Elections

Citing ‘Campaign Business,’ Hillary Asks For Extra Time To Answer Judicial Watch Questions

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Chuck Ross Investigative Reporter

Attorneys for Hillary Clinton and the watchdog group Judicial Watch agreed on Wednesday to allow the Democratic presidential candidate an additional two weeks to answer a set of questions about her private email system.

According to Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton, Clinton asked for the extra time because of “campaign business.”

U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ruled last month that Clinton would have 30 days to answer questions submitted by Judicial Watch as part of its Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for State Department records.

The watchdog submitted a list of 25 questions on Aug. 30, meaning that Clinton had until Sept. 29 to respond.

But the past week has been a tough one for Clinton. She was reportedly diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday and fainted in New York City two days later. The medical issue forced her to step off the campaign trail for several days. She cancelled several fundraising events but will resume campaigning on Thursday.

With the delay, Clinton will have until Oct. 13 to answer the questions.

“Last week, Hillary Clinton requested from Judicial Watch two additional weeks to respond because of the unavailability of counsel and the press of campaign business, among other reasons,” Judicial Watch says in a press release.

The group had initially asked Sullivan for permission to depose Clinton. But the Bill Clinton-appointed judge denied the request. Judicial Watch has already deposed seven current and former State Department officials and Clinton aides as part of the discovery process for its suit.

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