Clinton must answer to legal group
A federal judge Friday ordered Hillary Clinton to answer questions in writing from a conservative legal advocacy group about her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.
U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan issued the order as part of a long-running public-records lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch. The judge’s decision is only a partial victory for the group, which had sought to question the Democratic presidential nominee in person and under oath.
The judge said Judicial Watch must submit its questions to Clinton by Oct. 14 and gave Clinton 30 days to respond — a timetable that could push her answers past the November presidential election unless Judicial Watch sends its questions earlier than mid-October.
Judicial Watch is among several groups, including the Associated Press, that have sued the State Department over access to government records from Clinton’s tenure as the nation’s top diplomat between 2009 and 2013.
Republicans are pressing to keep the issue of Clinton’s email use alive after the FBI closed its investigation last month without recommending criminal charges.
In a separate development Friday, former Secretary of State Colin Powell said he once sent Clinton a memo touting his use of a personal email account for work-related messages after she took over at the State Department in 2009.
In a statement, Powell said he emailed Clinton describing his use of a personal AOL account for unclassified messages while leading the State Department under President George W. Bush. Powell, a Republican, said he told Clinton his use of personal email “vastly improved” communications within the department, which at the time did not have an equivalent internal system.
Powell said the FBI may have obtained a copy of his memo to Clinton during its yearlong investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server to handle sensitive information during her time as secretary. Powell said he used a secure computer on his desk at the State Department to manage classified information.