A newly declassified FBI memo states the discovery of Hillary Clinton’s secret email server came from a Freedom of Information Act request — raising concerns over John Kerry’s lack of transparency.
The Republican National Committee told the Herald Friday the “political elite” in the Democratic Party are angering voters over a failure to quickly share public records.
The FBI document posted this month states a FOIA request from an unnamed source helped identify “the possible compromise of classified national security information” by Clinton.
The memo, penned by disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok, adds the FOIA “should not be shared or co-mingled … to ensure the FBI’s investigation is not compromised.”
The rest is history.
Six years ago this month, then-FBI Director James Comey announced Hillary Clinton was “extremely careless” for using a private email server as secretary of state. She was not charged but it opened up an onslaught of criticism.
That press conference was the summer surprise of the 2016 presidential campaign she went on to lose to Donald Trump.
Strzok, who was exposed as a Trump hater, also got caught in the spotlight and was ultimately fired. He’s now suing. His case involved an extramarital relationship and scores of texts against Trump. He was also pushed out of Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia’s 2016 interference in the U.S. election.
This memo hits as Kerry, also a former secretary of state, continues to deny the Herald’s FOIA request for basic details about his climate office. The Herald has been told those records will be handed over by October 2024.
A spokeswoman for his Climate Office refused to comment on the record Friday about the status of the FOIA or any possible links to the FBI memo.
RNC Spokesperson Andrew Mahaleris said it all smacks of disregard for the truth.
“Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and John Kerry all have one thing in common: a complete lack of transparency with the American people,” he said. “These corrupt politicians embody everything that Americans hate about our political elite.”
Another critic of Kerry’s blamed President Biden for not forcing Kerry to reveal who he’s hired and what they actually do in the Climate Office.
“For a president who assured the American people time and again from the campaign trail that his administration would be the most transparent in history, Joe Biden has failed to walk his talk,” said Rick Whitbeck, Alaska state director of Power The Future.
He added: “By allowing direct reports the ability to overtly ignore public records requests, the president proves that much of what he promised was never intended to actually be delivered.”
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland had “no comment” on the matter when asked by the Herald this past April about Kerry’s secrecy.
Kerry, formerly a Massachusetts senator, U.S. Secretary of State and failed Democratic presidential candidate, ran from a Herald reporter after an MIT address earlier this year — again dodging any questions about who he actually turns to for climate advice in his office.
Ironically, Strzok writes in his memo on Clinton dated June 8, 2016, that the government lawyer he was writing to working in the Department of Defense should “not disclose the existence of this inquiry or the contents of the provided document.”
He did add Clinton did send out on a private server “emails containing national security information … (later) classified up to the Top Secrt/Sensitive Compartmented Information level.”