On Thursday evening, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan issued an order preventing the distribution of videotaped depositions connected to the Hillary Clinton email scandal.
The move comes after lawyers for Clinton’s former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, requested the seal to prevent their use for political purposes.
As part of his decision, Sullivan has sealed the tapes until he orders otherwise. However, transcripts of the tapes will be released.
“The public has a right to know details related to the creation, purpose and use of the clintonemail.com system,” said Sullivan.
According to the judge, sealing the videotapes will simply “avoid unnecessary briefing” going forward.
The ruling was handed down just hours before Mills was set to appear before lawyers representing Judicial Watch, a conservative legal watchdog organization.
On Friday, lawyers for the group will question Mills on the setup and use of Clinton’s private server as part of a larger investigation into the matter.
Judicial Watch will interview multiple current and former Clinton staff as part of the group’s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, which has been underway for some time.
In one of the transcripts released so far, State Department official Lewis Lukens claimed he was unaware Clinton used her private email for official matters.
“My understanding was that she was using the equipment to contact family and friends,” said the former deputy executive secretary at the State Department.
Clinton has continued to deny any wrongdoing in her conduct. However, according to a new report released by the State Department’s Inspector General, the Democratic presidential candidate clearly failed to follow the law. (For more from the author of “Federal Judge Seals Video Evidence Pertaining to Clinton Email Scandal” please click HERE)