“Emailgate” hasn’t gone as planned for Hillary. After trying to play this off as a “phony” scandal early on, her lies started unraveling quickly.She told us there was no classified information sent through her private server – but we have a few hundred emails to prove that wrong. Even the staunchest Democrat who wants to try to write this off as a Republican attack on Hillary has to ponder why the FBI is investigating the situation.
The latest development in the case doesn’t bode well for Hillary. As the Washington Post reports: A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that State Department officials and top aides to Hillary Clinton should be questioned under oath about whether they intentionally thwarted federal open records laws by using or allowing the use of a private email server throughout Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.
A State Department official said that the department is aware of the order and that it is reviewing it but declined to comment further, citing the ongoing litigation. Discovery orders are not readily appealable. An attorney for Abedin declined to comment.
Sullivan set an April deadline for parties to work out a detailed investigative plan–subject to court approval–that would reach well beyond the limited and carefully worded explanations of the use of the private server that department and Clinton officials have given.In granting Judicial Watch’s request, Sullivan noted that there was no dispute that senior State Department officials were aware of the email set-up, citing a January 2009 email exchange including Undersecretary for Management Patrick F. Kennedy, Clinton chief of staff Cheryl D. Mills and Abedin about establishing a “stand-alone network” email system.
If Hillary is going down, her staff is going down with her. Marco Rubio once joked that if Hillary does become president, she may be the first president to pardon herself. A few names may have to be added to that list.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]