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FBI: No Public Interest in Hillary Emails

Written by Joe Scudder

They argue the Hillary emails must remain secret to the American people because they are of no public interest.

The fact that the FBI would argue that the Hillary emails are of no public interest is almost as enraging as the scandal of Hillary Clinton’s private server. The Hillary emails are at the center of a huge double standard where a person escaped prosecution (and almost got put in charge of the country) because of her powerful connections. As such, the emails are of immense public interest—the interest of people who want to see equal treatment under law.

The Washington Times reports, “FBI says lack of public interest in Hillary emails justifies withholding documents.

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.

Read the full Washington Times story.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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