Judge seals all video interviews in Clinton email case

Judge seals all video interviews in Clinton email case
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A federal judge is preventing the distribution of videotaped depositions as part of a lawsuit connected to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPoll: Majority of Democratic voters happy with their choices among 2020 contenders No presidential candidate can unite the country GOP lawmakers speak out against 'send her back' chants MORE’s use of private email server while secretary of State.

In an order on Thursday evening, Judge Emmet Sullivan granted the request of lawyers for Clinton’s ex-chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, who had worried that video clips of her interview could be used for political purposes.

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And Sullivan went further, ordering all videotaped depositions to remain sealed until he ordered otherwise. The move, he said in a brief order, was to “avoid unnecessary briefing” going forward.

Transcripts of the interviews, however, will be released.

“The public has a right to know details related to the creation, purpose and use of the clintonemail.com system,” Sullivan ruled.

The decision comes hours before Mills’s scheduled appearance before lawyers with conservative legal watchdog Judicial Watch to discuss the setup and use of Clinton’s private email address and server.

The organization is interviewing multiple current and former aides to Clinton as part of its lawsuit, filed under the Freedom of Information Act.

A transcript from the first two-hour interview, with State Department official Lewis Lukens, was released on Thursday.

In that interview, Lukens claimed to have little knowledge of Clinton’s email setup and said that he believed she used her personal account to communicate with “family and friends.”