Obama Steps In To Defend Hillary: DOJ Fights To Block Clinton Deposition

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If there was any doubt, or suspense on which side of the Hillary email scandal the "impartial" Department of Justice stands, the suspense was lifted and all was revealed yesterday when as The Hill reported, the Obama administration stepped into the ongoing Judicial Watch lawsuit and is fighting to prevent former SecState Hillary Clinton from being deposed.

Late Thursday evening the Justice Department, under US attorney general Loretta Lynch, first appointed in 1999 by none other than Bill Clinton,  filed a court motion opposing the Clinton deposition request from conservative legal watchdog Judicial Watch, claiming that the organization was trying to dramatically expand the scope of the lawsuit.


As a reminder, as revealed last night, in the first deposition from the ongoing Judicial Watch lawsuit - which has obtained or seeks depositions from all SecState staffers close to Hillary - we learned thanks to State Department veteran Lewis Lukens, that not only did Hillary not know how to use a computer but that her email actually had no password protection.

It is these kinds of revelations that the Department of Justice, in its quest for "justice", is seeking to prevent from seeing the light of day, only in the official filing the DOJ was a little more circumspect. Judicial Watch is "seeking instead to transform these proceedings into a wide-ranging inquiry into matters beyond the scope of the court’s order and unrelated to the FOIA request at issue in this case," government lawyers wrote in their filing, referring to the Freedom of Information Act. The lawyers wrote that the request to interview Clinton “is wholly inappropriate” before depositions are finished in a separate case also concerning the email server.

In light of the recent report by the State Department Inspector General, with which Hillary also refused to cooperate, one could say it is entirely approprirate for her to be deposed.

As a reminder, the Judicial Watch FOIA case began as a way to seek documents about talking points related to the 2012 terror attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, but has since grown to encompass wider questions about Clinton’s use of a personal server while working as secretary of State. 

Last week, Judicial Watch asked the court to interview Clinton and five other current and former State Department officials about the server, after it received a judge's permission to move ahead with the process. The case is the second in which Judicial Watch has been granted approval to depose witnesses to gather evidence about Clinton’s email setup. In the other case, interviews of current and former Clinton aides have already begun.

For now, Hillary is not scheduled to answer questions as part of that case, through a federal judge has warned that she could be called upon in the future. It is this potentially destructive deposition, that the DOJ is seeking to hide.

In the government’s filing late Thursday, the Justice Department said that Judicial Watch’s request is “overbroad and duplicative." It claimed the group should complete the depositions in the other case first before demanding an interview of Clinton and the other officials.

In other words, the DOJ is stalling for time to prevent a Hillary deposition until some time in July by which point Clinton should at least wrapped up have the democratic nomination.

However, the department did say that it would not oppose a request to subpoena Jake Sullivan, a former senior State Department official and current top aide in Clinton’s presidential campaign, as long as questions were “on the limited topic” of officials using personal email accounts at the department.

Finally, the DOJ said it would be willing to provide an unnamed witness to provide answers on behalf of the State Department in response to narrow questions about the FOIA request at the heart of the case. In other words an untainted surrogate who would provide answers in lieu of Hillary.

That solution, government lawyers claimed, would "avoid the burden and expense" of going through a deposition process “that replicates activities already underway in another, overlapping case between the parties.”

Finally, tecall that in July 2015, the inspector general for the State Department announced that as a result of the classified emails found in Clinton's personal server, that the inspectors general had sent a non-criminal "referral" to the Justice Department over the matter. As a result, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch and her department, would have to determine whether to open a criminal investigation into Clinton's affairs.

As a further reminder, recall that before becoming attorney general, Lynch served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. It was her second time in the position, having been first appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1999

At the time, Lynch declined to say whether her connection to the Clintons creates a conflict of interest for her. We finally have the official answer.

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Mini-Me's picture

So a woman that doesn't know how to operate a computer wants government control over the Internet.  What could go wrong?

InjectTheVenom's picture

drop the DOJ news the night before a major 3-day weekend national holiday...nothing to see here sheeple, please move along...FUCKING PATHETIC . . . . .TRUMP 2016 !!

chunga's picture

The most transparent administration ever!

Billy the Poet's picture

Lynch is NOT a political correct surname. Every bit as bad as the Confederate flag if you ask me.

chunga's picture

It's gotta be this "deep state" stuff that's helping the Klintones. They've been making monkeys out of everybody, shitting all over everything and everyone, for decades and they never get busted.

