A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that State Department officials and top aides to Hillary Clinton should be questioned under oath about whether they intentionally thwarted federal open records laws by using or allowing the use of a private email server throughout Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.
The decision by U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of Washington came in a lawsuit over public records brought by Judicial Watch, a conservative legal watchdog group, regarding its May 2013 request for information about the employment arrangement of Huma Abedin, a longtime Clinton aide.
Officials with the State and Justice departments said that they were aware of the order but declined to comment further, citing the ongoing litigation. Discovery orders are not readily appealable. An attorney for Abedin declined to comment.
What is discovery? From what I have read, this is a uniquely American addition to English law that allows attorneys to go fishing through files and documents fishing for evidence of wrong-doing, or at least something you can twist into that. I have long regarded the enormous costs it imposes to be a form of economic torture which encourages settlement even when the defendant did nothing wrong. But I can't think of a more deserving bunch than the Hildabeast and friends. It might even make the left start to wonder if their favorite tool needs to be reined in.