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Hillary Clinton Lawyers Ask Appeals Court to Overturn Order for Her Deposition

Sedona AZ – Judicial Watch announced today that lawyers for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her former Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills have asked the Court of Appeals to overturn a U.S. District court order granting Judicial Watch’s request for their depositions about Clinton’s emails and Benghazi attack records. Lawyers for Clinton and Mills filed a “Petition for Writ of Mandamus” earlier today.

The Clinton request comes in Judicial Watch’s lawsuit that seeks records concerning “talking points or updates on the Benghazi attack” (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:14-cv-01242)). Judicial Watch famously uncovered in 2014 that the “talking points” that provided the basis for Susan Rice’s false statements were created by the Obama White House. This Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit led directly to the disclosure of the Clinton email system in 2015.

Susan Rice served as the 24th U.S. National Security Advisor from 2013 to 2017 for President Barack Obama.

On March 3, 2020, Judge Lamberth granted Judicial Watch’s request to depose Clinton about her emails and Benghazi attack documents. The court also ordered the deposition of Mills and two other State Department officials. Additionally, the court granted Judicial Watch’s request to subpoena Google for relevant documents and records associated with Clinton’s emails during her tenure at the State Department.

In December 2018, Judge Lamberth first ordered discovery into whether Secretary Clinton’s use of a private email server was intended to stymie FOIA; whether the State Department’s intent to settle this case in late 2014 and early 2015 amounted to bad faith; and whether the State Department has adequately searched for records responsive to Judicial Watch’s request. The court also authorized discovery into whether the Benghazi controversy motivated the cover-up of Clinton’s email. The court ruled that the Clinton email system was “one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency.” The State and Justice Departments continued to defend Clinton’s and the agency’s email conduct.

Judge Lamberth overruled Clinton’s and the State and Justice Department’s objections to limited additional discovery by first noting:

Discovery up until this point has brought to light a noteworthy amount of relevant information, but Judicial Watch requests an additional round of discovery, and understandably so. With each passing round of discovery, the Court is left with more questions than answers.

Additionally, Judge Lamberth said that he is troubled by the fact that both the State Department and Department of Justice want to close discovery in this case:

U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens was murdered in a planned terrorist embassy attack and then his body was dragged through the streets of Benghazi. Judicial Watch famously uncovered in 2014 that the “talking points” for Susan Rice’s false statements about the embassy attack were created by the Obama White House. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit led directly to the now famous disclosure of the Clinton email system in 2015 which the court ruled was “one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency.”

[T]here is still more to learn. Even though many important questions remain unanswered, the Justice Department inexplicably still takes the position that the court should close discovery and rule on dispositive motions. The Court is especially troubled by this. To argue that the Court now has enough information to determine whether State conducted an adequate search is preposterous, especially when considering State’s deficient representations regarding the existence of additional Clinton emails. Instead, the Court will authorize a new round of discovery…

With respect to Clinton, the court found that her prior testimony, mostly through written sworn answers, was not sufficient:

The Court has considered the numerous times in which Secretary Clinton said she could not recall or remember certain details in her prior interrogatory answers. In a deposition, it is more likely that plaintiff’s counsel could use documents and other testimony to attempt to refresh her recollection. And so, to avoid the unsatisfying and inefficient outcome of multiple rounds of fruitless interrogatories and move this almost six-year-old case closer to its conclusion, Judicial Watch will be permitted to clarify and further explore Secretary Clinton’s answers in person and immediately after she gives them. The Court agrees with Judicial Watch – it is time to hear directly from Secretary Clinton.

“This desperate act is yet another attempt by the Clinton machine to delay truth and accountability for her email conduct and how it impacted the people’s ‘right to know’ under FOIA,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.


  1. Obama admin & holding $$ from Pakistan & Chinese hacking says:

    Googled Susan Rice and found under Wikipedia…wait until you read the Rwanda information, shocking and disappointing again. No wonder they had a meltdown over Trump because he didn’t have a reason to protect the government secrets. Never believed in any deep state talk until beginning to wonder now. This is a small snippet of dozens of paragraphs under her biography. Lot of the links go to NYTimes and others that did the articles:

    …On a visit to Pakistan in 2015, Rice warned Pakistani political and military leaders that attacks in Afghanistan by militants based in Pakistan threatened regional security.

    Rice also delivered an invitation from President Obama for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to visit the United States in October. The meetings came at a tense time for Pakistan’s relations with neighboring Afghanistan and archrival India, along with uncertainty over whether the United States would release $300 million in military aid to Pakistan. Media reports suggested the money could be held back if the United States determined Pakistan was not doing enough to combat the Haqqani network, accused of some of the deadliest attacks in neighboring Afghanistan.[66]

    In a 2015 speech on U.S.–China relations, Rice noted the problems of Chinese hacking, saying, “This is not a mild irritation. It is an economic and national security concern to the United States. It puts enormous strain on our bilateral relationship, and it is a critical factor in determining the future trajectory of U.S.–China ties.”[67]

  2. Sawal says:

    I have been looking for this Hillary Clinton article since long time. Thanks author.

  3. April Goff says:

    watch 5G gets pushed thru now we’re back to globalism and reeducation of the masses

  4. Bobbie says:

    Gov. Newsome of California broke his own rules and went to a big wine country party with 15 friends and families. Naughty naughty you would be dictator.

  5. Poinsettia Farmer says:

    Feinstein and Pelosi and Blumenthal, the triad of false propaganda in their Dominion. Check it CISA out. The government’s cyber security infrastructure is certified by 90% of the nation’s Big Tech.

  6. Brendan, VOC says:

    Dr. Alveda King, MLK niece says Antifa and BLM are violence that begets violence and MLK would not condone them.

    She also said the same for media. She said the violence in DC over the weekend was not covered by left wing media. She said begin to focus on 2022 elections (she still is holding out hope that Trump and Republicans win now) and that every Democrat and Republican who doesn’t support the people needs to be sent home in 2020. Smart woman.

  7. Betty says:

    Order John Solomon book on Amazon. Gift it and reread it. Exposes Hillary and more.

  8. Fisher says:

    Tesla proved America first.

  9. Otto Favor says:

    Will Sedona police raid our homes to check if we’re wearing masks and social distancing? Will they accept being defunded? Are the Sedona police willing to put down their guns and weapons and hire social workers to answer 911 calls like the one that they shot and killed the man in west Sedona who had a knife?

    Checking out whether Cuomo is ruler here and not just NY, that guy who shouts ego and money and nonsense about vaccines after killing 6K -10K more New Yorkers than would have died except for his ignorant rulings. Trump sent a ship that went unused because of that idiot Governor.

    Newsom and Cuomo are outright disgusting hypocrites and should be totally ignored and recalled. Let’s put mirrors up for our leftist leaning city council and chamber association.

    Newsom was busted for state lobbyist junket to Hawaii, the same Newsom who had a super spreader dinner with 5 or 6 FAMILIES at a winery that he held interest in last week. Nobody wore masks or social distanced or gave a crap to stay at home and not go outside. Google for the pictures to see what you missed.

    Gives us a break. You both need to be removed from your jobs or resign. Take that hair dresser stopover Pelosi and that ignorant AOC who doesn’t know tornadoes don’t just happen in Kansas on the way to OZ. The Democrats have bigger rock gardens to find these cockroaches.

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