A federal judge has set a hearing for later this month on a conservative group’s demand that Hillary Clinton testify in a civil lawsuit relating to the home-based email server she used as secretary of state.
After Judicial Watch made the request Friday afternoon, U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan almost immediately ordered the government to respond by Tuesday and he set a hearing on the issue for July 18. That happens to be the first day of the Republican National Convention and a week before the opening of the Democratic National Convention, where Clinton is expected to receive the Democratic presidential nomination.
Sullivan previously authorized the conservative watchdog group to conduct depositions of several former aides to Clinton, including former chief of staff Cheryl Mills, deputy chief of staff Huma Abedin, computer specialist Bryan Pagliano and current Undersecretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy. The testimony was ordered in connection with a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit Judicial Watch filed seeking records about Abedin’s employment arrangements.