Videos of Hillary Clinton’s former aides and others giving depositions in a lawsuit related to her private email set-up will be kept secret, at least for now, a federal judge ruled Thursday.
U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan granted a request from former Clinton Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills that the deposition recordings be kept from the public because of the potential they could be used for partisan purposes or perhaps used in attack ads against Clinton, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination.
In a brief order Thursday afternoon, Sullivan acted on his own initiative to broaden Mills’ request, putting off limits the videos of all depositions in the case.
“The depositions permitted by the Court are limited in scope, but relate to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email practices during her tenure at the State Department,” the judge wrote. “The public has a right to know details related to the creation, purpose and use of the clintonemail.com system. Thus, the transcripts of all depositions taken in this case will be publicly available. It is therefore unnecessary to also make the audiovisual recording of Ms. Mills’ deposition public.”