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So who is in charge of the FBI these days, anyway?


As reported by a number of news outlets, including The Daily Caller, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for documents pertaining to the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails was recently turned down by the feds on the basis that there is, in their opinion, no compelling public interest.

Ty Clevenger, the New York attorney who made the formal request for the information back in March 2016, heard directly from the FBI Records Management Division with their response that the bureau would proceed no further on behalf of his inquiry.

“You have not sufficiently demonstrated that the public’s interest in disclosure outweighs personal privacy interests of the subject,” the letter reads. “Therefore, records regarding your subject are withheld pursuant to FOIA exemptions.”


Clevenger was asked by the FBI why he thought the public had an interest in viewing the requested documents, a question he found way out of bounds.

“Frankly, I am stunned I should have to explain why my request pertains to a matter of public interest,” he shot back in a letter to the agency.

Speaking to The Washington Post, Clevenger went on about his surprise over the denial of his request.

“I’m just stunned. This is exactly what I would have expected had Mrs. Clinton won the election, but she didn’t. It looks like the Obama Administration is still running the FBI,” Clevenger said.

“How can a story receive national news coverage and not be a matter of public interest? If this is the new standard, then there’s no such thing as a public interest exception.”

By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large