In March 2016 New York Attorney Ty Clevenger requested the files relating to the investigation into Clinton’s emails through the Freedom of Information Act. “Therefore, records regarding your subject are withheld pursuant to FOIA exemptions”.
Comey then also said: “Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues meant to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information”. “The FBI should be held to a higher standard than that, especially in a matter of such great public interest and controversy”, he said.
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.
In another letter on Monday, Hardy shut down Clevenger’s request, again claiming there is not enough public interest in Clinton to justify releasing her records WND’s Alicia Powe reports.
But partially redacted transcripts of interviews with James Rybicki, Mr. Comey’s chief of staff, and Trisha Anderson, the FBI’s principal deputy general counsel of national security and cyberlaw, were turned over to to Mr. Grassley after he requested the information. Clevenger was stunned after the FBI’s response and expressed his disbelief towards their request.
Clevenger told The Washington Times that he believes the public should learn the truth about Clinton’s conduct despite her 2016 electoral defeat. “I know the bureaucracy is going to be a defender of Hillary Clinton and her corruption”. Members of the Committee allege Comey made the decision months before FBI agents were finished with the criminal investigation of her mishandling classified information during her time as Secretary of State.
“This petition will show the executive branch that there is sufficient public interest in releasing all Federal Bureau of Investigation records pertaining to this case”, reports Alicia Powe of WND.
Transcripts reviewed by the Senate Judiciary Committee reveal that former FBI Director James Comey began drafting an exoneration statement in the Clinton email investigation before the FBI had interviewed key witnesses. When Trump fired Comey on May 9, the president initially cited the Rosenstein memo, though he later indicated he removed Comey in part because of the ongoing FBI investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible coordination with the Trump campaign. “In this case, you had lawyers for the Trump administration come in and say the public interest doesn’t outweigh the privacy interests of Hillary Clinton, who has virtually zero privacy interests, given the public nature of her activities”, he explains.