How did FOIA Requests for Hillary Clintons emails get handled? The State Department refuses to say.
First we learn that Hillary Clinton exclusively used a private email account to conduct official State Department business. Then we learned that at least two (and perhaps more) of her staff at State Department also used private email accounts.
Now the State Department is refusing to explain what they did with FOIA requests for Clinton’s email.
From the Daily Caller: “State Department Refusing To Answer How It Handled Open Records Requests For Hillary Emails.”
The State Department is refusing to provide insight into how the federal agency handled Freedom of Information Act requests for Hillary Clinton’s emails, as fallout from Clinton’s use of a private email account as secretary of state is poised to stretch into a third day.
As The Daily Caller, The New York Times and others noted on Tuesday, Clinton’s use of a personal email account — [email protected] — thwarted the FOIA request process.
Since 2009, federal regulations have required agencies to preserve emails generated on outside systems. By failing to make those documents available to the Department, Clinton avoided having her emails made subject to numerous FOIA requests.
TheDC wanted to know how the State Department handled those FOIA requests once they were submitted by media outlets and special interest groups.
Did the FOIA office search State Department email systems for Clinton’s records and then, because she had not made them available to the agency, determine that no records existed? Or did the FOIA office contact Clinton or her aides only to be told that no such records existed?
Figuring that out would shed light on who was responsible for the agency being in violation of federal regulations. It would also help determine whether Clinton went out of her way to avoid transparency, an allegation which was bolstered by Wednesday’s revelation that the former first lady operated a private email server out of her Chappaqua, N.Y. home.
But no one wants light shed on the workings of a Federal bureaucracy. They want us to be blindly loyal and stop asking questions.