Cheryl Mills, Hillary Clintons’ former chief of staff, has petitioned a federal judge to block the release of audio and video recordings of her deposition, scheduled for Friday. The former aide will be discussing Clinton’s private email server used while she was secretary of state.
A motion was filed by Mills’ attorney on Wednesday on grounds of fear that the conservative group requesting the deposition through the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit will use the recordings to distort her testimony and further their anti-Clinton agenda.
The motion states that Mills is not opposed to the release of the transcript of her testimony. The State Department may be opposed to releasing the testimony if its off-limits areas are discussed.
The motion claims that video and audio clips are more likely to be taken out of context than a transcript, but does not elaborate on why written quotes couldn’t be distorted in a similar way.
Shortly after the motion was filed, the U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan issued an order that gives the conservative group an opportunity to give a formal response to the motion by noon on Thursday.
A spokesperson for the group said it’s evaluating the motion and will submit a response by the deadline.