Supreme Court Shields Hillary Clinton from Deposition Over Email Server
SCOTUS blocks Judicial Watch's efforts to depose former secretary of state
The United States Supreme Court has shielded Hillary Clinton from facing a deposition over her alleged misuse of classified emails while she served in the Obama administration.
On Monday, the highest court in the land rejected the effort by political watchdog group Judicial Watch to depose the former secretary of state.
Judicial Watch had filed an appeal against a federal appeals court ruling from last year.
In August 2020, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia had sided with Clinton and stated that the top Democrat could not be forced to sit for a deposition to answer questions about her unsecured email server.
This week, in an unsigned order issued with no comment, the justices denied the appeal, keeping in place the previous ruling.
The controversy over Hillary's emails has now been ongoing for several years.
Judicial Watch had wanted to depose Clinton, her aide Cheryl Mills, and other State Department employees over Clinton’s use of an unsecured personal email server.
Clinton and her aides are accused of using the private server for classified information.
The case seeks public access to State Department emails.
Clinton’s emails were subject to multiple investigations that have all ultimately fizzled away.
An FBI investigation declined to charge her with violating federal record-keeping requirements or other crimes, despite clear evidence of violations.
Clinton’s emails were also a major political issue in her failed 2016 bid against President Donald Trump.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton issued a statement blasting the Supreme Court over the ruling.
Fitton accused the court of upholding a “double standard” and undermining faith in public institutions.
“Hillary Clinton ignored the law but received special protection from both the courts and law enforcement,” he said.
“For countless Americans, this double standard of justice has destroyed confidence in the fair administration of justice.”
This case is Judicial Watch Inc. v. Clinton, No. 20-1051 in the Supreme Court of the United States.