Lawyer Ty Clevenger has been working tirelessly to get Hillary Clinton and her personal lawyers punished for the way they dealt with official emails while Clinton was secretary of state. He has encountered multiple roadblocks in trying to get records and now has been denied by the FBI as well. They informed him that there was not enough public interest in the case to justify releasing files.
FBI Records Management Section Chief David M. Hardy sent Clevenger a letter stating;
“You have not sufficiently demonstrated that the public’s interest in disclosure outweighs personal privacy interests of the subject. 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.”
This explanation is mind boggling because America has certainly shown they want answers. Candidate Donald Trump was often met with cries of “lock her up” at rallies in regards to his then-opponent Hillary.
Public interest aside, it makes little sense that a Freedom of Information Act request would be based on such a vague idea as “interest.” Yet the FBI insists they do not release records unless “a subject consents, is dead, or of such public interest that it overrides privacy concerns.” Clearly, they have not been paying attention for the past several years while the public has waited anxiously to find out just what happened with Hillary’s emails. Maybe they missed former Director Comey’s senate hearings?
Clevenger has stated that he is shocked at this response. “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. 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.”
The FBI has not commented further on the issue. Perhaps it is time that public demonstrates just how much interest we have in this situation.
Source: Washington Times