Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager sought to dismiss a federal judge’s ruling on Tuesday saying it is par for the course for the “right wing,” but then CNN’s Jake Tapper challenged him with one important fact about the judge who decided the issue.
As reported by Western Journalism, a federal judge granted Judicial Watch’s request for discovery into whether Hillary Clinton and the State Department deliberately thwarted the government watchdog’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests over a six-year time period.
U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan stated in a hearing on Tuesday, “How on earth can the court conclude there is not at minimum a reasonable suspicion of bad faith,” regarding the State Dept.’s handling of FOIA requests regarding Clinton and her aides.
He further ruled that Judicial Watch will be permitted to get testimony from several Clinton aides under oath who set up or knew about the former secretary of state’s private email server. According to Reuters, those aides may include Clinton’s former chief of staff at State Cheryl Mills, former deputy chief of staff Huma Abedin, and former under secretary for management Patrick Kennedy.
CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook about the judge’s ruling on Tuesday. “Jake we all know that the right wing sees Hillary Clinton as the Democrats best chance to hold on to the White House and continue to build on the progress that Pres. Obama has made,” Mook replied. “That’s why this right-wing group filed this lawsuit. Of course they’re trying to subpoena people. Of course, they’re trying to get this into the news.”
“This judge was appointed by Bill Clinton, I believe,” Tapper interjected. Sullivan was appointed by Clinton to the Washington, D.C. federal district court in 1994.
“It’s the judge’s decision to make,” Mook haltingly responded. “My point is this was promulgated by a right-wing group.” The campaign manager then quickly pivoted off the subject to saying Hillary Clinton would be focused on issues voters cared about like healthcare and college tuition.
The candidate herself also dismissed the ruling that night during a townhall on CNN stating, “I know there are are challengers about what the State Department did or did not do – that will all be worked out,” she said tonight at a CNN town hall. “It’s just not something that is going to have a lasting effect. And I am not at all worried about it.”
Judicial Watch’s President Tom Fitton characterized Sullivan’s ruling as “a major victory for the public’s right to know the truth about Hillary Clinton’s email system.” He added, “While Mrs. Clinton’s testimony may not be required initially, it may happen that her testimony is necessary for the court to resolve the legal issues about her unprecedented email practices.”
Clinton’s use of a private, unsecured email server is currently being investigated by the FBI for possible breaches of federal law. To date over 1700 emails have been found from the server which contained classified information.