The Supreme Court on Monday denied a bid by a right-wing government watchdog group to require former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump the X-factor in Virginia governor race Surgeon who treated Gabby Giffords after shooting launches House bid in Arizona President Biden, on special interest money are you more an ‘Obama’ or a ‘Hillary?’ MORE to face a deposition over her use of personal email while secretary of state.
In an unsigned order issued without comment, the justices declined an appeal from Judicial Watch that followed a ruling last August by a federal appeals court panel which said Clinton could not be compelled to sit for a deposition.
Judicial Watch had sought to depose Clinton and aide Cheryl Mills over Clinton’s use of a personal email server in connection to the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
Clinton’s emails were subject to numerous investigations including by the FBI, which declined to charge her with violating federal records-keeping requirements or other crimes.
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Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton issued a statement in response to the court’s move.
“Hillary Clinton ignored the law but received special protection from both the courts and law enforcement,” he said. “For countless Americans, this double standard of justice has destroyed confidence in the fair administration of justice.”