Judicial Watch: State Dept Struck Deal With Clinton, Abedin to Keep Call Logs, Schedules Secret
The State Department struck a deal with Hillary Clinton and her top aide Huma Abedin that allowed them to remove electronic and physical records they claimed were “personal” and “unclassified, non-record materials,” according to Judicial Watch.
Some records were deemed to be personal correspondence, but other records that were removed included Clinton's official schedules and call logs, Ed Henry reported on "Tucker Carlson Tonight."
Abedin was allowed to take five boxes of “physical files” out of the State Department, including records described as “Muslim Engagement Documents," Henry reported.
He said it is not known if the State Department kept copies of the electronic and physical records that were removed.
“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," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. "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."
Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said it's "routine" for former State Department employees to take materials home that are deemed to be personal, and copies are typically made of those materials.
"It's worth asking about, but I wouldn't jump to any conclusions," Dershowitz said.
He cautioned against leaping to accusations of criminality, pointing out that's what many on the left are doing to President Trump in the Russia probe.
On the other hand, Dershowitz said, the government should be disclosing everything in the interest of transparency unless there is an overwhelming national security reason for keeping it temporarily sealed.
"Nothing should ever be permanently sealed," he said. "And I think transparency trumps privacy when you're a government official."
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