Judicial Watch and The Stream have discovered that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton struck a deal with the State Department that they would withhold certain records, like her call logs and schedules, from the public eye and unable to obtain through a Freedom of Information Act request.
Documents can be held from public record if there is a valid exception, but most of these documents don’t appear to have those exemptions. The documents that were kept from public record also include “Muslim Engagement Documents,” which Clinton reported to have carried off five boxes full of when she left her position, as well as some electronic records.
Clinton’s right hand Huma Abedin is reported to have helped her with this project as well. Judicial Watch obtained the reports by requesting “Authorization for the Removal of Personal Papers and Non-Record Materials” forms filed by Clinton, Abedin, and others.
Clarence N. Finney, was the director of the Office of Correspondence and Records and the reviewing officer said that “the Secretary’s call log, grid, and schedules are not classified, however, they would not be released to the general public under FOIA. They are being released to the Secretary with this understanding.”
The note doesn’t say where on the list of nine FOIA exemptions that these documents fall. Personal items, such as Clinton’s schedule and personal calls on her phone logs would be exempt, but official items there would not be.
It is hard to understand how “Muslim Engagement Documents” are not public records. The FOIA exemptions do not indicate that they would include those kinds of documents.
While Clinton was Secretary, she was doing quite a bit of Muslim outreach. The State Department improved it’s relationship with Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s chief sharia jurist who also promotes jihadist terrorism, while Clinton was Secretary.
Abedin has reportedly close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood since her mother Saleha is a member of the female division, the “Muslim Sisterhood.” Front Page Mag observed, “The focus of the Muslim engagement under Obama was the Muslim Brotherhood.”
Clinton has also seemed to have removed a log containing a list of gifts she’d received along with photos of those gifts. It is against the law for the Secretary of State to receive gifts as a motivation to do something and could be considered bribery. Since we don’t know what those gifts were though, it is unclear if she was bribed.
Gifts that are not personal or from family and friends do not fall under the FOIA exemptions. These gifts could reveal ties to the Clinton foundation because Clinton liked to reward donors to the Clinton Foundation with special treatment from the State Department.
Sadly we will probably never know the nature of those documents, not unless the FBI raids the Clinton home to find them. But this is just yet again another example of Clinton either destroying information, like her emails or keeping from the public’s eye.