The FBI is refusing to hand over files related to its investigation of the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails by claiming a lack of public interest in their release.
In March 2016, Ty Clevenger, a lawyer in New York City, filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for a variety of documents from the Justice Department and the FBI, including correspondence exchanged with Congress regarding the Clinton email investigation.
But in a letter sent this week that was obtained by Fox News, the director of the FBI’s Records Management Division informed Clevenger that the bureau has “determined you have not sufficiently demonstrated that the public’s interest in disclosure outweighs personal privacy interests of the subject.”
“You must show that the public interest sought is a significant one”
Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, was investigated by the FBI for handling classified information on a private email address and server while she was secretary of state.
In July 2016, the FBI Director at the time, James Comey, famously referred to Clinton’s email arrangement as “extremely careless” even though he didn’t choose to recommend criminal charges.
Though (fortunately for us) Clinton lost the election, Clevenger is still trying to get documents related to the investigation. He’s attempting to prove she’s guilty of perjury, the Washington Times reported.
He specifically requested all documents that came from a referral to the Justice Department on September 6, 2016 from the House Oversight Chairman at the time, Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican.
Back in September 2016, Chaffetz asked the department to “investigate and determine whether Secretary Clinton or her employees and contractors violated statues that prohibit destruction of records, obstruction of congressional inquiries, and concealment or cover up of evidence material to a congressional investigation.”
On Aug. 8, the FBI requested that Clevenger detail why the public would be care about the records.
“If you seek disclosure of any existing records on this basis, you must demonstrate that the public interest in disclosure outweighs personal privacy interests,” the letter said. “In this regard, you must show that the public interest sought is a significant one, and that the requested information is likely to advance that interest.”
Clevenger expressed shock at the request.
“Frankly, I am stunned I should have to explain why my request pertains to a matter of public interest,” Clevenger wrote in a letter to the FBI on August 11th.
He mentioned how Clinton was once the Democratic nominee for president and had been both secretary of state and a senator. On that basis, we have a right to know the truth about Hillary!