Hillary Clinton will answer a new round of questions about her use of a private email server as secretary of state before Election Day, according to the conservative watchdog group that delivered its 25 inquiries to the Democratic presidential candidate yesterday.
“Describe the creation of the clintonemail.com system, including who decided to create the system, the date it was decided to create the system, why it was created, who set it up, and when it became operational,” reads the first question.
Another asks Clinton if she believed she could “alter, destroy, disclose or use emails” related to official State Department business upon her leaving office.
The answers will be filed under oath.
The questions from Judicial Watch stem from a 2013 request for employment records related to controversial Clinton aide Huma Abedin that transformed into a push to depose the Democratic presidential nominee over whether she tried to “deliberately thwart” federal records laws while using the personal server.
A federal judge earlier this month ordered Clinton to answer written questions after the conservative group deposed seven current and former State Department employees over the private email server but still had gaping questions about its use. The judge’s order was only a partial victory for the group, which had sought to depose Clinton in person.
The order gives Clinton 30 days to answer the questions, setting a Sept. 29 deadline for answers, according to Judicial Watch.
“These are simple questions about her email system that we hope will finally result in straight-forward answers, under oath, from Hillary Clinton,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement.
A Clinton spokesman dismissed Judicial Watch in an earlier statement as “a right-wing organization that has been attacking the Clintons since the 1990s.”
Separately, the State Department yesterday said about 30 emails that may be related to the 2012 attack on U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya, are among the thousands of Hillary Clinton emails recovered during the FBI’s recently closed investigation into her email server.
Government lawyers told U.S. District Court Judge Amit P. Mehta that an undetermined number of the emails among the 30 were not included in the 55,000 pages Clinton previously provided. The State Department’s lawyer said it would take until the end of September to review and redact the emails.
Mehta questioned why it would take so long to release so few documents, and urged that the process be sped up. He ordered the department to report to him in a week with more details about why the review process would take a full month.
Clinton previously had said she withheld and deleted only personal emails not related to her duties as secretary of state. With the November election little more than two months away, Republicans are pressing for the release of as many documents related to Clinton as possible.
Herald wire services contributed to this report.
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