March 29, 2016: The State Department will need to reveal more on why they kept Clinton’s emails secret.

Judge Royce Lamberth (Credit: DC District / US Courts)

Judge Royce Lamberth (Credit: DC District / US Courts)

US District Court Judge Royce Lamberth declares that Judicial Watch is entitled to more details on how Clinton’s private email account was integrated into the State Department record-keeping system and why it wasn’t searched in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Lamberth refers to “constantly shifting admissions by the government and the former government officials.” He says, “Where there is evidence of government wrong-doing and bad faith, as here, limited discovery is appropriate, even though it is exceedingly rare in FOIA cases.” “Discovery” will allow Judicial Watch access to more information, and often includes depositions of targeted people.

The State Department has been slow responding to a FOIA request file in May 2014 about the government response to the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.

A different judge granted Judicial Watch discovery in a related case in February 2016. (Politico, 3/29/2016)

May 16, 2016: Clinton may be forced to testify under oath in a civil lawsuit related to her emails.

Judicial Watch formally asks US District Court Judge Royce Lamberth for permission to depose Clinton as part of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit.

This is actually one of two similar cases involving Judicial Watch and Clinton. In the other case, handled by federal judge Emmet Sullivan, Judicial Watch has not asked for Clinton’s deposition yet, but they may do so in the future, and they are deposing some of her former aides. In this case, Clinton could be forced to testify under oath about her use of a private email account for government work as well as the State Department’s response to FOIA requests for information related to the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack. (Politico, 05/16/2016)

May 26, 2016: Justice Department lawyers are “wholly opposed” to Clinton being deposed in a civil suit related to her emails.

Justice Department lawyers oppose Judicial Watch’s request that Clinton give a sworn deposition. There are two closely related civil suits in which Judicial Watch has been granted the right of discovery, allowing them to depose witnesses. Six of Clinton’s former aides are already being deposed in the suit presided over by federal judge Emmet Sullivan.

Judicial Watch recently requested that Clinton be deposed in the other suit, presided over by federal judge Royce Lamberth. However, department lawyers argue that Lamberth should let the depositions in the other case play out before allowing Clinton to be deposed in his case. They call the request “wholly inappropriate,” adding, “Judicial Watch makes no attempt here to justify why the witnesses it names would provide any relevant information that is not redundant and cumulative of the discovery that has already been ordered and initiated.”

However, while they oppose Clinton being deposed, they do not oppose Judicial Watch’s request to depose former Clinton aide Jake Sullivan. So far, Judicial Watch has not asked for Clinton or Sullivan to be deposed in the other suit. (Politico, 5/27/2016)