From: nationalreview.com, by NRO Staff, on Aug 23, 2016, see the article HERE.
It was a long wait.
Today’s blockbuster report from the Associated Press about Hillary Clinton’s meetings with Clinton Foundation donors during her time as Secretary of State contained the following nugget: “The AP sought Clinton’s calendar and schedules three years ago, but delays led the AP to sue the State Department last year in federal court for those materials and other records.”
Three years ago.
The long wait was in keeping with a practice of slow-walking such requests for information.
In April, the State Department explained the fact that Clinton ignored 237 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests by saying that she was sitting Secretary of State at the time the requests were filed. According to the Washington Free Beacon, Clinton received 240 FOIA requests from 2009 to 2013 but only responded to three of them within the legally required timeframe.
Among the organizations that filed unanswered requests were the AP, Gawker, Judicial Watch, Citizens United, and Vice News. Some of these groups subsequently sued the State Department for failing to respond to their requests for information from Clinton’s records.
The State Department attempted to justify its delays by claiming that the number and complexity of records requests continued to increase until it was impossible to process them. Of course, the effect of the slow processing was to make it impossible for the A.P. to do the report that rocked the political world this afternoon.
A definition of the FOIA law is found on the Dept. of Justice website to be: “The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law that gives you the right to access information from the federal government. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government.”
Doesn’t that mean that FOIA requests are supposed to allow the citizens to see what’s going on “under the covers” in our government?
And doesn’t it follow that Hillary’s State Department was obviously preventing citizens from knowing about their government? That is, knowing about what Hillary was doing as Secretary of State? She didn’t ignore a dozen, or even a hundred of those pesky FOIA requests, she ignored 237 of them. Why? Because she didn’t want anyone to know what she was doing.
How much more evidence does a voter need to see to conclude that Hillary believes herself to be above the law?
Consider that we’re only now learning went on during her tenure at State and imagine, given the power of the presidency, what she might do if she became POTUS …