Election 2016 can be boiled down to a few words: outsider, MAGA, deplorables, huge and EMAILS.
Google “Hillary emails” and you get 11.7 million results. Her email scandal was a very significant part of the outcome of the election. Even Hillary acknowledged that her email scandal was covered like “Pearl Harbor.”
To pretend that A FOIA request for the files related to the email investigation has “not sufficiently demonstrated that the public’s interest in disclosure outweighs personal privacy interests of the subject” is nuts!
A close election was likely heavily influenced by this exact issue and you don’t think the public has a right to know the facts?! The former secretary of state appears to have broken several serious laws and it’s not enough to be “in the public interest” to release the documents?
As American taxpayers, we own this information. We have a right to know exactly what those in power are up to and how they have or haven’t put our nation at risk. To say that it is not enough “in the public’s interest” to release these documents is an absolute joke. Do they really think the American people are idiots? I am flabbergasted.
H/T Fox News
The FBI is declining to turn over files related to its investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails by arguing a lack of public interest in the matter.
Ty Clevenger, an attorney in New York City, filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in March of 2016 asking for a variety of documents from the FBI and the Justice Department, including correspondence exchanged with Congress about the Clinton email investigation.
But in a letter sent this week and obtained by Fox News, the head of the FBI’s Records Management Division told Clevenger that the bureau has “determined you have not sufficiently demonstrated that the public’s interest in disclosure outweighs personal privacy interests of the subject.”
“Therefore, records regarding your subject are withheld pursuant to FOIA exemptions,” David M. Hardy of the FBI’s Records Management Division told Clevenger.
Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016, was investigated by the FBI for using a private email address and server to handle classified information while serving as secretary of state.
In July 2016, then-FBI Director James Comey famously called Clinton’s email arrangement “extremely careless” though he decided against recommending criminal charges.
Though Clinton lost the election, Clevenger is still attempting to obtain documents related to the investigation. He’s seeking to prove she committed perjury, the Washington Times reported.
He specifically asked for all documents resulting from a September 6, 2016 referral to the Justice Department from then-House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican.
At the time, Chaffetz asked the department to “investigate and determine whether Secretary Clinton or her employees and contractors violated statues that prohibit destruction of records, obstruction of congressional inquiries, and concealment or cover up of evidence material to a congressional investigation.”
On Aug. 8, the FBI asked Clevenger to detail why the public would be interested.
“If you seek disclosure of any existing records on this basis, you must demonstrate that the public interest in disclosure outweighs personal privacy interests,” the letter stated. “In this regard, you must show that the public interest sought is a significant one, and that the requested information is likely to advance that interest.”
Clevenger expressed disbelief at the request.
“Frankly, I am stunned I should have to explain why my request pertains to a matter of public interest,” Clevenger wrote in an Aug. 11 letter to the FBI.
He cited how Clinton was the Democratic nominee for president of the United States, a former secretary of state and a former senator.
I honestly wonder if David Hardy laughed as he typed up his response to the FOIA request. How in the world do you keep a straight face in spewing such a bold and utter lie?
Former FBI Director Comey called Hillary’s handling of classified information “extremely careless.” National security was put at risk by the former secretary of state, and yet her “personal privacy interests” outweigh advancing the public interest? So there is nothing we can learn from a situation that saw a high ranking, government official turned presidential candidate being “extremely careless?!”
Some voters based their vote on this issue. Yet this denial of information treats the emails as nothing more than an attempt to gossip about Hillary’s yoga. The secretary of state is 4th in line to the presidency and yet there is nothing to see here! No need for the public to know what really happened. What a load of bull!