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A longtime State Department official said he assumed that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was using her personal email to "stay in touch with family and friends", not conduct official business.
In a two-hour deposition with the conservative legal watchdog group Judicial Watch last week, Lewis Lukens also said he offered to set up a "stand-alone" computer for Clinton to check her personal email account, only to be told that she "does not know how to use a computer to do email."
According to Lukens, he first spoke to Clinton's Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills in 2009 about ways that Clinton could access her personal email without using the State Department's OpenNet system.
Cheryl D. Mills: May 27, 2016
As this Court stated when it granted Plaintiff’s motion for discovery from the bench, “This is a public proceeding. This is all about the public’s right to know.” Never before has Plaintiff seen an agency or its head create an off-grid communications system to conduct official government business, the effect of which was to shield an agency head’s records from the public for years.
As an initial matter, Plaintiff respectfully submits that Ms. Mills’ motion, filed at 5:10 p.m. on May 25, 2016, less than two days before her deposition,1 is premature at best given the three-day hold already in place, if not intentionally disruptive.
1Ms. Mills has known about her deposition since at least May 6, 2016, when Plaintiff’s counsel provided Ms. Mills’ counsel with a copy of the Court’s order. After numerous emails and at least one telephone conversation, Plaintiff served the subpoena on Ms. Mills’ counsel on May 16, 2016, notifying Ms. Mills that the deposition would be videotaped. Although several other email exchanges occurred, including a request by Ms. Mills’ counsel to change the time of the deposition, Ms. Mills’ counsel did not raise Ms. Mills’ concern about the videotaping until May 25, 2016. Ms. Mills had ample notice and opportunity, but did not move until less than 48 hours before her deposition.
Ms. Mills’ characterizations of Plaintiff’s actions are both unfair and inaccurate, and the concerns she raises are baseless. Plaintiff has no intention of publicizing “snippets or soundbites” of her videotaped deposition. If it is released, the videotaped deposition will be released in full on Plaintiff’s website so that all interested persons can watch and assess Ms. Mills’ entire testimony for themselves.
originally posted by: jadedANDcynical
This is a landmark case and will likely set precedent as no other case comes close to the level of what Hillary and her top aides have done.