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FOIA News: Clinton campaign planned to blitz GOP with FOIA requests

FOIA News (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

linton Team Complains About FOIA Congressional Exemption Passed By Democrats

By Kerry Picket, Daily Caller, Oct. 17, 2016

Hillary Clinton’s campaign complained internally that Congress is exempt from the Freedom of Information Act, so they planned to recruit Washington lawyer Abbe Lowell to send FOIA requests to members of Congress who were investigating Clinton’s emails.

The law, with its congressional exemption, was passed 50 years ago by a Democratic Congress and signed by a Democratic president.

According to a March 5, 2015 email that appeared on Wikileaks as a result of a reported hack of John Podesta’s online communications, Clinton advisor Phillipe Reines sent Lowell an email asking him to FOIA specific Republican members.

Clinton herself “loved the idea,” according to a previous email from Reines but did not want Reines himself sending the requests to Congress, so Podesta suggested Lowell.

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