Stuck on Zero's picture

I can tell you from experience that it's not easy to set up a private email server. Without all the usual certificates 90% of the public email sites will not interact with your site.  You have to be very determined to do it to make it work properly.

jeff montanye's picture

imo delay is not hillary's friend, as long as the others involved get deposed and the depositions get publicized.  they might tell the truth so beat hillary to the story.  possibly the powers behind the throne are trying to save her from perjury (never seemed to faze bill).  and ease her out.

considering what utter trivia demands a password today, it will get people's attention that items labeled top secret and higher were not password protected.  it's kind of like a blowjob; everyone understands what is being talked about, unlike say the securitization of tranches of mortgages or the melting point of steel or the making of cell phone calls in flight in 2001 or . . . .

Mr. Universe's picture

According to the latest reports another reason they don't want any of these e-mails to see the light of day is because they contain correspondence with Hillary's Lesbo lovers. One source claims the "butch" Hillary will come out as bi after getting the nomination. This should ensure her the LGBT and friends vote. If you had told me 20 years ago we would come to this I wouldn't told you you were off your meds. Now I'm wondering about myself...this,  can't be reality?

Richard Chesler's picture

From the same Corrupt homosexual that gave you Eric Holder....

Never One Roach's picture

Past time for a Special Prosecutor.

macholatte's picture

It’s possible the FBI has completed its investigation into the emails and is off onto other targets like the Clinton Global Con Game as well as possible secondary targets; e.g. lobbyists who have committed espionage. There could be hundreds of targets. 

Barry needs the investigation to be completed so he knows who to pardon. Can you imagine a list of dozens of people getting pardoned? It boggles the mind.

"The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness: only power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from all the oligarchies of the past, in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power."
– 1984

Dormouse's picture

This is easier than the Over Charge button at Staples. We throw her in a lake and if she floats she's a witch and we can burn her.

Keyser's picture

The DOJ has tipped it's hand with this motion... It is now obvious that they will not seek an indictment against Shillary for her email transgressions... She will be the dem nominee for POTUS...  Sheer mockery of the entire US legal and judicial system with this farse...

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Keyser May 28, 2016 10:23 PM


Trump wants to run against this cretin because she is so weak.

I don't want them trying "the fresh face" bullshit. Run her.

strannick's picture

Ms. Loretta Lynch shows us that indeed, Black Lies Matter

Chauncey Gardener's picture

Democrats hold power. Republicans hold office. Big diffefence.

Shift For Brains's picture

Past time for a Specialist Inquisitor.  FIFY

OldTrooper's picture

Damn straight.  To bad the Republicans don't control congress or they could do that.  Wait...

Ballin D's picture

shes been a strong opponent to equal rights for homosexuals for materially all of her political career.  Would be an odd switchover since shes a democrat and wouldve been better off by being neutral/sympathetic anyway.  This theory doesnt really have much merit to it imo.

jeff montanye's picture

agreed.  nor obama.  ditto on drugs.

they are both republicans at heart.  she was a goldwater girl for goodness sake.

like her hubby she saw the democratic party as opportunity for advancement, little more.

he's just better at fooling people.  obama too but not as good as bill.

ZD1's picture

"hey are both republicans at heart.  she was a goldwater girl for goodness sake."


In her junior year at Wellesley College, Hillary became a supporter of Democrat Eugene McCarthy at the age of 21.

Following the assassination of Martin Luther King, she organized a two-day student strike and worked with Wellesley's black students to recruit more black students and faculty.

Hillary corresponded and met with Saul Alinsky, the infamous leftist community organizer who wrote ‘Rules for Radicals,' in 1968 while writing a Wellesley college thesis about his theory of community organizing.



NidStyles's picture

She was probably only doing Goldwater's stuff to sabotage them. The left is always using spooks and saboteurs, even all the way back to the French Revolution they are known for doing that.

John_Coltrane's picture

If it walks like a Fabian socialist, talks like a Fabian socialist... it is a Fabian Soicalist (the symbol of which is the wolf in sheeps clothing)

Its not reverse psychology-they really are psychotic, pathological, congenital liars who hate America and its white male founders and their constitution-and they don't fool anyone with a brain.


Mr. Universe's picture

This e-mail stuff is a distraction to take the focus off of what is in those e-mails. What kind of illegal activity are they protecting? All kinds I'm thinking, everything from Libya to Benghazi and who knows how many other Clinton clusterfucks.

corporatewhore's picture

Relying upon their history, the grifters have some money they're requiring for information provided--payoff.

Look over here, not there.


I surmise the real dirt is found in the "non profit" and that's where the payoff can be found.  A virtual pandora's box when examined and brought into sunlight.

TeamDepends's picture

She doesn't want the Amazon order of two dozen Jodie Foster sock puppets released to the public.

duo's picture

Hillary will have the launch codes written in pen on her arms.   We're doomed!


Q:  Why does Hillary always wear long sleeves?

A:  To keep the launch codes secret.

