Who could forget during the first Democrat primary debate when Bernie Sanders said, in reference to Hillary Clinton, that the American public is tired of hearing about her “damn emails”?
It’s a claim I bet he wished he could take back, as it turned out people did care about those “damn emails” after all. At least Hillary Clinton seems to think so, given how often she blames her electoral defeat on her emails and the resulting FBI investigation into them. On the other hand, I suppose Hillary is willing to attribute any cause to her defeat that isn’t “Hillary Rodham Clinton.”
If there is anyone to blame for her email scandal, it’s Hillary’s own incompetence, not former FBI Director James Comey for investigating it. No one forced Hillary to use her own private email server, nor did anyone force her to delete 33,000 of her own emails instead of turning them over to the FBI. There’s an old saying that “those who have nothing to hide have nothing to worry about,” and when she went through so much effort to delete her emails, it certainly gives the impression that she has something to hide.
So would you believe the FBI doesn’t think there’s enough public interest to release any documents related to the case?
That’s reportedly what has occurred. A lawyer investigating Clinton’s missing emails was just informed that the FBI would refrain from releasing them, citing a lack of public interest.
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, the lawyer, has been trying to get Mrs. Clinton and her personal lawyers 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. Clevenger in a letter Monday.
“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.
Again, by refusing to release any of their files on her, the FBI puts themselves in the position of looking like they’re hiding something. After all, who could forget when James Comey let her off the hook, failing to recommend charges only after listing a number of ways she broke the law.
There’s more to the case, but without any intervention from President Donald Trump, we’ll never know.
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