During Hillary Clinton’s three and a half hour FBI interview in the private email server investigation, she deflected questions by citing memory loss 40 times, and evidently that total lack of recall is continuing.
In answers to 25 questions submitted to her by Judicial Watch as part of the organization’s ongoing Freedom of Information lawsuit against the US State Department, Clinton through her lawyers said she didn’t remember key information about 20 times. She also raised various objections couched in legalese to answering questions fully.
Judicial Watch sought an in-person deposition, but the federal judge overseeing the case ruled that the questions (known in the legal system as interrogatories) could be submitted in writing instead. Even so, the responses are taken under oath subject to the laws against perjury and are now part of the formal court file.
In response to a question as to whether she was advised that using a clintonemail.com account violated federal recordkeeping laws, the Democrat presidential nominee offered this evasive response:
Secretary Clinton states that she does not recall being advised, cautioned, or warned, she does not recall that it was ever suggested to her, and she does not recall participating in any communication, conversation, or meeting in which it was discussed that her use of a clintonemail.com e-mail account to conduct official State Department business conflicted with or violated federal recordkeeping laws.
When asked about whether she was warned about possible hacking of the private account, Clinton submitted a long-winded answer containing various objections, which concluded with “Secretary Clinton states that she does not recall being advised, cautioned, or warned during her tenure as Secretary of State about hacking or attempted hacking of her clintonemail.com e-mail account or the server that hosted her clintonemail.com account.“
Clinton also claimed that she expected that all of her work-related emails would be turned over to the State Department, but “That statement contradicts testimony by FBI Director James Comey this past July. Comey told the House oversight committee that ‘thousands’ of work-related emails were not returned,” Fox News reported.
About the destruction of public records, another answer that contained various objections culminated with more forgetfulness.
Secretary Clinton states that she does not recall altering, destroying, disclosing, or using any e-mails related to official State Department business from her tenure as Secretary of State in her clintonemail.com account or instructing anyone else to do so after she left office and before her attorneys reviewed the e-mails in her clintonemail.com email account in response to the State Department’s request.
Clinton also continues to throw Colin Powell under the bus, indicating that Powell “advised her in 2009 about his use of a personal e-mail account to conduct official State Department business,” a contention that Powell has rejected.
Judicial Watch continues to do the work that the now-discredited FBI failed to do. It emerged this week that investigators in the email scandal probe are furious that FBI Director James Comey declined to recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton despite the weight of the evidence.
Reacting to Clinton’s sworn answers, Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said, “We’re pleased that we now have a little bit more information about Hillary Clinton’s email practices. Our lawyers will be reviewing the responses closely. Mrs. Clinton’s refusal to answer many of the questions in a clear and straightforward manner further reflects disdain for the rule of law.”
Fitton also separately called for an independent special prosecutor to further investigate the private email server controversy.
Watch a Fox News report about Hillary Clinton’s answers to the Judicial Watch interrogatories: