In the latest blow against Judicial Watch’s efforts to depose former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server, the U.S. Supreme Court shut down the conservative group in a decision late last month.
For its part, Judicial Watch issued a press release a short time thereafter slamming the nation’s highest court for refusing to hear its challenge to a lower court’s ruling.
“Hillary Clinton ignored the law but received special protection from both the courts and law enforcement,” asserted Tom Fitton, the group’s president.
He went on to denounce what he sees as a “double standard of justice” that “has destroyed confidence in the fair administration of justice.”
Citing his own group’s role in the shedding light on the Clinton controversy, Fitton wrote: “Americans would never have known about Hillary Clinton’s email and related pay for play scandals but for Judicial Watch’s diligence.”
The statement went on to predict that “the Biden State and Justice Departments will continue to protect her and cover up their own misconduct as we press for additional accountability through the courts.”
As for the underlying case, it arose as an attempt by Judicial Watch to gain access to Clinton’s emails under a Freedom of Information Act request. Also being requested were documents related to the 2012 Benghazi attack that killed four Americans — including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
“To depose Clinton about her emails”
In addition to the former secretary of state, Judicial Watch also wanted to depose her former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, as well as two other high-ranking State Department officials.
“On March 2, 2020, U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth authorized Judicial Watch to depose Clinton about her emails and the existence of relevant Benghazi attack documents,” the group said in a statement earlier this year.
As Judicial Watch claimed at the time, the “court also ordered” the three other depositions it had requested.
In August, however, the D.C. Court of Appeals sided with Clinton and Mills, granting their petition for mandamus relief, effectively ensuring that neither could be compelled to provide testimony.
With the most recent Supreme Court decision, that ruling will stand. In any case, revelations surrounding Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state was clearly a major issue in her subsequent bid to become president, with some observers suggesting that the scandal cost her the 2016 race.