US Justice Dept. Opposes Hillary Clinton’s Challenge to Rare Deposition Order

US Justice Dept. Opposes Hillary Clinton’s Challenge to Rare Deposition Order

The former U.S. secretary of state’s lawyers at Williams & Connolly question the Justice Department’s position and assertions in the pending D.C. Circuit case over Clinton’s email practices.

By Mike Scarcella | April 13, 2020 at 03:08 PM    

The Trump administration has declined to back Hillary Clinton as she tries to block a rare court order requiring the former high-ranking cabinet official to sit for a deposition in a public-records lawsuit that confronts her email practices during her time as the U.S. secretary of state.

Clinton, represented by a team from Williams & Connolly, and former aide Cheryl Mills last month appealed a Washington trial judge’s order to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Their case tests the high bar that plaintiffs must hurdle to secure a deposition involving a current or former cabinet secretary. Mills is represented by lawyers from the litigation boutique Wilkinson Walsh.

The U.S. State Department, represented by the Justice Department, said in a recent filing at the D.C. Circuit that the government “does not support the extraordinary relief of mandamus due to the unique circumstances of this case.” The Justice Department historically has resisted efforts by plaintiffs to depose high-ranking officials; the government’s legal team in the Clinton case argued that the dispute over Clinton’s e


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