Hillary Clinton and her aide and confidante Huma Abedin were allowed to take many of their U.S. Department of State records to keep them secret when they left office, according to Judicial Watch.
Judicial Watch has just released documents showing that taking those records is “contrary to FOIA [Freedom of Information Act] and other laws.”
The conservative public interest group said that the two were allowed to carry out multiple boxes of records as they walked out the door of the Obama State Department. They were given a specific notation that they may not be released to the general public under FOIA:
NOTE: 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. [Emphasis in original]
Judicial Watch was given a breakdown of some of the items removed:
Electronic copy of “daily files” — which are word versions of public documents and non-records: speeches/press statements/photos from the website, a non-record copy of the schedule, a non record copy of the call log, press clips, and agenda of daily activities.
The new records also show that Huma Abedin was allowed to take five boxes of “physical files” out of the State Department that include records described as “Muslim Engagement Documents.”
The group reported that the originals of some documents were allowed to be taken, with “no indication that a copy was made”:
The most significant of these are her personal correspondence and gift binders, which could reflect Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative ties.
The documents indicate that Clinton removed a physical file of “the log of the Secretary’s gifts with pictures of gifts.”
Gifts are regulated by federal law to avoid a conflict of interest, according to Judicial Watch.
In a press release, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said the people have a right to review these documents:
We already know the Obama State Department let Hillary Clinton steal and then delete her government emails, which included classified information. But these new records show that was only part of the scandal. These new documents show the Obama State Department had a deal with Hillary Clinton to hide her calls logs and schedules, which would be contrary to FOIA and other laws.