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FOIA News: Mills, State Department oppose video release in Clinton email case

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Mills, State Department oppose video release in Clinton email case

By Josh Gerstein, Politico, Dec. 19, 2016

Lawyers for the State Department and former Hillary Clinton aide Cheryl Mills are opposing a conservative group's move to unseal videos of depositions taken in a Freedom of Information act lawsuit relating to Clinton's use of a private email account.

Attorneys for Mills and attorneys for the diplomatic agency where she formerly worked as chief of staff under Clinton are urging U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan not to disturb a prior order barring publication of videos of the depositions taken in the case brought by watchdog group Judicial Watch. Transcripts of the depositions were made public shortly after they took place.

Judicial Watch argued in a motion filed earlier this month that the ban on distribution of the videos should be lifted since the presidential election has passed, diminishing the chances the videos will become fodder for election-related ads.

However, lawyers for Mills and State said the judge's brief order in May that put the videos under wraps made no mention of the election.

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