Judicial Watch on Tuesday named seven aides to Hillary Clinton that the group is seeking to depose in federal court. The request comes as part of a lawsuit the watchdog group has filed in an effort to obtain records on Huma Abedin, who served as Clinton's deputy chief of staff during her tenure as secretary of state.
Those aides are Patrick F. Kennedy, an undersecretary for management; Donald R. Reid, a senior security coordinator for infrastructure; Bryan Pagliano, an IT assistant who helped to set up Clinton's personal server; Stephen D. Mull and Lewis A. Lukens, high-level officials at State during Clinton's tenure; Cheryl D. Mills, Clinton's chief of staff; and Huma Abedin.
Additionally, Judicial Watch is requesting that the State Department name its own expert witness who can speak to how the agency has processed Freedom of Information Act requests pertaining to Clinton and Abedin.
"This discovery will help Judicial Watch get all of the facts behind Hillary Clinton's and the Obama State Department's thwarting of FOIA so that the public can be sure that all of the emails from her illicit email system are reviewed and released to the public as the law requires," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement.
If the depositions requested by Judicial Watch give rise to a reason to depose Clinton, the group said, it reserves the right to do so. "If [Judicial Watch] believes Mrs. Clinton's testimony is required, it will request permission from the court at the appropriate time," the group said.
Tuesday's filing comes after a February ruling by Washington, D.C. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan that allowed Judicial Watch to proceed with discovery related to efforts by Clinton and her staff to undermine federal recordkeeping laws, in addition to a work arrangement that allowed Abedin to work for a consulting firm concurrently with her job at the State Department.
The State Department has until April 5 to respond to Judicial Watch's request, after which the group will have 10 days to issue a response of its own. Sullivan will rule on April 15 about whether Judicial Watch can proceed as it has requested.