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FOIA News: Gov't files affidavit under seal in HRC email case

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FBI offers second secret filing in Clinton email suit

By Josh Gerstein, Politico, June 6, 2016

The FBI is offering a federal judge a second secret glimpse into the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server.

The Justice Department asked a federal judge Monday to accept "additional details" under seal about how the FBI conducted its search for records a Vice News journalist requested under the Freedom of Information Act from the law enforcement agency about the probe it is conducting into Clinton's email set-up and how classified information came to reside in the Democratic presidential candidate's account.

"These details supplement defendant’s showing that it conducted a reasonable search, but cannot be disclosed on the public record without compromising information that the FBI seeks to protect," Justice Department lawyers wrote, citing FOIA exemption for ongoing government investigations and enforcement actions.

It's the second time the Justice Department has sought to give U.S. District Court Judge Randolph Moss a secret update on the high-profile, Clinton-related inquiry.

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