Judge Orders Clinton to Answer Written Questions About Email Use

A judge ordered Clinton to answer written questions from Judicial Watch.

Lawyers for Judicial Watch originally asked that Clinton be deposed in person, but the judge did not grant that request.

Judicial Watch wants to know whether Abedin’s employment status with the State Department and other outside groups connected to Clinton broke any rules. The group sued the State Department for relevant documents. During the court proceedings, Clinton’s email -- and the question of whether or not she deliberately sought to hide information normally subject to FOIA -- has been a central topic of discussion.

Clinton's camp issued a terse response to the ruling today, blasting the plaintiff as an anti-Clinton group. "Judicial Watch is a right-wing organization that has been attacking the Clintons since the 1990s. This is just another lawsuit intended to try to hurt Hillary Clinton's campaign, and so we are glad that the judge has accepted our offer to answer these questions in writing rather than grant Judicial Watch's request."

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton issued his own statement, saying "the decision is a reminder that Hillary Clinton is not above the law.”

Judge Sullivan ordered the written answeres be submitted no later than October 14.