El Vaquero's picture

The deep state is divided, and if I had to wager, I'd wager that some of it has turned on the Clintons.  The negative press that Hillary has been getting lately smacks of somebody feeding reporters information, much like the CIA did with McCarthy back in the 1950s.  If I had to take a SWAG at who is feeding the press negative information this time, I'd guess the FBI. 

peddling-fiction's picture

Yep, there is an internal shuffling of seats.

El Vaquero's picture

The deep state has simply grown too big to not have factions with competing and conflicting interests.  It's funny how giant, bloated bureaucracies get that way.  

Mr. Universe's picture

Beyond that, take into account that perhaps Satanic rulers are manipulating things on a Global level. While certain , scratch that, while most members of the various factions running around for control and power would gladly sell their souls to the Devil, it isn't necessary most times. In fact they are just as much pawns as they think they are the puppet masters.  Remember the real masters always play both sides of any conflict. They wind up their minions like a top and let them go all Skittles on everything around them. Good times.

knukles's picture

Seriously funny.
So just wrong on so many levels.

ZD1's picture



Every one of the lawyers hired by the DOJ during the Obama regime have intensely leftist ideological backgrounds.

The Justice Department’s own inspector general recognized this fact and released a report that criticized the Division for hiring a majority of its lawyers from only five well-known liberal advocacy organizations including the National Council of La Raza and the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund.





jeff montanye's picture

if they are so fucking leftist how come they can't arrest one rich, guilty as hell, probably relatively politically conservative, socially destructive, asshole bankster??


ZD1's picture




The leftist lawyers at the DOJ would rather levy fines on big banks and then distribute the money collected to radical leftist groups that support Democrats.

Radical leftist groups like The National Council of La Raza received millions from a DOJ settlement with Bank of America while supporting more illegal immigration and denouncing Donald Trump.





jeff montanye's picture

that at least is an argument.  but it means it's just team sports; they don't really believe any actual leftist ideology or they would use their powers to do both as they are hardly mutually exclusive.  not to mention such prosecutions would be broadly politically popular, according to polls.

sounds to me like they are buying off what may be some real leftists and seducing them into the money game they play so incessantly.

they are "red" like the boston red sox. 

ZD1's picture

"if they are so fucking leftist how come they can't arrest one rich, guilty as hell, probably relatively politically conservative, socially destructive, asshole bankster? hmmm??



Since when have TBTF Wall Street banks been politically conservative, hmmm??

Wall Street bankers were among the top donors to Obama's presidential campaigns and are among the top donors to Hillary's presidential campaign.






jeff montanye's picture

and what have either done that isn't politically conservative except speeches and window dressing?

fight needless, useless wars, feed the military industrial complex and corporations generally, protect and defend neoconservatism and always help the rich.

it's not my idea of what conservatism should be but it comes pretty close to what the rnc thinks it is save for abortion, drugs and gays and neither obama or hillary was out front on any of it.  their base pulled them kicking and moaning into the 21st century.



Ballin D's picture

none of your examples are conservative.  Big military spending and big govt involvement in business are both liberal concepts.  You're just confused because the GOP is very liberal in those regards.

jeff montanye's picture

yeah yeah yeah.  i said not my idea the rnc's.  go find a u.s. politician who embodies your ideal.  hint: don't look in washington d.c.

Golden Phoenix's picture

Are you serious? Bill Clinton and Bob Rubin got rid of Glass/Steagall leading to the banking crisis and bailout. Clinton tongues are so far up banker asses they floss with shorthairs.

jeff montanye's picture

when oh christ jesus when are you naifs going to understand the traditional meanings of left and right? 

left is for the poor and right is for the rich.  it has been so since the french revolution (where the left and right stuff started).  i'm all for defining conservative in libertarian terms but you saw how many votes ron paul got last time he ran (got mine, changed registration to do it).  

bill clinton and bob rubin are not leftists (it's all i can do not to capitalize) because they do things that help the rich, the corporations and the war machine.  left does not mean the democratic party even though it has been at times the helper of the poor (at least in the opinion of the poor).

the republicans used to be the leftists (civil war and reconstruction).  didn't last.  the rich are indefatigable and oh yes have lots of money.  they never quit.

imo neither national political party is leftist as defined above and both trump and sanders are and it accounts for at least some of their strength.  we shall see.


BeanusCountus's picture

Think you're right. Besides Trump and Sanders, "left" and "right" are more a description of a politician's power base than idealogical following. They change like the wind. Left and Right simply refers to the pocket they deposit their money.

MasterControl's picture

Here let me help you.  You seem confused.


You're welcome.

BarkingCat's picture

So the government under Obama is staffed with nothing but affirmative action lawyers.

Explains the lack of prosecutions. Really difficult to win against those who actually deserved to be in law school.

The Merovingian's picture

The laws are only for the Sheeple, never for the ruling class. This shit burns me up. Selective enforcement simply undermines the entire system ffs. When do the torches and pitchforks come out?