The FBI is waning to turn over records related to its investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails by insisting a lack of public interest in the matter.
Ty Clevenger, an lawyer in New York City, registered a Freedom of Information Act( FOIA) asking in March of 2016 ask questions a variety of documents from the FBI and the Justice Department, including correspondence exchanged with Congress about the Clinton email investigation.
But in a letter addressed the coming week and obtained by Fox News, the head of the FBI’s Records Management Division told Clevenger that the members of the bureau has “determined you have not sufficiently has showed that the public’s those who are interested in revealing outweighs personal privacy the best interest of the subject.”
“You need to demonstrate that the general interest searched is a significant one”
“Therefore, records considering your subject are withheld made in accordance with FOIA exemptions, ” David M. Hardy of the FBI’s Records Management Division told Clevenger.
Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016, was investigated by the FBI for using a private email address and server to handle classified information while serving as secretary of state.
In July 2016, then-FBI Director James Comey famously called Clinton’s email arrangement “extremely careless” though he chose against recommending criminal charges.
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Though Clinton lost the election, Clevenger is still attempting to obtain documents related to the investigation. He’s seeking to prove she dedicated perjury, the Washington Times reported.
He specifically asked for all documents resulting from a September 6, 2016 referral to the Justice Department from then-House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican.
At the time, Chaffetz asked the department to “investigate and determine whether Secretary Clinton or her employees and contractors transgressed statues that veto ruin of records, obstruction of congressional probes, and hiding or covered under of indication cloth to a congressional investigation.”
On Aug. 8, the FBI expected Clevenger to detail why the public would be interested.
“If you seek disclosure of any existing records on this basis, you must demonstrate that the public interest in disclosure outweighs individual privacy attentions, ” the letter stated. “In this regard, you must show that the general interest endeavoured is a significant one, and that information requirements is likely to advance that interest.”
Clevenger conveyed skepticism at the request.
“Frankly, I am stunned I should have to explain why my application are related to a matter of public interest, ” Clevenger wrote in an Aug. 11 letter to the FBI.
He cited how Clinton was the Democratic nominee for chairman of the United States, a former secretary of state and a former senator.
Fox News’ Jake Gibson contributed to this report . i>
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