U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth confirmed Judicial Watch’s central role in exposing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email address and a home-brew server to conduct official business when he granted limited discovery to the conservative government watchdog March 29.
Judicial Watch could hold an even more influential role if it is able to uncover additional information surrounding the scandals through this discovery process — a legal device litigants use to gain pre-trial evidence under oath from an adverse witness.
Lamberth’s decision was the latest step in litigation that began March 17, 2015, with a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of State for documents concerning public statements made by Obama administration officials in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.
Discovery was necessary, Lamberth ruled, because “where there is evidence of government wrong-doing and bad faith, as here, limited discovery is appropriate, even though it is exceedingly rare in FOIA cases.”
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