America to the FBI: We Deserve to See Hillary Clinton's FBI File

Posted: Sep 06, 2017 9:15 AM
America to the FBI: We Deserve to See Hillary Clinton's FBI File

Last week the FBI refused to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request for Hillary Clinton's emails, citing a "lack of public interest." 

But according to new polling from Rasmussen, a majority of voters believe Hillary Clinton's entire FBI file should be released. 

Most voters still think Hillary Clinton is likely to have broken the law in her handling of classified information and disagree with the FBI’s decision to keep secret its files on last year’s Clinton probe.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 54% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the FBI should make public its files on the investigation of Clinton’s unauthorized use of a private e-mail server while secretary of State. Thirty-two percent (32%) say the FBI should not make those files public, while 14% are undecided.

These numbers come shortly after the Senate Judiciary Committee revealed Comey decided in April 2016, long before the criminal investigation into Clinton's mishandling of classified information had concluded, that he was going to issue a statement of exoneration for the former Secretary of State. 

"According to the unredacted portions of the transcripts, it appears that in April or early May of 2016, Mr. Comey had already decided he would issue a statement exonerating Secretary Clinton.  That was long before FBI agents finished their work.  Mr. Comey even circulated an early draft statement to select members of senior FBI leadership.  The outcome of an investigation should not be prejudged while FBI agents are still hard at work trying to gather the facts," a letter, signed by Chairman Chuck Grassley and Committee member Lindsey Graham states. "Conclusion first, fact-gathering second—that’s no way to run an investigation.  The FBI should be held to a higher standard than that, especially in a matter of such great public interest and controversy."

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Last week former House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz called the FBI's refusal to hand over documents in compliance with the FOIA request "total crap" and "illegal."