In March, A Federal Judge Ruled That Hillary Clinton Must Testify In Email Case

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The "controversy arguably dealt her Democratic candidacy for the White House in 2016 a fatal blow."

According to CNBC, a judge ordered Hillary Clinton in March to “testify at a deposition for a lawsuit related to her use of a private email computer server for official business while working as secretary of State in the Obama administration.”

  • The order means Clinton will have to answer questions from lawyers for the conservative advocacy group Judicial Watch.
  • “It is time to hear directly from Secretary Clinton,” said Judge Royce Lamberth in his order issued in US District Court in Washington, DC, where Judicial Watch is suing the State Department over its handling of searches for Clinton’s emails.

“As extensive as the existing record is, it does not sufficiently explain Secretary Clinton’s state of mind when she decided it would be an acceptable practice to set up and use a private server to conduct State Department business,” Lamberth wrote.

  • Lamberth’s order limits questioning of Clinton to “her reasons for using a private server and her understanding of State’s records management obligations.”
  • Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, said, “We’re pleased to finally be able to depose her directly on this.” His testimony from others revealed that Clinton was cautioned “half a dozen times about these issues” related to her use of a private email server.
  • In July 2016, then-FBI Director James Comey “publicly announced that he was not recommending that any criminal charges be filed against Clinton. But Comey also said that she had been ‘extremely careless’ in using the server,” the report stated.
  • In late October 2016, just before the presidential election, Comey revealed to Congress that the FBI was reviewing emails from the server that had been newly discovered.

“The public disclosure of that probe so close to the election outraged Democrats,” CNBC wrote. This “controversy arguably dealt her Democratic candidacy for the White House in 2016 a fatal blow, and helped elect Donald Trump president.”

No date had been scheduled for Clinton’s deposition yet, according to the March CNBC report.

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