FBI: Not enough in­ter­est in emails to re­lease them

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - BY STEPHEN DINAN

Hil­lary Clin­ton’s case isn’t in­ter­est­ing enough to the public to jus­tify re­leas­ing the FBI’s files on her, the bureau said this week in re­ject­ing an open-records re­quest by a lawyer seek­ing to have the for­mer sec­re­tary of state pun­ished for per­jury.

Ty Cle­venger has been try­ing to get Mrs. Clin­ton and her per­sonal at­tor­neys dis­barred for their han­dling of her of­fi­cial emails dur­ing her time as sec­re­tary of state. He’s met with re­sis­tance among lawyers, and now his re­quest for in­for­ma­tion from the FBI’s files has been shot down.

“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 told Mr. won the elec­tion, but she didn’t. It looks like the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion is still run­ning the FBI,” Mr. Cle­venger told The Wash­ing­ton Times.

“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,” he said.

The FBI didn’t pro­vide com­ment when asked how it bal­ances public in­ter­est ver­sus pri­vacy in open-records re­quests.

Seek­ing to clear up any con­fu­sion over the level of public in­ter­est, one per­son for­warded to The Wash­ing­ton Times a pe­ti­tion started on the White House web­site to de­mand re­lease of the doc­u­ments.

“The as­sump­tion made by Mr. Hardy that such a re­lease is not in the public in­ter­est is in­valid and the FBI should im­me­di­ately re­lease these doc­u­ments,” said the pe­ti­tion, started by user “C.S.”

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