the Democratic nominee.

In Tuesday’s filing by Clinton attorney David Kendall, legal advisers cite Clinton’s testimony in front of the Select Committee on Benghazi and State probes as sufficient and Clinton should remain immune from further legal inquiries regarding her private email system.

“Despite this public testimony and the various investigative reports, Judicial Watch claims that it needs to depose Secretary Clinton, a former Cabinet Secretary, about six purportedly unanswered questions. The record, however, already answers those questions or makes clear that Secretary Clinton has no personal knowledge to provide,” Tuesday’s filing read.

Judicial Watch seeks testimony from Clinton on whether the personal server was installed to thwart requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Addressing two similar FOIA suits, U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan has set a date for one hearing related to a request for employment records related to Clinton aide, Huma Abedin, for Monday.

Following Judicial Watch’s filing and Clinton’s response, the State Department filed a motion to oppose Clinton’s deposition.

Judicial Watch president, Tom Fitton, responded:

“It is no surprise that neither Hillary Clinton nor the Obama State Department agrees with our request to depose Mrs. Clinton.  It is both significant and disturbing that Hillary Clinton now asserts a private ‘claim of right” over her non-state.gov email account, including any of the 55,000 pages of federal records she returned to the State Department.”

Although national general election polls shows a tightening race between the two major party candidates, so-called “swing states” are almost exclusively polling in favor of Clinton, with the Democratic candidate leading in Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Virginia, North Carolina and Colorado.

 

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