Democrat presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has been ordered by a federal judge to go on the record “under penalty of perjury” regarding her use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state.
Speaking to Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, Judge Andrew Napolitano said the phrase “under penalty of perjury” used by U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan in the order is “a phrase rarely used by a federal judge,” signifying a serious attempt to get to the bottom of the Clinton email scandal.
Napolitano said that the order marks one of the most significant developments to date regarding Clinton’s use of a private server, noting that for the first time she – and two of her closest aides from her time at the State Department – will be forced to disclose how classified information was handled.
“Mrs. Clinton should be treated like anybody else who is obviously violating the law by failing to secure classified documents and keeping them in insecure venues not approved by the government,” Napolitano said, adding that until now Clinton has been able to largely act with impunity.
Noting that the government raided the home of Gen. David Petraeus when he was suspected of mishandling sensitive information, Napolitano said Obama’s Justice Department has shown a double standard with Clinton.
“Why was the government so enthusiastic to raid the home of General Petraeus, and not Secretary of State Hillary Clinton?” Kelly asked.
“I would suggest we have to address that question to Attorney General Lynch, or President Obama,” Napolitano said, adding that the government already knows Clinton had private possession of secure information.
The Obama administration might not be serious about getting to the bottom of Clinton’s email scandal, but at least one federal judge seems to be.
“Under penalty of perjury” isn’t a phrase Clinton can afford to take lightly, Napolitano argued.