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FOIA News: Gov't asks court to limit discovery in Judicial Watch FOIA case

FOIA News (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

State Department seeks to restrict questions in lawsuit over Clinton email battle

By Spencer S. Hsu, Wash. Post, Apr. 6, 2016

Seven top State Department officials and aides to Hillary Clinton should not be questioned under oath about their handling of classified information on Clinton’s private email server as secretary of state or about pending FBI or inspector general investigations, the department said in a court filing late Tuesday.

The filing came in response to a plan by a conservative legal watchdog group to question current and former officials — including then-Undersecretary for Management Patrick F. Kennedy and Clinton Chief of Staff Cheryl D. Mills — to determine whether Clinton’s email arrangement thwarted federal open-records laws.

On Feb. 23, U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ordered both sides to come up with a “narrowly tailored” plan in the Judicial Watch public records lawsuit. The State Department said Tuesday that it understood the order to mean that questioning be limited to “the reasons for the creation of [the] system.”

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