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David Bossie: Scandal Response 'Right Out of Clinton Playbook'

By    |   Thursday, 04 June 2015 07:33 PM

A Clinton critic says the email scandal surrounding Hillary Clinton is straight from the "Clinton playbook."

David Bossie, the president and chairman of Citizens United, tells Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV's "The Hard Line" he is not surprised how Clinton, who is running for president, is acting regarding her role in the scandal.

"It is right out of the Clinton playbook," Bossie says. "Play beat the clock, run the clock out as long as possible, make this just a partisan attack, make this about enemies of the Clintons, the vast right-wing conspiracy. Those things will all come into play after they attack their accusers, after they blame other people for their woes."

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Clinton is embroiled in a scandal after it became known that she used multiple private email addresses and a private email server to conduct official business when she was Secretary of State from 2009-2013. Republicans and other critics have cried foul, but Clinton has pressed forward and said she gave the government roughly 30,000 of the emails. Another 30,000 were deemed personal and were deleted.

Citizens United, says Bossie, has filed several FOIA requests to gain access to documents Clinton has refused to release. He said the group has begun to receive documents but has yet to release them.

"My cynicism of the Clintons is exactly right because they will not give us documents, they will not give us the information, especially if it is damning," Bossie says. "That is why she has erased all of these emails. That is why they're not turning over the server.

"Who is to say, they say, 'Oh, we've turned over 55,000 pages of documents.' It sounds like a lot, it's not a lot. It's about 30,000 emails over several years.

"That is not a lot of material, folks, and why not give it to the government in a systematic way online, meaning the server, so that the government itself, the Government Reform and Oversight Committee, Trey Gowdy's committee on Benghazi, could search that server themselves. Instead, David Kendall, the Clintons' lawyer, who's been the Clinton lawyer for 20 years, defense lawyer, is now saying, 'Oh, trust us.' And I can tell you, I don't."

Bossie says Citizens United currently has five lawsuits in the court system, and it expects to receive more documents from the State Department in the coming months.

"I do put my trust in the court system and with federal judges and when they issue an order that the State Department will have to comply," Bossie says.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, was irate recently over reports that Clinton's staffers were running interference on FOIA requests when she worked at the State Department.

"In the aggregate, the FOIA management dynamics at the State Department during Secretary Clinton's tenure is troubling," Grassley wrote in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry. "Indeed, the State Department's chief FOIA official recently testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee that Secretary Clinton's actions were 'not acceptable.'

Notably, President Obama declared early in his Presidency that, 'The Government should not keep information confidential merely because public officials might be embarrassed by disclosure, because errors and failures might be revealed, or because of speculative or abstract fears.'"

The State Department, meanwhile, was trying to prove its transparency by submitting a proposal last week to publicly release, in waves, the emails turned over by Clinton.

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