The United States Supreme Court rebuffed an effort by conservative group, Judicial Watch to depose Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server while she served as secretary of state.
Last August, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously overturned a lower-court order requiring Hillary Clinton to provide a sworn deposition in the email case.
The D.C. Circuit Court ruled that Judicial Watch was not entitled to depose Clinton in connection with an 8-year-old Freedom of Information Act lawsuit seeking records of details about information national security adviser Susan Rice discussed during interviews in 2012 about the deadly attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya.
In an unsigned order issued without comment on Monday, the Supreme Court left in place the Circuit Court’s order that blocked Clinton’s testimony.
Judicial Watch had sought to depose Clinton and aide Cheryl Mills and other former State Department employees over Clinton’s use of a personal email server in connection to the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, according to The Hill.
Clinton’s emails were subjected to numerous investigations including by Congress, the State Department inspector general and the FBI.
An investigation by the State Department released in October 2019 said there was no “persuasive evidence” of widespread mishandling of classified information. Then-FBI Director James Comey twice concluded in 2016 that Clinton should not face criminal charges over her use of a private server, but did rebuke Clinton and her aides in July of that year for being “extremely careless” in the handling of classified information. A subsequent Department of Justice inspector general report released in June 2018 found that Comey’s prosecutorial decisions in the Clinton case were “consistent” with precedent and not affected by bias or other improper actions, CNN reports.