And so it begins:

Judge Royce Lamberth ruled Tuesday that Obama administration officials, including national security adviser Susan Rice and deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, must answer written questions as part of a conservative judicial advocacy group's Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the State Department over Clinton's emails.

"Rice's talking points and State's understanding of the attack play an unavoidably central role in this case," he argued. Lamberth said questions about those issues could uncover "unsearched, relevant records" and "shed light on Clinton's motives for shielding her emails from FOIA requesters."

The judge approved the submission of written questions to Rice and Rhodes, who "helped develop Rice's talking points." But he rejected Judicial Watch's request to depose the two former Obama officials in person.