State Department Tells Court it Should Reject Hillary Clinton’s Desperate Appeal to Avoid Testimony

Last month a federal judge ordered Hillary Clinton to submit to a deposition to Judicial Watch over her email scandal and Benghazi.

That did not sit well with Hillary sued to get out of giving the deposition. Evidently not even the State Department could defend her on this one.

Both, the lawyers for the State Department and the DOJ have joined with Judicial Watch and urged the court to dismiss her suit and again order her to testify…UNDER OATH.

Via Judicial Watch:

Judicial Watch announced today that it and the State Department, which is represented by Justice Department lawyers, filed responses opposing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her former Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills’ Writ of Mandamus request to overturn a U.S. District Court order requiring their testimony under oath regarding Clinton’s emails and Benghazi attack records. At the same time, the government argued that it did not engage in “bad faith” in failing to disclose the Clinton non-government email system to Judicial Watch and the court. The briefs were filed on April 3 with the U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Judicial Watch argues that Clinton and Mills “must demonstrate that they have no other adequate means of relief,” which they failed to show. Also, Clinton and Mills do not demonstrate “that the District Court’s order was a judicial usurpation of power or a clear abuse of discretion, or that [Clinton and Mills] have a clear and indisputable right to a writ.” In fact, “the District Court reasonably concluded that Clinton’s previous explanations for using a personal email server are cursory, incomplete, and seemingly at odds with what discovery has yielded to date.”

Judicial Watch further argues that Clinton and Mills are trying to avoid their deposition testimony by relying on, “their status as former high-level government officials.” Clinton and Mills, “do not offer a single case from this Court or any other, holding that former high-level government officials should not be required to follow regular appellate channels to challenge a discovery order.” Particularly in Mills’ case, Judicial Watch notes that they, “identify no case in which a court entertained a mandamus petition to stop the deposition of even a sitting cabinet member’s chief of staff.”

In September federal judge Royce Lamberth granted Judicial Watch with significant new discovery on the email and Benghazi scandals and Hillary’s responsibility for both.

Judicial Watch then released the transcript of the hearing and the areas of new discovery that was granted. Judge Lamberth tried to give Hillary a pathway to avoid a deposition but the Queen rejected every offer until the judge had no choice but to order her to give a deposition.

At that time Lamberth admonished the State Department lawyers that attempted to defend Hilary by withholding documents on the two cases.

Justice delayed still tastes as sweet.

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