Petition Asks Trump to Intervene on FBI’s Denial of FOIA Request on Hillary Clinton

By David Codrea

There is no credible reason AG Sessions and President Trump should ignore this — provided enough of their core consituency tells them it's an expectation.
David Codrea in his natural habitat.

USA – -( “FBI says lack of public interest in Hillary emails justifies withholding documents,” The Washington Times reported Tuesday. Attorney and Law Flog blogger Ty Clevenger, who “has been trying to get Mrs. Clinton and her personal attorneys disbarred for their handling of her official emails during her time as secretary of state” and for perjury, filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request almost a year-and-a-half ago with the FBI and Department of Justice for related documents.

The response from FBI records management section chief David M. Hardy (not to be confused with Second Amendment attorney and author David T. Hardy, himself a FOIA requester), was telling:

“You have not sufficiently demonstrated that the public’s interest in disclosure outweighs personal privacy interests of the subject.”

The “good” David Hardy (not to be confused with the Mirror Universe version).

“Frankly, I am stunned that I should have to explain why my request pertains to a matter of public interest,” Clevenger replied. “At the time of the perjury referral, Mrs. Clinton was the Democratic nominee for President of the United States, a former U.S. Secretary of State, and a former U.S. Senator. As one would expect, the referral made national news.

“As I wrote at the time, I seriously considered writing that letter in crayon,” Clevenger elaborated. “In retrospect, I should have. This morning I received a letter from the same FBI flunky informing me that the feds still did not consider it a matter of public interest. I wonder how much practice it took to get that stupid.”

Let's assume Wray is serious about his oath.

The fact that careerists with the FBI still feel secure enough under the Trump administration to keep swamp levels rising should trouble all who voted for the president because they believe in the agenda he articulated while campaigning. Of particular concern to gun owner rights advocates:

  • While his candidacy was being considered, FBI Director Christopher Wray used the same  language as confirmed gun-grabber Sen. Richard Blumenthal about using “common sense … legislation” to combat “gun violence.”
  • The FBI recently admitted that it screened all Americans seeking to lawfully purchase a firearm against the Terrorist Screening Database (“TSDB”) upon submission of the ATF Form 4473” (despite no authorization).

Seeing that Wray reports to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has enjoyed strong gun owner support throughout his political career, and that Sessions reports to Donald Trump, who would be back to developing properties if not for gun owners, Hardy’s snotty dismissal of legitimate core constituency concerns should not be allowed to stand. To that end, Clevenger has created a petition addressed to Director Wray, AG Sessions and President Trump, asking them to:

I'm in. Are you?

“Tell the FBI that the public wants the Hillary Clinton records released.”

I signed it. I encourage you to please do so as well, and to be a force multiplier and recruit some friends to follow suit.

UPDATE: A second petition has been announced, this one going directly to the White House. Please take a moment to sign it as well.

UPDATE: A word about some of the comments

About David Codrea:

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.

In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

  • 56 thoughts on “Petition Asks Trump to Intervene on FBI’s Denial of FOIA Request on Hillary Clinton

    1. Panic buying setting in here. Brookshires out of gasoline, and sends for another delivery. Ok sending some of their gasoline reserves to TX. Long lines. It may be a good time to fill up before the panic buying wave comes to you.

    2. Maybe to actually shoot her between the eyes was a little to harsh and rushing to judgement but she should not have access to anything concerning the American ppl again just for wut we do know about their little click maybe not die but she should pay for what she’s done that we do know about imagine what we don’t know about nearly 50yrs in that type of work environment yes theirs more

    3. Several posts mentioned a link to this petition. Where might that link be found, or to make it simple, convenient too, please put it up. Thanks

    4. Dear Mr. Trump: I sincerely disrespect your “lack of willingness” to bring this lowly, life-support system, to justice. For the sake of all AMERICANS, it needs to cease breathing our oxygen!

    5. Dont hold yur breath boys and girls. If Trump were serious about draining the swamp he would have started with Hillary Clinton on his first day in office. Needles to say I am extremely disappointed in Trump and Co. The Republic is doomed if Hillary Clinton, Loretta lynch. Eric Holder and a host of others are not prosecuted, arrested tried and imprisoned for their many crimes against the Constitution and the people of the United States.

    6. Re signing a petition that one might well agree with, put the thing up where people who agree with you can see it, and even sign on.

    7. If you want to collect signatures on a petition, any petition, display, PROMINTLY DISPLAY the thing. That you seemingly tell potential signers to search the thing out is pure hogwash.

      1. Still haven’t found it. You really need to spend as much effort on getting the petition signed as you do putting advertisements on your page!

      2. It took about ten seconds on google to find. Your post literally took longer than a google search would have. Is this your first day on the internet?

