Hillary Clinton was hoping that EmailGate was behind her, but thanks to a court order, she will soon have to answer questions under oath about why she set up a private, unsecure email server in her home during her four years as secretary of state. A federal judge ruled on Friday that Clinton will have to submit written answers under oath and within 30 days to questions by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that is playing out in Washington, D.C.’s U.S. District Court.
Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, told the Washington Examiner that his group is preparing a set of written questions for Clinton as part of the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that has already extracted hundreds of documents from the State Department.
Fitton said the questionnaire, which Clinton will be forced to complete within 30 days of receipt, will drill down on the Democratic nominee’s shifting stories about why she relied on an unauthorized email network.
Clinton once said she set up the server system for convenience, in order to carry just one device for both personal and work-related communications.
Her story changed after the FBI discovered that she used multiple devices. In place of the convenience defense, she blamed former Secretary of State Colin Powell for coming up with the idea of using a private email system for her State Department work. Powell, of course, has since stated that he has no recollection of the conversation with Clinton.
Tom Fitton told Fox News that Judicial Watch lawyers would be submitting the questions to Mrs. Clinton within the next few weeks.