Thursday, October 13, 2016

Clinton answers written questions under penalty of perjury in email lawsuit




Clinton answers written questions under penalty of perjury in email lawsuit

By Josh Gerstein

10/13/16 07:34 PM EDT

Updated 10/13/16 07:05 PM EDT


Hillary Clinton submitted formal answers under penalty of perjury on Thursday about her use of a private email server, saying 20 times that she did not recall the requested information or related discussions, while also asserting that no one ever warned her that the practice could run afoul of laws on preserving federal records.

"Secretary Clinton states that she does not recall being advised, cautioned, or warned, she does not recall that it was ever suggested to her, and she does not recall participating in any communication, conversation, or meeting in which it was discussed that her use of a e-mail account to conduct official State Department business conflicted with or violated federal recordkeeping laws," lawyers for Clinton wrote.

Clinton also said she could not recall ever being warned about any hacking or attempted hacking of her private account or server.

Clinton signed the legal filing Monday "under penalty of perjury." The submission was ordered by a federal judge in connection with a Freedom of Information Action lawsuit filed by the conservative group Judicial Watch.

Lawyers for the group asked for a live deposition where they could question Clinton in person, but U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan instead ordered Clinton to answer written questions.

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Clinton's answers generally track with her public statements on the issue and with FBI reports about what she said during an interview conducted in July.

Clinton "decided to use a account for the purpose of convenience," her lawyers said. Asked what other reasons she may have had for doing so, she gave no ground.

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