by WorldTribune Staff, August 30, 2017
The public just isn’t interested enough in Hillary Clinton’s FBI files to have them released, the agency said in rejecting a lawyer’s open-records request.
“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 lawyer Ty Clevenger in a letter on Aug. 28.
Clevenger said he is seeking to get Clinton and her personal attorneys disbarred for their handling of her official emails during her time as secretary of state.
“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 (Freedom of Information Act)” request, Hardy wrote.
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.
“I’m just stunned,” Clevenger told The Washington Times. “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 he thought it would have been clear why 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 Clinton perjured herself in congressional testimony.
“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 said.