Nice try, J. Edgar.

Federal judge to FBI: Yeah, no, you have to release the Hillary e-mail documents

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Rob told you yesterday about the FBI’s curious claim that they didn’t have to honor a FOIA request for documents related to the Hillary e-mail investigation, claiming there is not enough public interest in the matter.

Right. Hardly anyone cares about this.

It didn’t take long for a federal judge to smack the FBI down and order it to comply with the law:


U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg said court papers that describe the grand jury subpoenas the FBI obtained to press for information from Clinton’s internet service providers can be made available to the public, the Washington Times reported.

“After reviewing the document in camera, the court concludes that it largely rehashes information already made public, thus obviating any need for secrecy,” the judge said.

Two groups, Judicial Watch and Cause of Action Institute, have been pressing the government for more information about the Clinton emails, and they say the ruling is a victory for transparency.

“This order makes public details submitted by the government about the FBI’s efforts to recover then-Secretary Clinton’s unlawfully removed emails. Americans deserve to know the full scope of that investigation,” COA President John J. Vecchione told the newspaper.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said he doesn’t understand why the Trump administration was still backing the Obama administration’s fight against transparency.

“President Trump ought to be outraged his appointees are protecting Hillary Clinton,” Fitton said. “The State Department should initiate action with the Justice Department — and both agencies should finally take the necessary steps to recover all the government emails Hillary Clinton unlawfully removed.”

I suspect that’s exactly how President Trump feels about it. We’ve seen since the day the president took office that the deep state bureaucracies within the executive branch have an agenda to undermine and sabotage his leadership, and it’s clear that the FBI’s established leadership has been looking to protect Hillary from the beginning of this matter.

That includes James Comey, by the way, who we now learn had made the decision to let Hillary skate months before the investigation was even concluded. The agents who were questioning witnesses in this matter were, in retrospect, stuck with a jerk-off assignment that was being undertaken strictly for show.

During the election campaign the State Department was slow-walking the release of documents as much as it could, and when it did have to release anything, it could count on the news media to minimize its importance. The FBI has been trying the same thing, in spite of the fact that its ultimate boss is now a Republican president - maybe because of that.

All the hulaballoo about the Trump/Comey meeting from March, along with the suggestion that Trump isn’t allowed to tell the FBI what to do (as if they don’t answer to him), may have emboldened renegade FBI agents to believe they can do whatever they want regardless of what Trump thinks. Let’s see if they want to try the same thing with a federal judge.


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