December 14, 2017
Judicial Watch: State Dept Cut Deal for Clinton to Keep Call Logs Secret, Abedin Took ‘Muslim Engagement Documents’
(CNSNews.com) — The government watchdog group Judicial Watch released documents today from the U.S. State Department showing that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her top aide Huma Abedin were allowed to “remove electronic and physical records under a claim they were ‘personal’ materials and ‘unclassified, non-record materials,” including files on Clinton’s telephone calls and schedules that were not to be made public.
In addition, the documents show that Abedin took five boxes of “physical files” from the State Department that included records marked “Muslim Engagement Documents.” All of these records were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request made by Judicial Watch.
“We already know the Obama State Department let Hillary Clinton steal and then delete her government emails, which included classified information,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton in a statement. “But these new records show that was only part of the scandal.”
“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,” he said. “When are the American people going to get an honest investigation of the Clinton crimes?”
The FOIA request asked for “any and all DS-1904 (authorization for the Removal of Personal Papers and Non-Record Materials)forms completed by, or on behalf of” former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, former Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin, and former Deputy chief of Staff Jacob Sullivan.
The documents included, according to Judicial Watch, “a list of official and personal calls and schedules that Clinton removed, which carry a special notation that the documents were not to be made public records.”
A note for those records, signed by State Department official Clarence N. Finney Jr., states that “the Secretary’s call log, grid and schedules are not classified, however, they would not be released to the general public under FOIA. They are being released to the Secretary with this understanding.”
Huma Abedin and her estranged husband Anthony Weiner
Other records taken included an electronic copy of “daily files”; an electronic copy of a log of calls the Secretary made since 2004; an electronic copy of the Secretary’s “call grid”; and 45 boxes of Clinton’s personal and public schedules.
According to Judicial Watch, “the documents [also] indicate that Clinton removed a physical file of “the log of the Secretary’s gifts with pictures of gifts.”