State Department stonewalling AP on release of Hillary records
The Associated Press is going public with its frustration over the State Department’s failure to release public records of Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state. Stephen Braun of the AP writes:
The State Department has failed to turn over government documents covering Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure as secretary of state that The Associated Press and others requested under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act ahead of her presumptive presidential campaign. They include one request AP made four years ago and others pending for more than one year.
The agency already has missed deadlines it set for itself to turn over the material.
The State Department denied the AP's requests, and rejected the AP's subsequent appeals, to release the records sought quickly under a provision in the law reserved for journalists requesting federal records about especially newsworthy topics.
I guess the status of Mrs. Clinton as the presumptive Democrat nominee for president doesn’t qualify her activities as “newsworthy” in the eyes of the striped pants brigade. The AP is not the only group complaining of secrecy by what are laughably sometimes called our “public servants” at State.
On Wednesday, the conservative political advocacy group Citizens United sued the State Department for failing to disclose flight records showing who accompanied Clinton on overseas trips.
Citizens United, which in 2009 mounted a legal battle that led to the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning campaign finance limits, said the department unlawfully was withholding the records it sought nearly five months ago.
Once again, the “most transparent administration in history” is doing everything it can to cover its tracks. We are expected to vote on Hillary Clinton’s candidacy based on not on the facts of her stewardship of American diplomacy, but on dreck like this: