Although Hillary Clinton claims to be adept at dodging sniper fire on Bosnian tarmacs and managed to avoid an indictment by the FBI, a federal judge is proving to be a little more difficult to shake.

In a split-decision, Judge Emmet Sullivan, for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, has ruled that Mrs. Clinton must respond to questions in connection with an ongoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit over her private, unsecured email server set-up.

But, in a partial win for the Democrat presidential nominee, Judge Sullivan ruled that her testimony can be obtained through “less burdensome or intrusive means such as interrogatories.”

Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, has deposed Clinton’s aides from her days at State, including Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills, but argued that it was necessary to depose Clinton under oath to learn why set up a private email server in the first place, as it contends she did so in part to avoid having to respond to FOIA requests.

Clinton has claimed alternately that she did not know setting up a server in her home was not allowed under federal record keeping rules and, contradicting herself, claiming that it was allowed, but to date, Clinton has not testified under oath about the extraordinary and unauthorized set-up.

She also claimed that the server was secure because her home was guarded by Secret Service on a 24/7 basis, that her predecessors had also had private servers and that all relevant emails had been turned over in addition to other specious excuses that have been disproved in lengthy investigations by both the Inspector General and the FBI.

Judge Sullivan rejected the argument by Clinton’s counsel that her previous statements before Congress and the FBI were sufficient, saying her testimony is necessary “to enable her to explain on the record the purpose for the creation and operation of the system for State Department Business.”

Lawyers for Judicial Watch must submit their questions by October 14 and Clinton – or most likely her attorneys, must respond within 30 days, putting the due date five days after the General Election on November 8.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton claimed a victory, saying, “The decision is a reminder that Hillary Clinton is not above the law.”



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