The cat-and-mouse game between Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch, and Hillary Clinton, failed presidential candidate and serial felon, continues. With an apparently toothless Justice Dept and FBI that are politically paralyzed, thankfully Judicial Watch continues to pursue the long-time escape artist for her many classified information mishandling crimes. It started in 2015 when Judicial Watch exposed the existence of her unauthorized private email server for the first time, and the game has continued through the present, as Judicial Watch continues to squeeze more information out of the State Dept about the “missing emails.” Earlier this month, Hillary Clinton and her former chief-of-staff Cheryl Mills were ordered by a federal judge to be deposed under oath about those emails, as reported here. As expected, her attorneys filed a motion to try to get her off the hook, as reported by Judicial Watch:
[T]he conversation changed this week with Clinton and Mills’ petition for a writ of mandamus, which while “not technically” an appeal, practically attempts to “get the court to intervene in a dramatic fashion to overturn the [previous] lower court ruling.” In practical terms, an appeal which Fitton describes as a “desperate attempt by Mrs. Clinton to avoid answering any tough questions about her email scandal.”
Fitton reminds his viewers that while Clinton was questioned by the FBI (“not under oath to be clear”) and Congress, she has never been questioned in any “significant way on the FOIA” or other her activities while serving as the secretary of state.
Fitton was interviewed by Lou Dobbs on Tuesday and provided more detail on Hillary’s latest maneuver. Here is some of the Q&A:
Dobbs: Hillary Clinton trying to get out of answering questions about her use of a private email server again. Yes, she wants to avoid anything to do with the deadly 2012 attack in Benghazi. Attorneys for Clinton and her former chief-of-staff Cheryl Mills, asking an appellate court to overturn a judge’s order granting Judicial Watch’s request for their depositions. … Tom Fitton, are you really not going to be able to question Hillary Clinton after all of this?
Fitton: I hope not. Were it any other litigant, it [her motion] would have been pushed out of court rather quickly. She filed what is known as a writ of mandamus, which is, according to the Justice Dept, an extraordinary remedy that should only be used in exceptional circumstances … in a peculiar emergency of public importance. And obviously that doesn’t cover Mrs. Clinton having to go under oath about her email misconduct. She says she has an “indisputable right” not to be questioned under oath, and we’ve laid out the many issues that are outstanding that the court also wants answered. She’s not above the law, and we hope the appellate court quickly dismisses it.
Dobbs: In quoting Judge Royce Lamberth’s order: “There is still more to learn. Even though many important questions remain unanswered, the Justice Department inexplicably still takes the position that the court should close discovery and rule on dispositive motions. The Court is especially troubled by this.” I’m happy to hear that there is at least one judge somewhere in the judiciary that is troubled by what has transpired here, aren’t you?
Fitton: You’ll notice that he’s criticizing this Justice Dept and this State Dept for their cover-up, and Mrs. Clinton in her filings highlights the efforts to cover up and stop discovery by the Justice Dept and State Dept to justify their seeking protection from having to answer questions. It’s not only Mrs. Clinton, but it’s also top aide Ms. Mills who was responsibly for helping destroy half of her emails. The problem here is that we’ve seen the Justice Dept and State Dept coordinating with Mrs. Clinton and her team on these issues, so [there’s] not much difference between this Justice Dept and the last Justice Dept, certainly on the Hillary Clinton email cover-up.
Dobbs: It’s a shame – whether it’s General Flynn – why this Attorney General simply wouldn’t have this case dropped rather than waiting for the President … perhaps he feels he needs the political cover.
Fitton: The President should quickly pardon General Flynn. George HW Bush pardoned Caspar Weinberger after he was indicted because there was clearly an abuse by that independent counsel at the time, and this attack on Flynn … this prosecution … goes to the heart of the President’s foreign powers … his power as commander-in-chief in exercising and conducting foreign policy. By attacking Flynn over his communications with the Russians during his time as National Security Advisers, and during the time he was representing the president-elect, attacks the ability of the President to conduct foreign policy. He should do this to protect the presidency and secure justice.
End of the Q&A. It is astounding to me that the Trump Justice Dept and State Dept are actually coordinating with Hillary Clinton’s legal team to try to get her out of testifying under oath. This is just another indication that both agencies remain hopelessly politically corrupt, as the double standard being applied to Hillary is painfully obvious to anyone following this cat-and-mouse game. The woman (and her staff) mishandled at least 22 Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) emails, as well as thousands of others at lower classifications levels. Anyone else who committed these felonies would have been almost immediately arrested, tried, convicted, and sentenced to long jail sentences. But not Hillary Clinton.
It makes me furious. That appellate court better rule in favor of Judicial Watch, or we’ll know that the two-tiered justice system is being aided and abetted by the Trump Dept of Justice. Which means that “Lock her up” was a meaningless cliché after all.