When it comes to the Clintons the normal rules that apply to the rest of us apparently do not apply to them. For example, in a FOIA act lawsuit brought over the Clinton e-mails by Judicial Watch, a conservative group, Hillary Clinton’s chief of state Cheryl Mills was deposed and her deposition was videotaped. Prior to Mills’ deposition, her lawyers requested that it not be released to the public, so it could not be used against Clinton for partisan political purposes. In a bizarre ruling, Judge Emmet Sullivan agreed that the video of the depositions could not be released to the public, but that transcripts of the depositions could be released. He then, sua sponte ( by the court’s unilateral action) made this decision applicable to all depositions taken in the case.
Legal suits, in most cases, are public matters. The public normally has a right to access to the materials of such a lawsuit, absent matters that a court finds to be subject to some sort of legal privilege. There is no legal privilege protecting materials in a lawsuit from being used for political purposes.
Fortunately Phelim McAleer, an independent filmmaker, is dramatizing the depositions. Only the text of the depositions is used in the films. McAleer is used to telling the stories the news media tries to ignore for political reasons. He has just finished filming on a movie about abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who he describes as the most prolific serial killer in American history. He is kickstarting his project to dramatize the Clinton e-mail depositons. Go here if you wish to contribute. I did.
The above video is the deposition of Bryan Pagliano, Clinton’s tech guru at the State Department who set up Clinton’s private e-mail server. During his 80 minute deposition he took the Fifth Amendment 312 times. Go here to view the video of the deposition of Chery Mills. Go here to view the deposition of Stephen Mull.