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FOIA News: Interviews in Civil Suit Over Hillary Clinton Email Server to Begin This Week

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Interviews in Civil Suit Over Hillary Clinton Email Server to Begin This Week

By Byron Tau, Wall Street Journal, May 17, 2016

Interviews in a civil lawsuit with current and former State Department officials concerning former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server will begin this week.

Lewis Lukens, a former deputy assistant secretary of state, will be interviewed under oath in the first deposition taken as part of a lawsuit by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch over access to Mrs. Clinton’s records during her time in office.

The civil lawsuit, which targets the State Department, doesn’t name Mrs. Clinton as a defendant, but it has the potential to complicate her presidential bid. Mrs. Clinton is seeking to clinch the Democratic nomination against rival Bernie Sanders and turn her attention to a likely general-election contest against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

The depositions, which will explore why Mrs. Clinton set up a private email server for her government work, will become part of the public record. Judge Emmet Sullivan, a Democratic appointee, granted Judicial Watch the right to conduct discovery, allowing the group to seek information from State Department officials—a rare order in a case concerning the Freedom of Information Act.

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