Supreme Court rejects Judicial Watch bid to depose Hillary Clinton over emails

There has long been an assumption – all too frequently borne out by facts – that there is one set of rules for the connected elite and a different one for everyday Americans, and a decision just made by the highest court in the land does little to weaken it.

As Forbes reports, on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to involve itself an ongoing effort by conservative watch dog group Judicial Watch to obtain the deposition of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about her decision to use a private email server.

According to Law & Crime, the justices released an unsigned order without additional comment which had the effect of declining the organization’s petition in longstanding litigation over the federal government’s answer to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Judicial Watch had hoped to depose Mrs. Clinton as well as top aide Cheryl Mills concerning electronic communications during their time at the State Department.

In early 2020, U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth ordered Clinton to sit for a deposition related to her use of a private email server while conducting official State Department business, including as it related to the government’s response to the 2012 attack on American facilities in Benghazi, Libya, as Politico noted at the time.

Subsequently, an federal appeals panel overturned Lamberth’s order in August of last year, as Politico reported separately, calling it a “clear abuse of discretion,” with D.C. Circuit Judge Robert Wilkins writing:

Secretary Clinton … provided eleven hours of public testimony before the House Select Committee, and has answered countless media inquiries on the matter.

These facts underscore both the impropriety of the District Court’s Order and the appropriateness of turning the page on the issue.

Judicial Watch maintained that the Supreme Court had an obligation to hear its argument in the case because the appeals court erred by “giving Clinton unwarranted special treatment that conflicts both with Supreme precedent and the precedents of other courts of appeal, including its own.”

President of Judicial Watch, Tom Fitton, issued a statement expressing the group’s disappointment with the outcome, stating:

Hillary Clinton ignored the law but received special protection from both the courts and law enforcement. For countless Americans, this double standard of justice has destroyed confidence in the fair administration of justice. Americans would never have known about Hillary Clinton’s email and related pay for play scandals but for Judicial Watch’s diligence.

We expect that the Biden State and Justice Departments will continue to protect her and cover up their own misconduct as we press for additional accountability through the courts.

Clinton lawyer David Kendall offered far less in the way of commentary on the outcome, saying merely that the court’s order “speaks for itself.”

This decision, taken together with the apparent lack of movement in Special Counsel John Durham’s probe into the origins of the Russia collusion investigation leave many wondering if accountability will ever come to government actors and D.C. elites who seemingly do precisely as they please without any fear of legal consequence.

119 Responses

    1. So true. The strength, integrity, and fairness in United States is in the past. Our unelected political subjects holding office are there for themselves. Not to serve the people!!

    1. Obviously they are. How they could let Hillary off the hook when she caused many deaths is just unamerican. But she is a dem it doesn’t matter what they do ,it seem they could never get what they truly deserve PRISON. Joe and Hunter got away with colluding with China and lining their pockets with million and the ignorant people elected a traitor to lead our country doesn’t that speak. Volumes of what our county as turned into , I am outraged. Why do we have a Supreme Justice when they let these evil people get off Scott free. Canada is looking great.

      1. This is devastating to the American people who obey the laws of this country and people like Hillary get away with murder. I am disgusted with this ruling.

  1. I watch too much news. Liberals lie, and are ignorant, and gullible.. I’m so tired of conservatives blasting us with all the atrocities we face. Over and over they tell us what is happening. We see, we understand already, our country is going down. We get it!! But very few conservative leaders do anything but talk. So what can we do? Anything? Are our senators in Gaga land? Have they really been outsmarted? I’m being told right now by Cudlow on Fox News how we’re are going down. “They are slashing our defense budget! He says. I’ve donated, written letters, and talked too much to people with closed minds. Thank God for a few courageous, intelligent governors.I can’t listen anymore to people saying we are sunk. Guess I’ll just support Judicial watch, pray for our border patrol and law enforcement, pray for the molested children that are thrown in the river, over the fence, and left alone in the desert. Guess it’s Time for me to turn off the news, and await our fate. Sure can’t depend on the Supreme Court.

  2. Do we actually have a Supreme Court anymore?????? They must be on an extended or permanent vacation?????? Ridiculous!!!!!

  3. The Supreme Court owes us money, they get paid & do nothing & I want my money back!! What a joke they have turned into.

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