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RNC Sues for Hillary Clinton’s Records, Targets Top Aides and Allied Groups

Raj Shah - March 9, 2016

Clinton claims to be the “most transparent person in public life” just as the Obama administration claims to be the “most transparent in history.”

Yet, when it comes to complying with information requests under the Freedom of Information Act, the Obama Administration and the State Department especially, have hardly been transparent.

That’s why today, the RNC filed two lawsuits in federal court seeking all of Hillary Clinton’s text and BlackBerry message records during her time at the State Department, as well as communications between the State Department and the Clinton campaign after she left office.

These lawsuits come after the RNC has consistently been stonewalled by the State Department on requests for information the American people are entitled to know.

The first lawsuit targets communications between Clinton and her top aides, several of whom used private email that were later turned over to the State Department:

  • Then-Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills
  • Then-Director of Policy Planning Jake Sullivan
  • Under Secretary for Management Patrick Kennedy
  • Then-IT staffer Bryan Pagliano, who was recently granted immunity for his cooperation with the FBI.

The second lawsuit seeks communications between the State Department, the Clinton campaign, and allied groups after Hillary left in 2013 and ramped up her bid for the White House. 

These actions are just one of many steps the RNC has taken to hold Clinton accountable for her poor judgment and the numerous conflicts of interests she created with her mix of personal, political, and official business at the State Department.

Recall that the State Department had to be forced by a federal judge to release thousands of pages of emails from Clinton’s secret server. Since then, we have learned that Clinton sent or received more than 2,000 emails containing classified information, including 22 emails with information beyond “Top Secret.”

The State Department can not get away with blocking the public’s and the media’s right to information that is manifestly relevant to whether Clinton is fit to lead this country. It must comply with the law, release the records, and allow the public people to learn the truth.  


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