Monday, June 20, 2016

The Lawyers Who Could Take Down Hillary Clinton’s Campaign

Daily Beast
Shane Harris
To Team Clinton, they’re ‘everything wrong with our politics.’ In conservative circles, they’re heroes—and maybe the best positioned to dig up dirt that could poison Hillary 2016.
In February, a federal judge took the highly unusual step of ruling that State Department officials and aides to Hillary Clinton should be questioned under oath about her use of a private email server, a controversy that has dogged the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee for more than a year.
In comments from the bench, a visibly frustrated Judge Emmet Sullivan complained about the fragmentary way that new revelations about Clinton’s email use have come to light—largely through press reports and leaks and her shifting explanations for why she set up the server in her New York home rather than use an official “.gov” account when she was secretary of state.
“This is a constant drip… That’s what we’re having here, you know, and it needs to stop,” Sullivan said. He ruled that Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group that had brought a lawsuit answers about Clinton’s email server, could question six officials and top Clinton aides about why the email system was set up in the first place and how it was used. Transcripts of those interviews must be made public.
Judicial Watch celebrated the ruling. It would like to see that drip turned into a rushing stream, one that might carry Clinton away for good. And depositions of Clinton’s closest associates and colleagues are a powerful means to unearth new information and ensure that the controversy over her email system doesn’t fade from the headlines.

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