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Secretary Clinton does not recall… Under oath at last, Hillary answers questions about her server (sort of)

The FBI and Justice Department may have given Hillary Clinton a pass on her “extremely careless” handling of classified information, but it’s important to remember that the suit filed by Judicial Watch is very much a going concern.


In August, a judge ordered Clinton to answer interrogatories on the use of her private email server while secretary of state. She was granted a two-week extension in September, citing “unavailability of counsel and the press of campaign business” — such as her pressing need to appear on the Tonight Show.

Judicial Watch had hoped Clinton would be deposed, but instead she was given a list of interrogatories to answer in writing, while under oath — a first. Note that Clinton was not under oath during her interview with the FBI (the one where she claimed she was unaware that the (C) mark on her emails indicated the contents were confidential).

Tonight, news broke that Clinton had at last submitted her written answers to Judicial Watch’s questions, and journalists doing a quick scan are seeing a lot of objections from Clinton, followed by complaints that the questions fall outside the scope of the suit. Imagine that.


That doesn’t mean she didn’t agree to answer some of the questions; however, the familiar “Secretary Clinton does not recall …” popping up again and again isn’t a promising sign that Clinton is taking any of this seriously. Must … hang on … until … Election Day.


She claims she understood that her emails were subject to FOIA requests, but she can’t recall if she ever expected any such requests.

Politico has reviewed Clinton’s answers and is finding quite a bit of the same. Clinton “does not recall considering factors other than convenience in deciding to use a personal e-mail account to conduct official State Department business.”

So, she’s saying under oath that she wasn’t trying to duck FOIA requests? Well, she “does not recall whether she had a specific expectation that the State Department would receive FOIA requests for or concerning her e-mail.”

In answering the questions, Clinton’s lawyers noted that she would “construe the term Clintonemail.com account to refer to [email protected], which was the clintonemail.com account used by Secretary Clinton during her tenure.” Handy for her, then, that running her own email server allowed her to create as many email aliases as she wanted.


Another thing Clinton doesn’t recall: “having communications with Bryan Pagliano concerning or relating to the management, preservation, deletion, or destruction of any e-mails in her clintonemail.com email account.” If Pagliano recalls any such communications, we might never know, seeing as he twice failed to appear before the House Oversight Committee, despite being subpoenaed.

Politico has posted a PDF of Clinton’s answers to Judicial Watch’s questions. It’s doubtful this story will gain any traction in the media this week, but the document is essential reading for anyone still following Clinton’s email scandal … just be prepared to encounter “Secretary Clinton objects” over and over and over where the answers were supposed to go.

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