Back in March 2016, a New York attorney made a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the FBI to obtain various documents pertaining to the agency’s probe of Crooked Hillary after it was revealed that she had used a private email address and server to transmit and receive classified information during her tenure as secretary of state. But the FBI is refusing to release such files, citing a lack of public interest.
“[…] you have not sufficiently demonstrated that the public’s interest in disclosure outweighs personal privacy interests of the subject,” FBI records management section chief David M. Hardy wrote in an August 28 letter addressed to Ty Clevenger, the New York lawyer. Hardy also emphasized that “[…] it is incumbent upon the requester to provide documentation regarding the public’s interest in the operations and activities of the government before records can be processed pursuant to the FOIA.”
“I’m just stunned. This is exactly what I would have expected had Mrs. Clinton won the election, but she didn’t. It looks like the Obama administration is still running the FBI,” Clevenger said after receiving the FBI’s response.
Interestingly, when former FBI Director James Comey acknowledged that Clinton and her staff had been “extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information” in July last year, Comey emphasized that he was dealing with “a case of intense public interest.” The former intelligence chief made these remarks a week after Bill Clinton met former Attorney General Loretta Lynch at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
“How can a story receive national news coverage and not be a matter of public interest? If this is the new standard, then there’s no such thing as a public interest exception,” Clevenger rightly pointed out this week.
Clevenger is particularly interested in the documents pertaining to then-House Oversight Chairman and Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz’ request that an investigation should be launched to “determine whether Secretary Clinton or her employees and contractors violated statutes that prohibit destruction of records, obstruction of congressional inquiries, and concealment or cover up of evidence material to a congressional investigation.”
Two weeks ago, Scoop reported that the FBI admitted lying to the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) after the watchdog filed an FOIA request to obtain documents relating to the June 2016 ‘social’ encounter that took place between Lynch and Bill Clinton. The FBI initially stated that they had not found any records responsive to the ACLJ’s request.
However, three weeks ago the intelligence agency reopened the watchdog’s request after admitting that potentially responsive records “may exist.”
So who is really running the FBI and why is the intelligence agency still protecting Crooked Hillary?Share