FBI to re­lease more de­tails of in­ves­ti­ga­tions into Clin­ton’s emails

The Washington Times Daily - - FROM PAGE ONE - BY STEPHEN DI­NAN

Weeks af­ter say­ing there wasn’t enough pub­lic in­ter­est in Hil­lary Clin­ton’s email case, the FBI’s de­ci­sion has been mod­i­fied, and the bureau will pub­licly re­lease more de­tails of its ob­struc­tion of jus­tice probe into the for­mer sec­re­tary of state.

The Jus­tice Depart­ment con­firmed the new po­si­tion in a let­ter Thurs­day to Ty Cle­venger, a lawyer who’d filed an open records re­quest for the in­for­ma­tion.

The FBI had ini­tially told him there wasn’t enough pub­lic in­ter­est to out­weigh Mrs. Clin­ton’s pri­vacy con­cerns, but he ap­pealed to the Jus­tice Depart­ment, which said it was “mod­i­fy­ing the FBI’s re­sponse.”

Jus­tice Depart­ment of­fi­cial Sean R. O’Neill said that af­ter speak­ing with Mr. Cle­venger, they have con­cluded that the records in ques­tion are part of the Clin­ton email in­ves­ti­ga­tion file, which he said they’re al­ready mak­ing pub­lic in in­stall­ments.

“Any records con­cern­ing the FBI’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion of ob­struc­tion of jus­tice are cur­rently be­ing pro­cessed by the FBI along with the re­main­der of the Clin­ton email in­ves­ti­ga­tion file. The FBI is pub­licly post­ing all re­leasable records on a rolling ba­sis,” he said.

The records are be­ing posted at the FBI’s “vault,” a sec­tion of the bureau’s web­site, un­der the head­ing “Hil­lary R. Clin­ton.”

“The FBI will con­tinue to process and post sub­se­quent re­leases of re­spon­sive records un­til pro­cess­ing of the en­tire in­ves­tiga­tive file is com­plete,” Mr. O’Neill said.

Mr. Cle­venger took that to mean the Jus­tice Depart­ment had over­ruled the FBI and re­versed its ear­lier de­ci­sion.

Ear­lier this week Mr. Cle­venger won a rul­ing from a state judge in Mary­land who over­ruled the state bar coun­sel’s of­fice and or­dered an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into whether Mrs. Clin­ton’s lawyers should face dis­ci­pline for their han­dling of Mrs. Clin­ton’s emails.

Mr. Cle­venger says that by delet­ing emails that the gov­ern­ment later de­ter­mined were of­fi­cial records — and that were sub­ject to preser­va­tion re­quests — the lawyers en­gaged in de­struc­tion of ev­i­dence.

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