A federal judge has ordered Hillary Clinton to answer five questions the
former Secretary of State has avoided for years about her use of a private email server to conduct official U.S. diplomatic business.
On Wednesday U.S. District Court Judge Emmett Sullivan gave Clinton 30 days to respond under oath to five questions.
Sullivan announced his decision from the bench rather than waiting to issue it in writing, an indication of the urgency he appears to attach to the case.
These questions were all put to her nearly four years ago in a lawsuit filed by the nonprofit government watchdog Judicial Watch.
Hillary Clinton Email Questions
The five questions Hillary Clinton must answer are:
1.) Who decided to create the clintonemail.com system?
2.) When was it created?
3.) Why was it created?
4.) Who set it up?
5.) When did it become operational?
Clinton has on many occasions refused to answer those five and many more questions about why she used a secret email server, instead of the legally required government system during her tenure as the chief U.S. diplomat.
U.S. District Court Judge Emmett Sullivan also ordered Hillary Clinton to explain why, on Oct. 22, 2015, she told the House of Representatives Select Committee on Benghazi that all of her emails “were in the State Department’s system” and “if they want to see them, they would certainly have been able to do so.”
The judge ordered Clinton to “identify the basis for this statement, including all facts on which you relied in support of the statement, how and when you became aware of these facts, and, if you were made aware of these facts by or through another person, identify the person who made you aware of these facts.”
Every person Hillary Clinton has named as having assisted her in creating her secret email system and in responding to the committee will then be subject to further FOIA discovery by Judicial Watch.
This could lead to new revelations and prompt reopening of the FBI investigation but under a new attorney general.
Acting Attorney General Matthew Whittaker reportedly advised Trump last year that a special counsel should be appointed to investigate Clinton’s role in the Uranium One scandal.
The former Secretary of State could be subject to contempt of court charges if she refuses to comply with U.S. District Court Judge Emmett Sullivan’s order or felony charges if she answers the questions but then provides false information on those matters.