Attorneys for Hillary aide Cheryl Mills seek to prevent release of audio and video of her deposition with Judicial Watch

There are signs of fear, even desperation on Team Hillary, as her top aides are about to be deposed by Judicial Watch, as part of discovery ordered by U.S. District Court judge Emmett Sullivan in Judicial Watch’s FOIA suit.  Josh Gerstein reports in Politico:

Hillary Clinton's former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, is asking a federal judge to order a conservative group not to release audio or video recordings of a deposition Mills is scheduled to give Friday about Clinton's use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.

Mills' attorneys filed a motion Wednesday afternoon saying they fear that the group that sought Mills' deposition in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, Judicial Watch, will use any recording to distort Mills' testimony and advance the group's anti-Clinton agenda.

"We are concerned that snippets or soundbites of the deposition may be publicized in a way that exploits Ms. Mills’ image and voice in an unfair and misleading manner," attorneys Beth Wilkinson and Alexandra Walsh wrote in the motion submitted to U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan. "Ms. Mills is not a party to this action. She is a private citizen appearing voluntarily to assist in providing the limited discovery the Court has permitted. ... Judicial Watch should not be allowed to manipulate Ms. Mills’ testimony, and invade her personal privacy, to advance a partisan agenda that should have nothing to do with this litigation."

This is extremely peculiar, because the attorneys do not object to release of the transcript, and do not explain why they would be less subject to the sort of editing they propose could happen with audio and video recordings.

I have to speculate that they think Mills is not a good liar, and they fear that her tone of voice, facial expression, body language, pauses, and other “tells” would be visible to the public.

Judicial Watch has until noon today to file a response.  I would suggest they agree to release only the entire deposition recordings.

There are signs of fear, even desperation on Team Hillary, as her top aides are about to be deposed by Judicial Watch, as part of discovery ordered by U.S. District Court judge Emmett Sullivan in Judicial Watch’s FOIA suit.  Josh Gerstein reports in Politico:

Hillary Clinton's former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, is asking a federal judge to order a conservative group not to release audio or video recordings of a deposition Mills is scheduled to give Friday about Clinton's use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.

Mills' attorneys filed a motion Wednesday afternoon saying they fear that the group that sought Mills' deposition in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, Judicial Watch, will use any recording to distort Mills' testimony and advance the group's anti-Clinton agenda.

"We are concerned that snippets or soundbites of the deposition may be publicized in a way that exploits Ms. Mills’ image and voice in an unfair and misleading manner," attorneys Beth Wilkinson and Alexandra Walsh wrote in the motion submitted to U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan. "Ms. Mills is not a party to this action. She is a private citizen appearing voluntarily to assist in providing the limited discovery the Court has permitted. ... Judicial Watch should not be allowed to manipulate Ms. Mills’ testimony, and invade her personal privacy, to advance a partisan agenda that should have nothing to do with this litigation."

This is extremely peculiar, because the attorneys do not object to release of the transcript, and do not explain why they would be less subject to the sort of editing they propose could happen with audio and video recordings.

I have to speculate that they think Mills is not a good liar, and they fear that her tone of voice, facial expression, body language, pauses, and other “tells” would be visible to the public.

Judicial Watch has until noon today to file a response.  I would suggest they agree to release only the entire deposition recordings.