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Former Obama Officials Ordered By Judge To Answer Questions Over Clinton Emails


Via SaraCarter.com,

A federal judge ordered multiple senior Obama Administration officials, State Department officials and former Hillary Clinton aides Thursday to provide answers under oath to questions requested by Judicial Watch after a roughly four year court battle.

Judicial Watch, a leading conservative non-profit watchdog group, announced the schedule of depositions in their case in a press release Thursday.  The Judicial Watch questions regard two separate cases regarding the Obama administration’s actions during the Benghazi terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate and CIA Annex in Libya, and Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server to send classified government emails.

“Judicial Watch is doing the heavy lifting on the ongoing Clinton email scandal, even as Congress dropped the ball and DOJ and State continued to obstruct our quest for the truth,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton, in a press release Thursday.

“The Court in our case wants real answers on the Clinton email scandal which is why our request for basic discovery was granted.”

District Judge Royce C. Lamberth ordered senior officials — including Susan Rice, Ben Rhodes, Jacob Sullivan, and FBI official E.W. Priestap – to respond under oath and submit the answers in writing to the questions provided by Judicial Watch. The decision from Lamberth was made this past January.

Lamberth ordered the discovery from the watchdog’s July 2014 FOIA lawsuit,  which was filed after the State Department failed to respond to an earlier request made May 13, 2014.

Judicial Watch requests: 


Copies of any updates and/or talking points given to Ambassador Rice by the White House or any federal agency concerning, regarding, or related to the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.


Any and all records or communications concerning, regarding, or relating to talking points or updates on the Benghazi attack given to Ambassador Rice by the White House or any federal agency.

Judicial Watch’s discovery will seek answers to:


Whether Clinton intentionally attempted to evade the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by using a non-government email system;


whether the State Department’s efforts to settle this case beginning in late 2014 amounted to bad faith; and


whether the State Department adequately searched for records responsive to Judicial Watch’s FOIA request.

The confirmed discovery schedule now includes:


March 12: State Department’s responses to interrogatories and document requests were due.


March 14: Deposition of Justin Cooper, a former aide to Bill Clinton who reportedly had no security clearance and is believed to have played a key role in setting up Hillary Clinton’s non-government email system.


April 5: Deposition of John Hackett, a State Department records official “immediately responsible for responding to requests for records under the Freedom of Information Act.”


April 16: Deposition of Jacob “Jake” Sullivan, Hillary Clinton’s former senior advisor and deputy chief of staff.


April 23: Deposition of Sheryl Walter, former State Department Director of the Office of Information Programs and Services/Global Information Services.


April 26: Deposition of Gene Smilansky, a State Department lawyer.


April 30. Deposition of Monica Tillery, a State Department official.


May 7: Deposition of Jonathon Wasser, who was a management analyst on the Executive Secretariat staff. Wasser worked for Deputy Director Clarence Finney and was the State Department employee who actually conducted the searches for records in response to FOIA requests to the Office of the Secretary.


May 14: Deposition of Clarence Finney, the deputy director of the Executive Secretariat staff who was the principal advisor and records management expert in the Office of the Secretary responsible for control of all correspondence and records for Hillary Clinton and other State Department officials.


June 11: 30(b)(6) Deposition, which will be designated by the State Department.


June 13: Deposition of Heather Samuelson, the former State Department senior advisor who helped facilitate the State Department’s receipt and release of Hillary Clinton’s emails.

To Be Determined


As yet to be determined is the deposition date for Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security Eric Boswell, who wrote a March 2, 2009, internal memorandum titled “Use of Blackberries on Mahogany Row,” in which he strongly advised that the devices not be allowed.

Written questions under oath are to be answered by:


Monica Hanley, Hillary Clinton’s former confidential assistant at the State Department.


Lauren Jiloty, Clinton’s former special assistant.


E.W. Priestap, who is serving as assistant director of the FBI’s counterintelligence division and helped oversee both the Clinton email and the 2016 presidential campaign investigations. Priestap testified in a separate lawsuit that Clinton was the subject of a grand jury investigation related to her BlackBerry email accounts.


Susan Rice, President Obama’s former UN ambassador who appeared on Sunday television news shows following the Benghazi attacks, blaming a “hateful video.” Rice was also Obama’s national security advisor involved in the “unmasking” the identities of senior Trump officials caught up in the surveillance of foreign targets.


Ben Rhodes, an Obama-era White House deputy strategic communications adviser who attempted to orchestrate a campaign to “reinforce” Obama and to portray the Benghazi consulate terrorist attack as being “rooted in an Internet video, and not a failure of policy.”

via zerohedge


  1. Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch proves that perseverance pays off BIG TIME. It may have taken a few years but Fitton’s Legal Gotcha is finally here with court approval…Getting all of these people under oath will finally expose this Cabal that was orchestrated by Hillary and her gang of criminal minds. Imagine what would have happened if she became president…The DOJ, FBI and these creatures were all counting on all of this crap being swept under the nearest rug and the American taxpayers would have once again been Fucked…it’s all part of the “Deep State!” I admire Mr. Fitton and I have contributed to Judicial Watch and encourage everyone within the sound of my voice to contribute…we have very few heroes these days in Washington, but Tom Fitton proves that eventually our laws will and must be used to bring down corrupt people like the Clintons who stuffed their pockets with hundreds of millions and believed they were above the law…Just their financial crimes in Tahiti is enough to put them in orange jumpsuits—they collected $13 BILLION and only built 6 houses reveals the disgusting contempt they showed to those who donate such money to enrich themselves, and if not, to tell us where the money went! FITTON WILL FINALLY PROVE, NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW!

    • Judicial Watch is the only organization that I can be assured that is objectively seeking the truth. As the Mueller investigation is winding down, there has been new releases of closed door testimony from Bruce Ohr, Lisa Page and Peter Strozk. And the content is pretty revealing as to the efforts taken to make the investigation on Trump a reality. The true indicator of how bad the documents reflect on the FBI and the Justice Dept. under President Obama is how the Democrats and the media have not uttered a single response. I suspect the timing of the releases has something to do with the closure of the Mueller investigation.

    • Thanks for donating to Judicial Watch. I agree that Tom Fitton and Judicial Watch have been phenomenal in helping to expose the corruption in Washington, D.C. I would also encourage others to give them a generous donation.

  2. I will be surprised if anything comes of the heroic efforts of Tom Fitton. Jim Jordan too, all futile attempts to bring down something so widespread in Washington DC that is truly too big to prosecute.
    Everyone was in on it. Even republicans. They will stop it any way they can, even Clinton style, you know, suicide by four bullets.

  3. Everyone knows that BATHHOUSE Barry was scandal free. Ask anyone in his cabinet. The doj and FBI have been saying this for years.the CIA will corroborate. Still not enough proof? Ask Colbert, anderson, Todd, Dickerson. What more do you want?

  4. So Very Glad to Hopefully bring All those Vial Snakes from hiding, brought to Justice, spending Many Years behind Prison Bars, and the American peoples getting
    Full justice!!!!!! NO ONE IS ABOVE OUR LAWS!!!!!

  5. Our Country is well-served by JW and Tom Fitton to hold our government accountable. It’s sad that government oversight is biased by politics. Our government is broken. Completely inefficient.

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