(RightWingAmericans.com)- Hillary Clinton and her legal team are fighting hard in court to try to avoid deposition about her email scandal when she was Secretary of State under former President Barack Obama.
Clinton has been challenging the deposition since back in March when U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth granted the request of Judicial Watch (a conservative watchdog group) to depose her regarding the scandal. They were also granted a request to depose Cheryl Mills, Clinton’s former chief of staff.
The group wants to question Clinton about her use of a private email server for classified emails that pertained to her official business as a Cabinet member. Clinton has said the issue was an “innocent lapse of judgment.”
Others have accused her of deliberately flouting Freedom of Information Act requests in an attempt to cover up material that is controversial. The biggest event in question is her handling of the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, on the United States embassy there.
The attorneys for the former failed presidential candidate have claimed the “real purpose” for wanting a deposition of their client is “harassment.” A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in the case last week.
On the other side, Ramona Cotca, an attorney for Judicial Watch, said:
“It is certainly within the authority of the district court to hear from the agency head herself about whether there was intent.”
Cotca said that intent was to “short-circuit this process by using the most potent weapon in the judicial arsenal to prevent the district court from ever being able to reach a determination of whether there was ever an adequate search.”
The attorneys for Clinton requested the court issue what’s known as a writ of mandamus. That would force Lamberth to reverse his decision from March.
But whether they’ll be successful in that effort is up in the air at this point. At least one of the judges on the panel, Robert Wilkins, may be siding with Judicial Watch. During the oral arguments, he asked:
“Why wouldn’t it be relevant to depose Secretary Clinton or Ms. Mills to clarify who may have corresponded with either of them or in general about the Benghazi talking points?”
The Department of Justice thus far hasn’t commented directly on the case. They’ve only said they didn’t support issuing a writ of mandamus.
Tom Fitton, the president of Judicial Watch, said the DOJ’s stance has basically been “we just want to get through these Clinton email cases. We just want to end them and keep it behind us.” His response to that was anger at the DOJ for not displaying “one wit of concern about the misconduct, about the accountability.”
He continued, directing a question at Attorney General William Barr:
“Why on earth would you allow your attorneys to come into court and basically dismiss the concerns of tens of millions of Americans about the misconduct of Hillary Clinton?”
Regardless of the decision by the three-judge panel, the case is likely to be appealed again by either side.