In a legal victory for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling on Monday which said she could not be forced to sit for a deposition, Breitbart reported.
The matter arose from a lawsuit filed by the legal group Judicial Watch over Clinton’s use of an unsecured private email server during her time at the State Department.
The group had been seeking to have Clinton, her aid Cheryl Mills and other State Department employees compelled to sit for depositions specifically regarding Clinton’s use of the private server in connection to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. The nation’s highest court offered no comment regarding its decision.
“Double standard of justice”
In a statement on the court’s move, Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton expressed disappointment, saying, “Hillary Clinton ignored the law but received special protection from both the courts and law enforcement.”
“For countless Americans, this double standard of justice has destroyed confidence in the fair administration of justice,” he added.
In a lengthier response posted to Judicial Watch’s website, the group took credit for bringing Clinton’s email use to light and predicted similar malfeasance from the Biden administration.
“Americans would never have known about Hillary Clinton’s email and related pay for play scandals but for Judicial Watch’s diligence,” the organization said.
“We expect 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,” the statement continued.
Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state in the Obama administration became a major issue during her failed presidential run.
In a highly controversial move made only months before the 2016 election, then-FBI Director James Comey held a July press conference in which he accused the long-time Democrat of being “extremely careless” in her use of the server to send classified information.
“There is evidence to support a conclusion that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position, or in the position of those government employees with whom she was corresponding about these matters, should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation,” Comey said at the time, according to Fox News.
Comey stopped short of calling for criminal charges against Clinton, however, insisting that “no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”