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FOIA News: Dep't of State employee pleads the 5th in Clinton email case

FOIA News (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

State IT official repeatedly takes Fifth Amendment in Clinton email lawsuit

By Josh Gerstein, Politico, Oct. 24, 2016

A retired State Department information technology official asserted his Fifth Amendment rights more than 90 times during a deposition Monday in a civil lawsuit related to Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, according to the conservative group that brought the litigation.

In August, a federal judge ordered John Bentel — former director of the Information Resources Management staff in Secretary of State Clinton's office — to submit to a sworn deposition in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch.

When ordering the questioning of Bentel, U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan noted that Bentel told the House Benghazi Committee last year that he had no recollection of being told about Clinton's private server, but emails that have become public in the past year or so showed he was informed about issues related to the server.

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