(Clinton.news) Republicans and conservatives have, for years, tried to see justice brought to the Clintons, by far one of the most investigated and compromised political families in recent history. There has been scandal and rumors of scandal following Bill and Hillary Clinton since their days in the Arkansas governor’s mansion.
Even now Hillary Clinton is under investigation by the FBI for wrongful use of a personal email server to conduct official business as secretary of state, for sending and receiving classified data and for possible improper use of her office to enrich her and her husband’s charitable foundation.
But the pair have always managed to elude punishment – though as president, Bill Clinton became the first chief executive to be impeached by the House in more than 100 years. That run of luck may be about to end, at least for the former first lady and now presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.
As reported by The Daily Beast, attorneys from Judicial Watch, a conservative legal watchdog group that has been the biggest thorn in the side of the Clintons since the “co-presidents” managed to win the White House in 1992, just scored a major victory in federal court. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan took the unusual step recently in allowing Judicial Watch to depose State Department officials and aides to Clinton in regards to her email server.
A frustrated Sullivan said from the bench that the “constant drip” of information – via leaks, news reports and tardy government compliance with court orders – which needed to stop and the process of getting to the bottom of what Clinton did – or did not do – sped up.
That’s good news for Judicial Watch, which has been trying to do just that via Freedom of Information Act lawsuits, primarily. But many more remain unresolved, and the organization believes if it can access the information it seeks, it will ultimately mean Clinton’s latest scandal will be her last, at least as a public official.
“Mrs. Clinton clearly has no respect for the rule of law,” Tom Fitton, Judicial Watch’s president, said in an interview last month with The Daily Beast at his offices in Washington. He said she and the president are masters at “using public office for personal gain” via high speaking fees, outsized advances on books (that ultimately did not sell well) and donations to the Clinton Foundation.
“The fact that they are a success is an indictment of Washington,” he said.
While Judge Sullivan’s order isn’t a panacea for Judicial Watch in its pursuit of data related to Clinton’s time in office and use of the server, it is huge in that in that being able to depose in a FOIA case doesn’t happen very often.
Some political observers say that as more days pass before the election it appears less likely that Obama’s Justice Department will actually indict Clinton. But that decision won’t even have to be made if the FBI says it cannot find enough evidence against her to even recommend an indictment (which, quite honestly, seems impossible given all we have learned through news reports). Every step of the way, however, Judicial Watch will be lurking.