Bureau re­jects Clin­ton records re­quest

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Cle­venger in a let­ter.

“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,” Mr. Hardy wrote.

Mrs. Clin­ton, is the 2016 Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee, for­mer chief diplo­mat, for­mer U.S. se­na­tor, and for­mer first lady of both the U.S. and Arkansas.

Her use of a se­cret email ac­count to con­duct govern­ment busi­ness while lead­ing the State De­part­ment was front-page news for much of 2015 and 2016, and was so strik­ing that the then-FBI direc­tor broke with pro­ce­dure and made both a public state­ment and ap­pear­ances be­fore Congress to talk about the bureau’s probe.

In the end, the FBI didn’t rec­om­mend charges against Mrs. Clin­ton, con­clud­ing that while she risked na­tional se­cu­rity, she was too tech­no­log­i­cally in­ept to know the dan­gers she was run­ning, so no case could be made against her.

The FBI says it will only re­lease records from its files if a sub­ject con­sents, is dead, or is of such public in­ter­est that it over­rides pri­vacy con­cerns.

Mr. Cle­venger said he thought it would have been clear why Mrs. Clin­ton’s case was of public in­ter­est, but he sent doc­u­men­ta­tion any­way, point­ing to a re­quest by mem­bers of Congress for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into whether Mrs. Clin­ton per­jured her­self in tes­ti­mony to Capi­tol Hill.

“I’m just stunned. This is ex­actly what I would have ex­pected had Mrs. Clin­ton

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