    8. The Clinton Crime Cartel has thumbed their noses at America and the American Justice System for far too long. It is way past time they are exposed and held accountable

    9. Hillary should go to jail and they look deep enuff prolly can send bill with her America would be much better place

    10. As a government employee you have no personal privacy. Everything you do is public record, and as such, should be freely viewable. This is a coverup on all levels.

        1. @Sidney Lin, I used the link that you so kindly provided, and it worked perfectly. We all know that Bill and Hillary are betrayers for a dollar of the American people. Please, lets all persevere in our attempts to sign the petition, pressure Jeff “the gentleman” Sessions, and DJT.

    11. Just go to and search the title. You want someone to sign it for you too? Or do you want it done? I agree the author was somewhat lazy, but you have hands. There are several more related petitions as well, sign them all

        1. Oh, and BTW, I also was the 1st one here actually post the link. Just in case some people couldn’t, or wouldn’t find it there selves. Which category are you?

          1. I voted trump thinking he was really gonna get something done but not to sure it’s gonna happen voted trump mostly to keeep hc out but they don’t put her in jail she will try to be president again but hope that never happens

    12. Clinton is being protected by both the GOP and Dems. She knows where the dirt is on both sides and they do not want he to let it all come out if she is jailed. To much corruption on both sides.

      1. Yes yes yes Hitlery Clinton is a criminal in every respect one could become a criminal crooked Hillary all the way somebody put this woman in prison wer she belongs

    13. You write an article, with several links in it, and you’re asking people to sign a Change petition, but you don’t link to the actual petition? Fail…

      1. I totally agree, @Less Interested,

        I clicked on everything in the article before realizing that David never posted it. The only question we have is why? Lazy? Stupid? Thanks to other commenters for posting the link and plan to add my name and forward to others, with the link in my email.

        FAIL…! BIGLY…!

      2. Good point. When one sees something discussed on the internet they are hopeless about ever discovering it unless a direct url is posted.

        If only someone could create some sort of device that allowed you and garryowen to type in words and phrases that searched the internet for it in less time than it takes to create posts complaining about someone else being lazy or stupid for not posting the link.

        I know that sounds pretty far fetched, but maybe one day it might happen. Plenty of people with the attention spans of hummingbirds are counting on it!

    14. I can’t honestly think of ANYONE, other than a lib/Dem that would NOT want to see ALL of her records… The FBI is once again, COVERING the Clintons !

      1. They have been all along, they covered hitlery EVERY step of the way, they even went do far as to cover for that thing (I do not consider hitlery human).

      2. It came out yesterday that it has been discovered that former FBI Director James Kumquat Comey had already decided that there would be no prosecution for Hildebeest before he ever came out with his mealy mouthed speech about “not rising to the level of prosecution”. That b*stard was in bed with Lynch and Co way before hand. Corruptocrats at their finest.

      3. Yes Yes Yes and they always will unless we the people don’t speak out to get something done I didn’t like her wen she was First Lady wow what a joke she needs to be prossicuded and thrown in prison

    15. I believe that david m. hardy made the right decision. Mrs. clinton’s personal privacy interests far outweigh the public interest in viewing her e-mail account. On the other hand the fbi interfering in an americans 2nd amendment right to keep and bear arms must not be tolerated!

      1. Sorry, I have to disagree. There is way too much circumstantial evidence that she mixed her personal emails with those in which she was supposed to be doing “we the the people’s” business. As such, an open perusal of her emails is not just reasonable but necessary. If the FBI won’t do it, it’s incumbent upon Mr Clevenger and others with the expertise and inclination to do so. As one of “the people”, doing so would certainly serve my interest to determine if she indeed did something wrong, as the available evidence appears to indicate.

        1. I’d like to take one of those very accurate federal power shok 308 rifle cartridges and put it between hiterlys eyes from any range wow that would put a stop to all this crap

      2. @michael landree, Wow, a new criminal defense! One’s personal privacy interests out weigh the public interest in gathering evidence! My God that is brilliant. So, my client, the neighborhood burglar, has a garage full of other people’s stuff. He gets caught…yada, yada, yada. I move to dismiss all charges because “his personal privacy interest out weigh the public’s interest in looking in his garage.

        1. we are talking e-mails not personal property. e-mails are not owned like someones personal property, get a clue!

          1. @michael p landree, Sorry michael, I was writing about the hypothetical burglar’s privacy interest. The burgled goods of others do not become his personal property, so I could not have been writing about personal property. Note to secretary: place appropriate and proportional insult here.
            This technique of examining a theory, in this case a legal theory, is Reductio ad absurdum.

      3. @ Michael Landree, Are you trying to pull our leg or start a hot debate over something everyone knows is wrong. Any correspondence with government information on it produced by an employee of the government is property of the government and thusly our business. If you truly believe this you should crawl back under the rock.

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