(Investor’s Business Daily) – The State Department is dragging its feet with unusual delays in releasing records pertaining to presidential contender Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state. Some requests are up to four years old.
It’s not as if the Associated Press and others that filed the Freedom of Information Act requests were asking for Clinton’s private diaries or the encryption codes used by the State Department. Among the requests are such seemingly innocuous things as schedules, appointment, travel records, where and when she traveled, and who she traveled and met with.
There are items, however, that a 2016 presidential candidate might prefer to remain out of sight and out of mind for as long as possible. We’re thinking about details on the Benghazi terrorist attack and subsequent cover-up of the circumstances surrounding the deaths of four Americans, including the first U.S. ambassador killed on duty in three decades.
The AP requests also include documents pertaining to her department’s decision to appoint her longtime aide Huma Abedin to a position seemingly created just for her, the State Department’s role in the Osama bin Laden raid, and Clinton’s role in overseeing a major defense contractor. At least one of the requests dates back to March 2010.
Abedin might be better known in public as the wife of disgraced former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner. As we’ve reported, Abedin served as Clinton’s deputy chief of staff at the same time she worked as a consultant to the Clinton Foundation and a New York advisory firm tied to the Clintons, one that did business before the government.
Abedin also has some interesting family connections. Her father is said to be close with the Saudi government’s Muslim World League and her mother is said to be a member of the Muslim Sisterhood. World Trade Center bombing prosecutor Andrew McCarthy wrote in National Review:
“The ties of Ms. Abedin’s father, mother and brother to the Muslim Brotherhood are both specific and substantiated.”
Of course, Clinton might ask what difference does it make now that a close, hand-picked adviser had conflicts of interest on many levels and might not have had the best interests of the U.S. at heart in dispensing her advice.
As the AP notes, the State Department has on average taken 450 days to respond to FOIA requests. But in answering FOIA requests regarding Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, it repeatedly has gone beyond that. That average is seven times longer than even Eric Holder’s Justice Department takes, and some 30 times longer than the Treasury Department.