Appeals court rules Hillary Clinton does not have to testify about emails

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appears to have just been let off the hook.

Clinton will not have to appear in court to testify under oath about her use of a private email server after all, thanks to a panel of appellate judges who reversed a lower court decision.

Some background

We all, I’m sure, remember how Clinton, with the help of former FBI Director James Comey, managed to escape punishment despite having used a private email server for official communications in violation of government policy. Let’s also not forget how Clinton and her team, prior to handing of this server over to investigators, deleted some 33,000 emails that, according to them, were not related to work.

Conservative watchdog Judicial Watch has been looking to depose both Clinton and Cheryl Mills, Clinton’s former chief of staff, in relation to this incident.

Judicial Watch has argued that these depositions were necessary in order to determine whether or not Clinton, in using a private server, attempted to avoid the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The Judicial Watch also wanted Clinton to be deposed in order to determine whether a proper search has been conducted of Clinton’s emails, considering that new emails seem to keep popping up.

In March, U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth agreed with Judicial Watch, granting the group their request to depose Clinton. But, this decision was reversed on Friday.

Clinton let off, again

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Friday ruled that Clinton does not have to sit for a deposition, the Washington Examiner reported.

“The mere suspicion of bad faith on the part of the government cannot be used as a dragnet to authorize voluminous discovery that is irrelevant to the remaining issues in a case,” the decision reads.

It continued: “The District Court has impermissibly ballooned the scope of its inquiry into allegations of bad faith to encompass a continued probe of Secretary Clinton’s state of mind surrounding actions taken years before the at-issue searches were conducted by the State Department. Secretary Clinton has already answered interrogatories from Judicial Watch on these very questions in the case before Judge Sullivan, explaining the sole reason she used the private account was for convenience.”

The decision was made by a three-judge panel that included two Obama appointees and one George W. Bush appointee.

Judicial Watch responds

Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton blasted the decision as a “miscarriage of justice,” adding:

In addition to today’s political decision, the Justice and State Departments’ continuing efforts to avoid getting to the bottom of Clinton’s email misconduct are a scandal. President Trump should hold Secretary Pompeo and Attorney General Barr accountable for their failures of leadership.

For now, though, it looks like Clinton, once again, has managed to escape justice.

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