Judicial Watch Tuesday submitted 25 questions to Hillary Clinton that she must answer in writing under oath regarding her private email use under an order earlier this month by a federal judge.
The Democratic presidential candidate must respond to the queries by Sept. 29, U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled on Aug. 19.
Sullivan ruled that Judicial Watch could submit written questions to Clinton but could not depose her in person. His order limited the conservative watchdog agency to 25 questions.
Judicial Watch's 30-page document, which includes 20 pages of exhibits, was submitted to Clinton's attorney, David Kendall, and the State Department — and was filed in federal court in Washington.
"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.
The questions seek specific responses regarding Clinton's private email account, its set-up, how it was used during her four years as Secretary of State, who advised her regarding the account and what she did with the account once she left the State Department.
- 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?
- In a "60 Minutes" interview aired on July 24, 2016, you stated that it was "recommended" that you use a personal email account to conduct official State Department business. What recommendations were you given about using or not using a personal email account to conduct official State Department business, who made any such recommendations, and when were any such recommendations made?
- During your tenure as Secretary of State, did you understand that email you sent or received in the course of conducting official State Department business was subject to [Freedom of Information Act requests]?
- Were you ever advised, cautioned, or warned about hacking or attempted hacking of your clintonemail.com email account or the server that hosted your clintonemail.com account and, if so, what did you do in response to the advice, caution, or warning?
- When you were preparing to leave office, did you consider allowing the State Department access to your clintonemail.com email account to manage and preserve the official emails in your account and to search those emails in response to FOIA requests? If you considered allowing access to your email account, why did you decide against it? If you did not consider allowing access to your email account, why not?
- After you left office, did you believe you could alter, destroy, disclose, or use email you sent or received concerning official State Department business as you saw fit? If not, why not?
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