Hillary Clinton has wriggled her way out of trouble again. The Democratic presidential nominee will not have to testify about her email server, and this time the decision came from the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court rejected an appeal from a conservative watchdog group to compel her to testify about using a personal email server while serving as secretary of state, Breitbart reported. The unsigned order was submitted without comment and shut down efforts to make her answer a deposition.
Judicial Watch hoped to overturn a previous ruling from last August that similarly excused Clinton from legal scrutiny. The group wanted to depose Clinton and her former aide Cheryl Mills as well as other potential witnesses about what was kept on that personal, unsecured server and whether it included classified information.
“Hillary Clinton ignored the law but received special protection from both the courts and law enforcement,” Tom Fitton, Judicial Watch president, said in a statement. “For countless Americans, this double standard of justice has destroyed confidence in the fair administration of justice.”
The watchdog group had been working on getting Clinton to talk since 2014, charging that she was trying to hide emails from Freedom of Information Act scrutiny, Fox News reported. In particular, Judicial Watch was interested in emails surrounding the 2012 attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi. At the time, she and others in the government were advancing the narrative that the attack happened over an obscure video, a story that subsequently unraveled.
The scandal over Clinton’s email server became an integral part of the 2016 presidential campaign. She was investigated by the FBI but no charges were ever filed despite then-FBI Director James Comey calling her “extremely careless” in July that year.
Former President Donald Trump capitalized on the massive controversy during one presidential debate. Trump rightly pointed out that her team “destroyed 33,000 emails” although the timing was called into question, The Washington Post reported.
Clinton broke the rules by using her personal server for government business. To date, she has not sufficiently paid for that action — except that she lost to Trump — and it looks like she will not be answering for it for the foreseeable future.