A judge has given Hillary Clinton until Tuesday to reveal why she shouldn’t be forced to testify in a federal case about Clinton aide Huma Abedin’s double-dipping employment at the State Department, according to WND.
Washington watchdog Judicial Watch asked a federal judge for permission to put Clinton under oath and ask her questions about her emails – even though the FBI investigated and said that while Clinton was “extremely careless” in her handling of secret information, she should not be charged formally for her actions.
The motion for permission to depose Clinton and two others was submitted to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Friday. The Freedom of Information Act lawsuit is investigating aide Huma Abedin’s job at the State Department.
The organization earlier deposed seven former and current State Department officials and aides of Clinton.
“As the primary driving force behind and principal user of the ClintonEmail.com system, however, Secretary Clinton’s testimony is crucial to understanding how and why the system was created and operated,” the brief states, noting that Clinton is an “indispensable witness.”
The court allowed Clinton until Tuesday to respond.
Judicial Watch first began probing Abedin’s special arrangement in September 2013.
The organization agreed to dismiss the lawsuit in March 2014 after the State Department said it had given the group all the documentation.
But by March 12, 2015, Judicial Watch learned that Clinton and her aides had used private email accounts, so the organization asked that the lawsuit be reopened.
“Hillary Clinton’s misconduct and the resulting fraud by the State Department disrupted and ended our FOIA lawsuit about Huma Abedin, one of Hillary Clinton’s closest political associations,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement posted online at the time.
“Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration concealed records and lied to obstruct a federal court and Judicial Watch from finding out about the secret emails,” Fitton said.
He added, “Time is of the essence. Immediate court action is imperative to retrieve, recover and secure these public records from Mrs. Clinton.”
WND reported Abedin used emails hosted on Hillary’s private server while she was secretary of state. Abedin recently admitted Clinton used “burn bags” to destroy her daily schedules as secretary of state.
In February of this year, U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan gave Judicial Watch permission to question Clinton’s closest aides under oath. The group deposed Abedin in June.
Judge Sullivan, who was appointed by former President Bill Clinton, also left open the possibility that Hillary Clinton could be questioned.
“There’s a constant drip, drip, drip of declarations. When does it stop?” Judge Sullivan asked. “This case is about the public’s right to know.”