The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has said it will not be releasing files related to the 2014 email probe of then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton due to lack of public interest, according to Fox News.
Fox News obtained a letter the FBI sent this week, in which the head of the FBI’s Records Management Division said the bureau has “determined you [attorney Ty Clevenger] have not sufficiently demonstrated that the public’s interest in disclosure outweighs personal privacy interests of the subject,” Fox reported.
“Therefore, records regarding your subject are withheld pursuant to FOIA exemptions,” wrote David Hardy, of the FBI’s Records Management Division, Fox reported.
The letter was sent to Ty Clevenger, who filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in March 2016 requesting FBI and U.S. Justice Department documents exchanged with U.S. Congress about the email investigation.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Wednesday tweeted: “It appears that the swamp is beginning to fill up again when the [FBI] refuses to release [Hillary Clinton’s] emails. #DeepState at work folks.”
Clinton turned over about 30,000 emails to the State Department in 2014, following Freedom of Information Act requests. The requests came after officials discovered that Clinton had sent emails using her personal email account, rather than her secure government account, during her tenure as U.S. Secretary of State.
Clinton’s emails and email etiquette were a prominent talking point of the 2016 Presidential Election, when Clinton ran against and lost to Donald Trump.
Recently, a U.S. District Court judge has ordered that the U.S. State Department re-open its investigation into Clinton’s emails, and search for anything written about the Benghazi attack in 2012 that might be contained on the State Department’s email server, state.gov.
District Court Judge Amit Mehta said the State Department did not do enough it looked for Benghazi-related emails that Clinton might have sent about the assault on the U.S. diplomatic compound. Four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, were killed during the Sept. 11, 2012, attack.