Hillary Clinton submitted written answers under oath about her private email server in connection with a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the conservative group Judicial Watch.
Much of the legal filing, ordered by a federal judge, includes answers similar to what she’s stated publicly as well as in a now-closed FBI investigation, saying she was never warned her account might violate federal records laws or that it might be subject to hacking attempts.
In the filing, offered by her lawyers, the Democratic presidential nominee also said she recalled no conversation with technology aide Bryan Pagliano “concerning or relating to the management, preservation, deletion, or destruction of any e-mails in her clintonemail.com email account.”
She also gave no explanation for creating the server, which was migrated from a previous system used for her husband’s staff, beyond that it was for the sake of convenience.
Republicans have been pressing for additional investigations into Clinton’s use of a private email server after FBI director James Comey declined to press criminal charges, even as he concluded that Clinton was “extremely careless” in her use of a private server.
As a U.S. senator from New York, Clinton used a personal account for work and personal email, which she transitioned into her clintonemail.com account, the filing said.
Much like she’s repeatedly said in public, she also said she thought her official communications with State Department staff was being captured by their state.gov accounts.
One of the questions was about Clinton’s prior public comments that “it was recommended” to her to use a private email account while she was secretary. Clinton said she was referring to comments former Secretary of State Colin Powell made to her when she was taking office.
“Secretary Clinton states that former Secretary of State Colin Powell advised her in 2009 about his use of a personal e-mail account to conduct official State Department business,” it said.
Lawyers for Judicial Watch had wanted her to give oral testimony, though U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan ordered her to provide written answers.
Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon responded by saying the exercise was politically motivated. “Secretary Clinton has answered these same questions in multiple settings for over a year, and her answers here are entirely consistent with what she has said many times before,” Fallon said. “Judicial Watch is a right-wing organization that has been attacking the Clintons since the 1990s, and this frivolous lawsuit is just its latest failed attempt to hurt her campaign for the Presidency.”
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