Although former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email scandal has been largely absent from the headlines for several years, one conservative watchdog group is hoping to keep the case alive.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week, however, that it will not be requiring the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee to testify regarding her use of a private email server to discuss sensitive national security issues.
Background on the case
Breitbart reported that the Supreme Court’s unsigned ruling means that Judicial Watch has lost its latest bid to see Clinton deposed on the specifics of the controversy.
The nation’s highest court upheld a prior ruling by a federal appeals court that rejected the notion that Clinton could be forced to sit for a deposition regarding her private email service. Judicial Watch had hoped to force such an outcome through continued legal challenges.
In addition to Clinton, the group wanted her former aide, Cheryl Mills, and a number of other relevant figures in Clinton’s orbit to be deposed. The case also sought access to State Department email.
Specifically, the case was related to emails stemming from the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the deaths of four Americans — including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton issued a statement decrying the Supreme Court decision as one that would only serve to undermine the public’s confidence in the justice system. He added that Clinton’s situation was a clear example of the double standard he believes is exhibited in cases related to high-level politicians.
“Systemic, deliberate mishandling”
“Hillary Clinton ignored the law but received special protection from both the courts and law enforcement,” Fitton wrote. “For countless Americans, this double standard of justice has destroyed confidence in the fair administration of justice.”
The scandal surrounding her use of a private email server as secretary of state was arguably a central reason for her loss to Republican rival Donald Trump in the 2016 race.
While that story received ample attention from the mainstream media, reporters generally downplayed a scandal involving the son of 2020 Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s son last year, potentially saving his campaign from a similar fate.
For her part, Clinton escaped criminal charges resulting from her improper email use. A State Department probe that concluded in 2019 found that “there was no persuasive evidence of systemic, deliberate mishandling of classified information.”
Time will tell whether Judicial Watch continues its efforts to garner new information from the Clinton scandal, but all the evidence suggests the organization does not respond to defeat by throwing in the towel.