A conservative watchdog group has gotten the green light to depose former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The group, Judicial Watch, is suing Clinton regarding improperly withheld public documents about the Islamic extremist terrorist attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012.
Clinton and the State Department long withheld public documents that should have been provided in response to Freedom of Information Act requests, including some requests from me while I covered the story at CBS News.
Complicating matters, it was later revealed that Clinton had improperly used her own personal server to conduct sensitive government communications. Her team then destroyed thousands of emails that were under Congressional subpoena. Clinton said they were not relevant.
Multiple investigations found Clinton mishandled some classified government documents in this way and possibly exposed U.S. information to hostile foreign sources.
However, the FBI -- led by anti-Trump agent Peter Strzok -- gave Clinton's closest aides immunity from prosecution. Then-FBI Director James Comey, also vehemently anti-Trump, recommended no charges against Clinton for the alleged crimes while she was running for president in 2016 against Trump, because Comey said Clinton did not understand the law dictating public records. He also said that any ill intent on Clinton's part would be difficult or impossible to prove.
On Monday, Judge Royce Lamberth ruled that even after numerous investigations, there are still outstanding questions about Clinton's use of a private email server, and whether she devised the practice to avoid providing public documents under FOIA law.
Judicial Watch will also be allowed questions two State Department officials who helped manage Clinton's email. And the group can depose Clinton aide Cheryl Mills, who has been slammed in the past for alleged FOIA violations and improper document management.
Mills was said to be present during a questionable post-Benghazi document "sorting" session in the basement of the State Department, as reported to me by then state department official Raymond Maxwell.
No law enforcement body to date has investigated the document-sorting session, which reportedly took place after the Benghazi probes began.