The long-running investigation into Hillary Clinton and the “email scandal” has reached a barrier. It seems that the FBI is not willing to hand over documents relating to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request citing a “lack of public interest”.
A New York Attorney, Ty Clevenger, filed the request back in March 2016 for FBI and the Justice Department documents, including correspondence with Congress about the Clinton email investigation. Over a year later, Clevenger has received a reply from the head of the FBI’s Records Management Division. According to Fox News: the FBI has “determined you have not sufficiently demonstrated that the public’s interest in disclosure outweighs personal privacy interests of the subject.” “Therefore, records regarding your subject are withheld pursuant to FOIA exemptions.”
Clevenger is attempting to prove that the former Secretary of State committed perjury. He is trying to get documents that relate Jason Chaffetz, who at the time was the House Oversight Chairman. Chaffetz asked the Justice Department to “investigate and determine whether Secretary Clinton or her employees and contractors violated statutes that prohibit destruction of records, obstruction of congressional inquiries, and concealment or cover up of evidence material to a congressional investigation.”
Clevenger was asked by the FBI to present a case showing why the public would be interested and what interest it served the public by obtaining these documents. According to the letter from the FBI, dated August, they specifically asked:
“If you seek disclosure of any existing records on this basis, you must demonstrate that the public interest in disclosure outweighs personal privacy interests…” “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’s response was one of amazement that this should even be asked: “Frankly, I am stunned I should have to explain why my request pertains to a matter of public interest,” he wrote in his reply.
The reality is that many people on both sides of the debate would like the investigation to be as open as possible and without hindrance. There are those who would like to see Secretary Clinton exonerated by the investigation, as well as those who want to see “Justice,” if there was in fact wrongdoing on her part. People on all sides of the debate are confused and angry that the FBI would “stonewall” an investigation of this magnitude with what is being described as “a fig leaf excuse.”