December 10, 2014

AP: State Department Delays On Clinton FOIA Requests Prompts Citizens United Lawsuit

Citizens United is suing the State Department “for failing to disclose flight records showing who accompanied Clinton on overseas trips,” according to the Associated Press:

On Wednesday, the conservative political advocacy group Citizens United sued the State Department for failing to disclose flight records showing who accompanied Clinton on overseas trips.

The AP’s own requests, which date back to 2010, have also meet met with delays and missed deadlines:

The State Department has failed to turn over government documents covering Hillary Rodham Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state that The Associated Press and others requested under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act ahead of her presumptive presidential campaign. They include one request AP made four years ago and others pending for more than one year.

The agency already has missed deadlines it set for itself to turn over the material.

The State Department denied the AP’s requests, and rejected the AP’s subsequent appeals, to release the records sought quickly under a provision in the law reserved for journalists requesting federal records about especially newsworthy topics.

In 2008, Hillary Clinton laughably called herself “the most transparent person in public life.” So transparent, it seems, that it takes FOIA lawsuits to release simple records from her time at State.

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