State Dept Delaying Release of Documents Till After Election, Trump Calls Foul

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes a question during a campaign rally at the Derry Boys and Girls Club in Derry, New Hampshire February 3, 2016.  REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Seven months ago, a federal judge ordered the State Department to release Hillary Clinton’s daily schedules – now State Department lawyers say they will – by December 30.

The schedules document who Clinton had meetings with during her term as Secretary of State.  The State Department has released about half the schedules so far since the judge’s order, but say they cannot possibly get the job done until after the election is over.  

The Republican National Committee and Donald Trump’s campaign are calling on the government to get it done before the election.

“It is unacceptable that the State Department is now refusing to release her official schedule before the election in full,” Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller said after the agency told AP lawyers late Friday that the last of the detailed schedules won’t be release until around Dec. 30.

“Voters deserve to know the truth before they cast their ballots,” Miller continued. “Hillary Clinton should immediately demand that these public records be released before voting begins.”

“Hillary Clinton needs to end the stonewalling and either call for their release or release them herself,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Friday in a statement. “Failure to exercise transparency will just further prove she isn’t concerned with telling voters the truth about her unethical behavior, a pattern that will continue if she is elected president.”

The Associated Press lawyers have formally requested that the State Department provide all minute-by-minute schedules by October 15.

After analyzing the schedules released so far, the AP has reported that over half the non-government people Clinton met with as Secretary of State had given money to the Clinton Foundation – either personally or through a group or organization they were affiliated with.

The State Department has delayed this for years.   The AP first requested Clinton’s calendars in 2010, and again in 2013, then it filed suit in federal court.   Even with the court order, seven months later, the State Department has only produced half of the schedules, and even those are highly edited.

The State Department is now estimating there are about 2,700 pages of schedules left. Under its process, it is reviewing and censoring them page-by-page to remove personal details such as private phone numbers or email addresses. In some cases it has censored names of people who met privately with Clinton or the subjects they discussed.

A State Department spokeswoman, Elizabeth Trudeau, declined to discuss the ongoing case and noted the agency is struggling with thousands of public records requests.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon had ordered the State Department to produce a percentage every 30 days, ensuring all records were released before the presidential election.   That hasn’t happened, and Fox News says it is unclear whether the judge will order faster results.

Earlier, Leon had stated that “this is a project where the State Department may be running out the clock.”







 

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