Obama Officials to Be Questioned Over Benghazi Amid Hillary Clinton Lawsuit
US District Judge Royce Lamberth questions Clinton's missing emails
US District Judge Royce Lamberth has ordered a group of Barack Obama officials, including the former Presidents National Security Adviser Susan Rice, to answer questions as part of a lawsuit against Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.
Judicial Watch believes that Clinton used a private email server to intentionally avoid documenting a portion of her emails relating to work so they would be protected under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Politoc reported.
But more specifically, they accuse the former secretary of state of concealing details about a murderous attack on a US diplomatic compound in Benghazi in 2012.
The questions asked center around the State Department's response to the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, and its efforts to secure Clinton's missing emails, which relate to the incident.
Judge Lamberth commissioned the corresponding written questioning for Ben Rhodes, who was Rice's deputy when she was national security adviser.
The judge also agreed to depose the Department of State regarding developing talking points for Rice's appearances on political talk shows following the Benghazi attack.
The conservative group Judicial Watch initiated the inquiry into the State Department's actions regarding Clinton hiding her emails.
The group believes that questioning and the deposition will expose Clinton's email affair.
"In a major victory for accountability, Judge Lamberth today authorized Judicial Watch to take discovery on whether the Clinton email system evaded FOIA and whether the Benghazi scandal was one reason for keeping Mrs. Clinton's email secret," Tom Fitton, the group's president said.
An Islamic militant group Ansar al-Sharia truck US diplomatic buildings in Benghazi, Libya on 11 September 2012 before killing four diplomatic workers, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, and two CIA contractors.
The Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was questioned on the incident and admitted there had not been enough security measures in place to prevent the attack.
According to Fox: President Trump and Republicans have frequently slammed Clinton’s use of the private email server, claiming in part that the practice likely placed classified government information at risk.
Clinton was found to have deleted emails she claimed were personal and not related to her State Department work.
Comey announced during the 2016 presidential campaign that Clinton’s handling of emails was “extremely careless” but did not warrant criminal charges.
Last year, the group uncovered additional emails on Hillary Clinton's private, unsecure server.
The organization declared it had found five more emails containing sensitive government information, adding the ever-growing mass of evidence against Clinton for mishandling classified data.I
In response to an FOIA lawsuit filed in May of 2015, Judicial Watch obtained two batches of files, each containing hundreds of new Hillary Clinton emails from her non-"state.gov" emailing client.
The emails expose details of Clinton's secret meetings with George Soros while continuing to be advised by Sid Blumenthal, who was previously barred from a State Department position.