Statement of Citizens United Executive Vice President And General Counsel Michael Boos On Today's FBI Announcement:
“We’re pleased to learn that the FBI has re-opened the criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email mess. While we don’t know what’s been newly uncovered, the facts already in the public domain demonstrate widespread impropriety.
What the FBI just discovered must be far more serious than what’s already public. The Clintons have lived above the law for far too long. It’s time to empanel a grand jury to get to the bottom of this.”
This week the State Department produced the last batch of Hillary Clinton's State Department schedules.
They cover mostly September 2012 – February 2013, with some random schedules mixed in as well.
Today Citizens United is releasing Secretary Clinton's schedule from September 2012.
As you will see, the schedules for September 1st through 9th are dated 2010.
When asked about this discrepancy, a government lawyer for the State Department said that while the year is wrong, the schedules do reflect what occurred from September 1st through 9th 2012.
Citizens United asked if a correct version of the schedule exists and the government's response was that the records speak for themselves and that in FOIA litigation the State Department produces what exists, not correct errors in the requested records.
Citizens United asked what the reason was for the error and the government's response was that someone made a mistake entering the year in the schedule four years ago.
Citizens United then asked if the State Department was planning on correcting the record and the government again said that in the context of FOIA, the State Department produces records that exist and doesn't clean up errors in the records.
Citizens United is concerned about this revelation.
We believe at very least the State Department should provide a detailed explanation for this error in Secretary Clinton's schedule during the week leading up to the terrorist attack in Benghazi and correct the record for future requesters.
For instance, if a future FOIA request asked for Secretary Clinton's schedule from September 1 – 9, 2012, is it possible the requester would be told no responsive records exist?
Today Citizens United is releasing 198 pages of emails between the State Department and Clinton Foundation on a host of issues.
43 of the pages have to do with the creation of the "Friends of the Clinton Centre" 501c3, its connection to an official State Department trip to Ireland, and a dinner that Secretary Clinton attended that doesn’t appear on her schedule.
Other topics include China, Haiti, Iran, Cuba, Mexico, and more.
The specter of foreign influence and the appearance of conflicts of interest are critically important issues. We will continue to release emails such as these in the weeks and months to come.
In these emails, you'll find the following:
• "Is this accurate?"
• "Following Secretary Clinton's lecture at Dublin City University…Patrick McDermott will provide a room for us for a brief discussion on the Friends of the Clinton Centre 501…"
• "And what does Megan Rodham have to do with this"
• "…asked wjc to help avoid currency legislation b/c it'll mean lots of Chinese businesses collapsing…"
• "When HRC visited Sarajevo, she proposed a program to train Bosnian entrepreneurs through the Clinton Foundation(?)"
• "Oh come on…you can make this happen…"
• "Jake - unfortunately, like a bad penny, I'll keep turning up one way or another."
• "Kicking DS off"
• "Greetings from Jet Li"
• "[REDACTED] wants barbados"
• "I think it should be okay. We have interacted with this guy."
In light of today’s congressional testimony by FBI Director Comey, Citizen United is releasing over 1,300 pages of email correspondence between Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson during their tenures at the State Department.
The American people have a right to know about the activities of high level government officials who have since been given immunity deals by the FBI.
Mills was State Department Chief of Staff and Samuelson was the White House Liaison at State who went on to serve in the White House Counsel’s office.
Mills and Samuelson also sat in during Secretary Clinton’s interview with the FBI as part of her legal team.
These emails shed light on the activities of Mills and Samuelson at the State Department, which included appointments, ethics, vetting, etc.
Most of these emails are from late 2012 to early 2013 around the Clinton-Kerry transition at State.
Our legal team estimates that Citizens United will receive 650 pages of these emails per month until approximately January 2019.